What is the Going First Study Group?​

This event series is an open bi-monthly gathering of high-performing, impact-seeking leaders.

Why am I hosting the Study Group? Because purpose is a team sport. I relish the deep conversations and resulting transformation that I get to witness in my one-on-one coaching sessions. And, I have known and witnessed the power of peer learning for over 20 years, starting in my first job, supporting global youth activists. 

In 2024, I am convening the Going First Study Group to guide impact-seeking leaders to clarify, refine, and activate the way that we each achieve our desired contributions. For ourselves, our families and teams, and the communities around us. You are warmly invited to join us, twice monthly (or so), on the New and Full Moons, for honest, thought provoking, inspiring, and action-oriented conversations.

The poet David Whyte said that good conversation is both ‘nourishing and disturbing’. I aspire to provide a safe and loving community for just that sort of interaction, the kind that leads to truly transformational insights.

New Moon sessions will be focused on learning and action planning. I’ll invite a brilliant, open-hearted, purpose-seeking leader to join us, sharing their perspective on the topic at hand, including the struggles they’ve learned from, successes they’re celebrating, and open questions they’re contemplating. 

Full Moon sessions will be more of an Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) format. I’ll start with some content and guiding questions for you to engage with, and then we’ll open up to participants’ questions, comments, and insights.

Who Should Join & Why?​

There are no prerequisites for the Going First Study Group, other than the traits I outline for a Purpose Party in the book: authenticity, self-acceptance, self-awareness, willingness to change, tenacity, and purpose. If you feel clear that you have, or are intentionally working toward, those traits, you are welcome. 

The group will include ‘leaders’ in the broadest sense of the word, from across sectors, functions, ages, geographies, and other backgrounds. Indeed, the very value of the group is enhanced by the diversity of its members. 

Reading my book, Going First: Find the Courage to Lead Purposefully and Inspire Action, will deepen your understanding of the topics discussed and frameworks we use in the Study Group. The book contains anecdotes from my own experience, plus interviews with 150 executive leaders, as well as the Spheres of Impact, Spectrum of Impact, and Me-We-World frameworks we’ll be using. All of this content offers inspiring and relevant insights for your own learning to deepen your experience in the Study Group, but is not a prerequisite. 

We will reference and work through some of the companion volume, Purpose Party Playbook, which is another way to multiply your investment of time and energy in the Study Group. If cost of either book is a barrier, please let me know and I will gladly provide electronic copies.

The research is clear: having a sense of why we do what we do, and how our efforts matter, is good for us. It improves our physical and mental health, contributing to a longer and healthier life. It’s also good for the teams and communities we’re part of, building trust, facilitating collaboration, and increasing our positive impact on the people and planet around us.

So, if you are a high-performing leader, thinking about how to have more impact without piling on more to-do’s for yourself or your team, join us and learn to harness the regenerative energy of living and leading with purpose. Specifically, you’ll gain:

    • Clarity about your best contribution - how and when you are at your best;
    • Ways to leverage purpose and intentionality to support your team’s wellbeing and performance; and
    • A framework to integrate your desired impact into all that you do, increasing your impact without consuming more energy to build the legacy you want to leave behind.


If you have additional questions or would like to be added to the 2024 Study Group feel free to email nell@3dperformancegroup.com & we would love to help!



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