The Power of a Mastermind – Is it Right for You?

I am a strong advocate of mastermind or peer mentoring groups for every one.  In fact, I have participated in a mastermind group or two every year in the past 20 years.  A mastermind group is your Success Team, Board of Advisors,  and Confidant.  Together you work together for your collective success.

Whether you want to grow your career, advance your business, initiate changes in your department or keep yourself accountable to your goals, a mastermind can help you.  The father of the mastermind, Napoleon Hill (and author of Think and Grow Rich), described a mastermind group as

“The coordination of knowledge and effort in a spirit of harmony,
between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”

 

In an article, “The Benefits of Belonging to a CEO  Group”, author Christopher Haan discussed how a peer mentoring group can help you manage your business and your better.  The same can be said for managing your career.  In his article, Haan states that participants  in a mastermind or peer mentoring group must be ”active participants …– doers, not just listeners”.  Mastermind participants who are CEOs, executives, or leaders participate because they are most likely not always going to hear what they need to hear from employees, the Board of Directors or colleagues, he says. “They come because people will tell them what they need to hear, not just what they want to hear. They really like having an objective sounding board of CEOs whose only agenda is to help you and your business get better.”

 

How does a mastermind group improve your business or career?

When you join a mastermind group you have an opportunity to join a select group of motivated and dedicated business leaders who are open and willing to take the steps toward collective success.  Each participant brings their knowledge, skills, experience and insights.  They also embrace the concept of sharing & supporting each member of the group.  Receiving honest, frank feedback is not always what you want to hear but when given in a supportive environment, it allows you to seek solutions to turn negatives into positives, gain insights into how others perceive a situation or brainstorm new ideas.

 

A spark sets you in action, allowing you to gain velocity and sustain momentum.

 

Virtual or In-Person

There are a variety of different mastermind groups available for entrepreneurs, professionals, CEO’s and more.   Each group brings its own culture and can be run in both facilitated and non-facilitated formats.

Virtual groups offer you the ability to connect with others in your city, province, state, country or globally all from the comfort of your home or office.  There are great time savings because you don’t have to travel to the meeting location.  Technology allows groups to video-conference together and improve the connectivity over telephone calls alone.   Not meeting in person takes self-discipline to turn off your cell phone, email notifications and any other distractions.  A mastermind only works when every member of the group is fully engaged and involved.

I have loved my virtual groups.  My current mastermind team is global.  We meet via Zoom.us because members of our group live and workGlobal Virtual Mastermind and Mentoring in the USA, Canada, the Netherlands and Hong Kong,  Each of us are business owners or senior managers, some in similar fields, others very different.  It is the distance geographically that works to our advantage as we are better able to share our approaches and we learn the differences between cultures, specialties and more.  The bond we have created and the support we each garner has helped members grow their business, write a book, take action on a dream to spend a month in Peru, and connect with new opportunities that may have passed by otherwise.

In person groups offer participants very focused meetings where you can connect in-person with other participants.  For some, this format works much better than a virtual group.  I have participated in this type of mastermind as well.  In fact, I really enjoyed getting together with my mastermind team.  We created a great environment to share and gain the support we needed to really step up into new arenas.  A face-to-face group does have some drawbacks — most importantly is that everyone must live in the same geographic area and you have to allow extra time to travel to the meeting location.  Timeliness is also critical – Time is money!  Respecting each other enough to arrive on time, stay focused on the topic at hand, and being willing to discuss the “hard” areas will make this type of group a valuable addition to your business or career.

Facilitated or Self-Run – There are two different approaches to mastermind groups.  Some groups are self-run, usually with one or two members taking on the role of leader.  Many self-run groups have a loose agenda and experience a shorter lifespan.  I have belonged to several self-run masterminds in the past two decades and two of them have survived for more than 10 years, although a few members came and went. the core remained in place thus offering stability.

On the other hand, facilitated masterminds offer members an opportunity to focus on their business or career.  Rather than having to organize and lead the group, energy is spent on participating in the mastermind.  The facilitated meetings generally have a fee attached and the facilitator will organize and lead the group, keep everyone on schedule and help coordinate resources, guest speakers and screen new members.

To Retreat or Not

In many facilitated mastermind programs, an in-person retreat is included.  A retreat usually include only the mastermind participants.  Others may invite other people to participate to ensure the group size will maximize the benefit a retreat can create.  A Retreat may include fun activities, guest speakers, learning sessions, mastermind “hot seat” sessions and more!  Getting away from your daily routine to focus on what’s important to you, and interacting with other motivated and supportive individuals make these retreats, in my opinion, the most valuable part of a mastermind.

 

Few things can accelerate you toward your goals faster than a mastermind group. Michael Hyatt

 

Take the next step

If you are ready to take action and ignite your career or business and reach new goals, a mastermind group maybe tGo Confidently Quotehe solution for you!  As a mastermind facilitator, I bring groups together who are at the same phase or have a common focus,  In September 2016 I will be hosting a virtual mastermind.   The Gold Spark Mastermind is a 6-month program designed for experienced managers, executives, entrepreneurs, CEO’s.  Groups help to create their own mastermind culture.  Members also have input into the approach, topics, schedule and format.

Three options exist —

  • Mastermind alone,
  • Mastermind + Retreat or
  • Mastermind + Retreat + 1:1 Coaching

As a member of a mastermind you will be supported in your goals and accountability is a built-in component of each group.  You will receive a Mastermind Success Tracker, access to monthly book reviews, expert interviews or tele-seminars for added support.

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If you have questions, book an Ignite Session with me and we can explore this option for you.

Fast Action Bonus — ends August 20th.

Powerhouse Team

During an episode of “The Property Brothers at Home”, the twins were discussing a project they were working on.  Each had ideas they wanted to include in the project – almost polar opposites.  During the show they were bantering back and forth and a new (and better) idea surfaced that they both liked.  Interestingly enough, they commented about how they frequently bring different perspectives forward and through their discussions land on an even better solution than they would have arrived at individually.

This is a very simplistic example of how two (or more) minds coming together usually come up with better solutions brain ideas pd 11575587_sthan would occur individually.

Is a group always better?

When a team within an organization come together, they too can mastermind to enhance the decisions and solutions.  Unfortunately this doesn’t always happen.  In most work situations, people attending a meeting have different levels of authority.  If the meeting is not structured to encourage the sharing of ideas and perspectives regardless of position (rank), then employees will most likely refrain from speaking up when they hMeeting Teamave a different perspective or idea than their boss.

Another phenomenon that happens in many groups occurs where complacency reigns.  Group Think occurs when everyone on the team begins to think alike.  The status quo is embraced and innovation and varied perspectives are fail to be embraced and encouraged.

Challenge the Status Quo

As a leader of a business, division or committee, creating and sustaining an effective group is important if you want to have a positive impact.  To help prevent group think in your team, always be willing to challenge what seems obvious.  When you challenge teams, they will be more creative and innovative and new and more successful solutions can result.

My recommendation is to always ask Why.  Not just once, but many times throughout the process.  This one simple word can invoke a wide variety of thoughts, ideas, and new solutions.

Case Study

I was working with a client, who I’ll name Joe.  He had a team of managers who worked well together but results from the management team were not helping them keep pace with competitors.  When we looked at past decisions and outcomes, a pattern became apparent.  Most of the decisions were introduced by one manager, and after a short discussion, minor adjustments, that solution was implemented.  It was quick, easy and painless.  What they learned is that it wasn’t the right approach.

Our solution was to create a structure which would guide the decision making process so that they would compete more effectively and grow their business.  This decision making process included brainstorming, risk assessment, resource evaluation, and a beta test before final launch.  Through the beta test they can ask what is working, what is not and most importantly why!  The answers fueled their future discussions and decisions and led to more innovation and better profits.

Working Alone or Looking for More Diverse Perspectives?

Small and medium business leaders often have a small leadership team.  Their ability to ask for feedback, gather different perspectives or garner support (cause it can be lonely at the top) is limited.

Arrow up ID-10022718So… a mastermind (peer-mentoring) group can be the solution!  Why!  You become part of a unique group of motivated, goal oriented, successful business leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs who, like you, are focused on being a good leader, better business person and make better decisions that ignite results, engage employees, grow business and helps them professionally and personally.

A Mastermind Group offers all participants unprecedented opportunities to lead change, grow business and become a stronger leader and a confident person.   Learn more about our Achieve More! Mastermind   Sign up today to reserve your spot!  The Group is limited to 10 participants.

 

Business Is Out there for the Taking

Welcome

This is Catherine Rocheleau, founder of Ignite Leadership International speaking to you from my outside office. I hope you will enjoy this short video on what summer offers you, as a business leader, so you too can ignite results! Let’s Ignite Summer together!  Click here to learn more or book a complimentary call using the button in below and we’ll chat!

 

“You CAN NOT achieve your major definite

Why You Should Take Advantage of Summer

I have always found that the summer is a great time for business owners, executIgnite Summer Infographicives, managers and professionals to take advantage

According to Peter Drucker, business leaders should “attack the problem of increasing business effectiveness systematically—with a plan of action, with a method of analysis, and with an understanding of the tools he needs.”

I love having more time in my day to look back at what I’ve accomplished in my business, identify what’s working, and what’s not.  Having quieter, and structured days in the summer allow me to make the changes needed to reignite and improve results, I’m also able to innovate, plan and create new programs and more.

My goal is always work smarter not longer in the summer so I can take advantage of the long days and warmer weather.

To help you I’ve created this new program “Ignite Summer”

This beta program has now launched!  Space is limited and the time is ticking — We start on June 15/15.

If you’re like me and you want to be more productive, make more money, save time and reignite business you’ll want to join me!  

Click Here to learn more!

Mastermind CEO Groups

In a recent article “The Benefits of Belonging to a CEO  Group” author Christopher Haan discusses how a peer mentoring group can help you manage your business better.  In this article, Haan states that participants must be ” active participants …–for doers, not just listeners”.  Mastermind participants who are CEOs participate because they are ” not always going to hear what they need to hear from employees or the board,” he says. “They come because people will tell them what they need to hear, not just what they want to hear. They really like having an objective sounding board of CEOs whose only agenda is to help you and your business get better.”
StudyBuddy2How does a mastermind group improve your business or career?

When you join a mastermind group you have an opportunity to join a select group of motivated and dedicated business leaders who are open and willing to take the steps toward collective success.  Each participant brings their knowledge, skills, experience and insights.  They also embrace the concept of sharing & supporting each member of the group in a frank yet

Receiving honest, frank feedback is not always what you want to hear but when given in a supportive environment, it allows you to seek solutions to turn negatives into positives, gain insights into how others perceive a situation or brainstorm new ideas.

Virtual or In-Person

There are a variety of different mastermind groups available for entrepreneurs, professionals, CEO’s and more.   Each group brings its own culture and can be run in both facilitated and non-facilitated formats.

Virtual groups offer you the ability to connect with others in your city, province, state, country or globally all from the comfort of your home or office.  There are great time savings because you don’t have to travel to the meeting location.  Technology allows groups to video-conference together and improve the connectivity over telephone calls alone.   Not meeting in person takes self-discipline to turn off your cell phone, email notifications and any other distractions.  A mastermind only works when every member of the group is fully engaged and involved.  I have loved my virtual groups.  One of the mastermind teams I belonged to was global.  Since we all had similar businesses, the distance geographically was a benefit because we weren’t targeting the same clients.

In person groups offer participants a very focused meetings where you can directly connect with each participant.  For some, this format works much better than a virtual group.   I really enjoy getting together with my mastermind team.  We have created a great environment to share and gain the support we need to really step up and into new arenas.  A face-to-face group does have some drawbacks — most importantly is that everyone must live in the same geographic area and you have to allow extra time to travel to the meeting location.  Timeliness is also critical – Time is money!  Respecting each other enough to arrive on time, stay focused on the topic at hand, and being willing to discuss the “hard” areas will make this type of group a valuable addition to your business or career.

Facilitated or Self-Run – There are two different approaches to mastermind groups.  Some groups self-run, usually with one or two members taking on the role of leader.  many self run groups have a loose agenda and experience a shorter lifespan.  I have belonged to several self-run masterminds in the past two decades and two of them have survived for more than 10 years, although members came and went.

On the other hand, facilitated masterminds offer members an opportunity to focus on their business and participating instead of organizing and leading the mastermind.  The facilitated meetings generally have a fee attached and the facilitator will organize and lead the group, keep everyone on schedule and help coordinate resources, guest speakers and screen new members.

Take the next step

If you are ready to catapult your career or business to the next level, a mastermind group is for you!  As your mastermind facilitator, I bring groups together who are at the same phase or have a common focus and I run both in person and virtual options.   A 6 month commitment to the group is requested, with membership month to month thereafter.   Groups help to create their mastermind culture.  Members also have input into the approach, topics, schedule and format.

As a member of a mastermind you will be supported in your goals and accountability is a built-in component of each group.  You will receive a Mastermind Success Tracker, access to monthly book reviews, expert interviews or tele-seminars for added support.

 

Apply today for one of my new groups starting in September 2016

Visit Gold Spark Mastermind

 

A lesson learned

Last evening I attended the book launch event for the  Financially Empowered Woman by  Tracy Theemes.  Not only was the event a cozy welcoming environment, it also offered good networking opportunities and some great insights into the time and effort necessary in becoming a published author.

Tracy offered some great insights in her usual forthright and humorous fashion.  I thought I would share my interpretation of her comments.

1.  When a good idea bubbles to the surface, you don’t always act on it right away!

How many times have you had a good idea only to push it aside because you don’t think you have the confidence, time, energy or resources to accomplish it.  Many good ideas have to percolate and will keep resurfacing until you make a firm decision.   Is it a “go” or “no-go”?

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.

Napoleon Hill

2.  Your idea will always take more work than you think… but that’s ok.

I know… this can be a big draw-back from making the decision to move forward on your idea.  It’s human nature to want to get the biggest reward for the least amount of energy.   Push that idea aside and just start taking small steps and set aside time to focus on your idea.  Before you know it you’ll realize good progress until it’s done!

Decide what you want .. believe you can have it, believe you deserve it, believe it’s possible for you.

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3.  You can’t do it alone!

I hear this statement over and over… and I remind my clients of this  fact too.   Your capacity to achieve greatness is greater than you can accomplish alone.  Every great leader or successful business leader share one common trait… they leveraged their network to help them reach their goals.   For some it may be family or close friends.  For others it may be colleagues at work, a boss, a sponsor, mentor or customer.  A Coach or a mastermind group are other resources available to you to gain the support, accountability, encouragement, and brain power of others.

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish,

but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.”

Napoleon Hill

As a business leader, are you motivated to take your career or business to the next level?  Do you want to expand your network, improve your personal and professional self-confidence and expand your knowledge and leverage the skills and ideas of others to broaden your  understanding of key business issues, trends and explore opportunities?

If this sounds like you, I recommend that you consider joining a mastermind group.   

I don’t know anybody who has become supersuccessful who has not employed the principle of masterminding.
Jack Canfield  Author Chick Soup for the Soul

I have participated in one or more mastermind groups for over 20 years.  Each group shared some key attributes which have enabled them endure changes and the ups and downs that naturally occur with groups.   I cannot count the number of times my mastermind partners were the nudge, power, support or cushion as I grew, recreated and regrew my business over that time period.  I truly believe that every business person needs to find and get involved with a mastermind team.

“You CAN NOT achieve your major definite purpose in life with out using the power of the MasterMind.”

Napoleon Hill

I am so committed to this concept I decided it was time to create an option for others who are motivated to be better, offer more, and achieve more to themselves, others and their community.   There are lots of different options available to you… so why consider mine?

->  I have build and participated in a lot of masterminds.   You can benefit from what I bring to the table as your facilitator.

-> Groups will be created to compliment the skills and needs of each participant so we maximize the benefit from the ‘many minds’ effect.  My goal is for you to learn and receive as much as you give.

-> You are joining a group where expectations are shared up-front, and everyone joins with a similar commitment to the first 6 months.

-> It doesn’t matter where you live or work… you can join my virtual boardroom via telephone, computer or skype from the comfort of your office or home.    Mastermind groups offer personal and professional development with a twist!

Take action today to reserve your spot for sessions starting September 2013.

Set up a complimentary session with me so we can place you in the appropriate group before spaces fill up!

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It’s Time to Get Going!

Over the past week, I have been busy attending trades shows and giving presentations to different audiences.   I have been offering attendees some specials which are due to end very soon!  I have decided to open up these specials to everyone!

2013 is approaching very quickly!

Are you ready to jump on a good opportunity now

to drive business results in the new year? [Read more…]

Are You Ready for Change?

Last week I was fortunate to attend a speakers meeting.  Everyone attending the event was a speaker in their field.  The format of the meeting was quite similar to a Toastmasters meeting but each of us was asked to make two short impromptu presentations.

The topic for the meeting was “That’s My Story and I’m Sticking With It”.  When I was first told about the topic I was not very clear how I could incorporate that topic into a short presentation.  On my way to the meeting, I realized that the best topic to speak on was change! [Read more…]

Stretch Goals…Step Forward & Grow

How high do you set your personal and business standards?  In my mastermind group we determined that we all set the bar pretty high for ourselves and we are committed to reaching and exceeding our own goals and performance standards.  Each of us has been an entrepreneur for several years and have each enjoyed many successes.  We also set the bar high when we were in school and in our prior careers.  As a successful mastermind group that has been together for 3 years our commitment to each other’s success is a testament of our high standards.  Our mastermind provides a solid, safe place to face our fears, brainstorm ideas and celebrate our successes.  In order to achieve our goals and dreams, each member of our group sets business and personal goals that will move us forward and allow us to grow. These are stretch goals.

Stretch goals are commonly referred to in the business world as a way to achieve more.  Stretch goals require a person or business to ambitiously extend itself  beyond what seems realistic within current paramentersJohn Miller wrote about the conflict between stretch goals and smart goals in his blog.  Here is the acronym he presented to explain how the two fit together:

“S = SMART goals that

T = teach an organization how to

R = reach higher levels of performance by

E = engaging everyone in

T = testing hypotheses through

C = cross-functional cooperation

H = in a humane fashion.”

Setting the bar high should be reflected in your performance as well.  Is the quality of the product you offer your customers reflective of your standards?  Continuous quality improvement will occur when you continually reassess current systems, standards and outcomes and then set the bar higher.  Rejig to keep things current, and to maintain quality and performance — it also keeps life challenging and interesting!

Elevating operations, goals, expectations and deliverables takes planning and dedicated effort.  A Coach or Mentor or Mastermind Group can help make you stretch and achieve your goals by keeping you accountable.  I challenge you to raise the bar in business and your own life and reap the rewards that follow.

The Power of Many

Are you feeling stale in your job?
Do you have a sense of uninspired leadership?
Are you isolated or feeling unsupported?

If you answered yes, our Leadership Mastermind programs are for you.

A mastermind group is also referred to as a peer mentoring group or personal board of directors. Napoleon Hill shared the concept in his book “Think and Grow Rich” [Read more…]

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