I agree. Comparing notes and sharing ideas on common problems is extremely helpful. Took a class yesterday where the instructor used the concept of “feed-forward”. It was almost like speed dating for feedback.
The idea being you, in a group setting:
1) first pick something that you (personal or profession) that you would like to work on for your development.
2) Talk to as many people as possible (one at a time) in a short time span – say 10 minutes.
3) Ask each person for suggestions on the issue you picked for development
4) Write down their suggestions.
There are only two key guidelines:
1) The person providing the suggestions cannot talk about the past. Only future suggestions are allowed.
2) The person asking for feed-forward can only say two words in response. “Thank you”.
I thought it worked really well.