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Diane Lenne, Founder & CEO at We Are Peers
Learning Inspiration 🌈 #38
Diane Lenne is the founder and CEO of We Are Peers. We Are Peers enables peer-to-peer learning within organizations through educational programs and applications. She founded the EdTech startup in 2017, just after graduating from the prestigious EM Lyon Business School. Diane is passionate about education and empowering people to grow by learning from each other.
Who is your biggest source of inspiration?
Growing up, I was inspired by Voltaire and his fight for tolerance and freedom of thought, and by his intense and adventurous life.
I was recently inspired by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her strength in expressing her convictions and in her wholeness. And, by Carissa Moore’s life philosophy, a world champion surfer.
And every day, I am inspired by my team’s work, ideas, and resilience. 💙
How do you keep learning on a daily basis?
I learn from analyzing what I do, what worked, and what didn’t work? From it, I can set a new course of action and repeat this process over and over. I also learn from my feelings and emotions and what makes me productive or not.
I learn from others. From weekly support professional peer groups to mentors who can help me plan for where I am headed. For specific topics, I reach out to specialized experts. For example, I heard about the Working Backward Method for product development. I wrote to the head of technology at Amazon, and he responded with useful resources.
I learn from my daily life. I don’t just use the service to repair my bike and then move on. I researched how they marketed the service and explained their value proposition, team composition, and overall business strategy. After buying a delicious coffee, I would want to know how they have trained their coffee makers and designed their quality processes.
For mindset, I learn from composers, authors, and athletes. I explore how they interact with their community, how they find inspiration, and learn about their work ethic.
I learn from writing and sharing knowledge, such as publishing articles or speaking at conferences. These activities encourage me to learn and read more and to clarify my understanding.
When I want to learn a new skill, I watch Youtube tutorials.
What are your favorite books 📚?
One book that comes to mind is Mastery, written by Robert Greene, which I found invaluable in helping to find your life path. Otherwise, I like autobiographies such as the story about the fearless pilot in Mermoz by Joseph Kessel (French). Born to Run by Christopher McDougall also inspired me. He shares the secrets behind the performance of the world’s greatest distance runners.
What is your favorite podcasts 📺?
Growth Makers (French) give you many tools, methods, and stories on growing a company and In Depth from First Round, a special podcast for founders.
I recently discovered Louie Media for French podcasts on emotional intelligence and Open Opal to build inspiring organizations.
What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome this year, and how did you do that?
Building a marketing and sales process and finding what works for We Are Peers. I have experimented with as many things as I could and then analyzed my successes and mistakes. I listened to podcasts, followed blogs, and asked for feedback and guidance from experienced professionals.
My personal challenge is slowing down and taking time to relax which is critical to be able to step back and delegate. I have found a coach to help me through this. In return, I’ve helped her to design her coaching platform. 😁 Otherwise, I try to not put any pressure on myself during weekends.
What would you tell the 25-year-old version of yourself 🙍♀️?
Don’t wait for anyone or anything. Start where you are. Use what you have.
If you were to stay alone on an island and only be allowed to bring one item, what would it be 🏝?
My notebook. I like to write down my thoughts and draw about funny things I have experienced.
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