Are you a mastermind?

There’s an old childhood rhyme that goes like this: “If I can count on you, and you can count on me, just think what a wonderful world this will be.”

My mother used to remind me of the saying “two heads are better than one.” In the world of masterminding, several heads bring a synergy of energy, commitment, and excitement. Getting together with other business leaders inspires creativity and goal-setting and gives one an opportunity to brainstorm with people who want to help each other achieve success. When I meet with folks in my own mastermind group, I get pumped up!

Napoleon Hill wrote about mastermind groups way back in the early 1900s. He defined the Mastermind Principle as “the coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.” What goes around comes around, so while one works on helping others in a mastermind group, the others are helping to make things happen in return.

Connecting with prospects through a mastermind group almost certainly guarantees an introduction to the right person in an organization. These folks can help get one’s foot in the door in situations where, without this extra help, one might not have been able to get past the “gatekeeper.”

I’m sure that most folks in a mastermind group would confirm that getting together, especially during recent “interesting” economic times, has been extremely helpful for those whose industries have been challenged. Being a cheerleader for others gets a chain reaction going in the way we handle the everyday challenges. Communications expert Dan Zadra said, “No one can be the best at everything. But when all of us combine our talents, we can and will be the best at virtually anything.”

 

To me, masterminding is taking power networking to another level. It’s an opportunity to get to know people who know people, and who have friends. In his Little Black Book of Connections, Jeffrey Gitomer says, “All things being equal, people want to do business with their friends.” He goes on to say, “All things not quite so equal, people still want to do business with their friends.” Mastermind groups not only help with making friends and connections, they can also help with the following:

  • Creating links from people we know to people we want to know for a specific purpose.
  • Mutual sharing, serving, and supporting one another.
  • Moral support when starting or expanding a business, or changing or upgrading career paths, or changes in personal life.
  • Brainstorming for new ideas. Creative juices flow when several “heads” get together to explore new ideas.

Respect and trust are important in a mastermind group. Group members trust each other to keep secrets, and to give good advice and counsel. Being part of a “brain trust” gives the opportunity to watch (and imitate) success at work.

If we could design the ultimate mastermind group, I think it might include the likes of:

Vince Lombardi – what a great coaching experience he would give.

Bette Midler – because she’s passionate about what she does, and she’s not afraid to tell it like it is.

Bill Cosby – because every group should have some laughs.

Oprah Winfrey – because she’s wise, she knows everyone, she’s happy with her life, and she’s a giver.

And, of course, Napoleon Hill, who wrote the book on masterminding.

Need I say more?

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