Mastermind Groups Weblog
Zina has asked me via Twitter:
Would you have any suggestion on how to improve upon enhancing our MMG’s consistancy in being present and accountable?
Thanks Zina for the question! I’ve already sent an answer via Twitter in many installments, but the limited number of characters makes it difficult to get into any depth. Therefore here’s the answer again in a bit more detail.
First of all, an MMG can only be as good as its members. It the members are unreliable and not accountable in other areas of their life, it’s highly like that this spills into the Mastermind Group. “How you do anything is how you do everything” (old Zen wisdom).
But we assume here that the members have an average or above accountability level. If that doesn’t show within the MMG context, there might be a couple of reasons: Read more »
Mastermind Groups are as good as their members. In a good group the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Then the “Mastermind” can be experienced, the synergy of the group members. Everybody in the group can be lifted up and walk away with more energy and focus than before the meeting.
Someone I met on Twitter searched and found a Mastermind Group in his vicinity. Eager to learn and contribute, searching for energy and focus, he went to join for one session, and found it disappointing. Read more »
I just published a short research report I did for the International Coaching Academy in 2007:
“On the Role of Coaching and Coaches in Mastermind Groups”
In case structured analysis is for you, check it out:
Helping Each Other
It’ a fact: When human beings cooperate, the same parts of our brains light up that are aroused when we eat chocolate. This was discovered by neuroscientists using M.R.I scans:
“We’re hardwired to enjoy cooperation” (source: NYTimes).
Creating A Better World
Yes, we can! (even without Obama). We don’t need no leaders. We do it one action at a time. Willingness first, mindset second, action third.
We’re all one
Watch this video by Dan Reed
I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business.
I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black men, white.
We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery.
We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone.
And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.
Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.
We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge as made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little.
More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.
Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost. The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together.
The very nature of these things cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.
Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world, millions of despairing men, women, and little children,
victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.”
The misery that has come upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress.
The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as
men die, liberty will never perish.
Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to these brutes who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives,
tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle and use you as
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—machine men with machine minds and machine hearts!
You are not machines! You are men! With the love of humanity in your hearts! Don’t hate!
Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.
Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!
In the seventeenth chapter of St. Luke, it is written that the kingdom of God is within man,
not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power, the power to create
machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful,
to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.
Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a
decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age a security.
By the promise of these things,
brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise.
They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to free the world!
To do away with national barriers! To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance!
Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to the happiness of us all. Soldiers,
in the name of democracy, let us unite!
Words by Charlie Chaplin
We as his Mastermind Group kept encouraging him when he could use it most, because any achievement of this calibre is never done half-heartedly, and it never goes without setbacks and difficult phases. And he succeded greatly in the end. Now he has packaged his knowledge for the first time for a public audience, teaching his Jedi tricks and processes for golf and beyond.
“Onwards and Upwards with Discipline and Fun!”, that’s the motto I gave this blog, and the fun part is as important in running an MMG as the discipline. In this short post I will report a bit from my own Mastermind Groups, and some things we do to insert some laughter and smile into the process.
Mastermind Groups are all about commitment. Some would say, no: Mastermind Groups are all about results!, … no networking!, … or masterminding. All true.
But without some true commitment, nothing really works .
Not the group itself, nor does your life.
If you or your fellow members get into the habit of not showing up, it’s basically over. You can as well discontinue the group and start a new one, or find something else that works better for you.
I know. It’s odd to start a blog on Mastermind Groups by talking about seemingly unrelated stuff. However, I like to cultivate a broader perspective on Mastermind Groups. Bear with me …
Sign of the times
I think Mastermind Groups are a characteristic of the new millenium, a phenomenon of our current time. That’s why we’ve seen a renaissance of Mastermind Groups in the last years. It has something to do with the whole idea of connecting people, the internet, and also caring for each other in new ways . Look at the raving success of social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, Xing, and even Twitter. People love building communities, and the internet encouraged connecting with each other long before these sites appeared on the screen. They are just the last step in the evolution of how we use the internet for creating bonds and exchanging ideas. And maybe the internet is only a step towards something bigger and more important.