Mastermind: Yes, you should join one.

Napoleon Hill wrote about the mastermind group principle as: “The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.”

Unlike training, mastermind groups bring people together to work as peers. Imagine meeting with others to help you face  difficult challenges or set goals for the future.  When run by a professional facilitator, these groups, create real dialogue, and establish a safe, trusting environment to accomplish just these results.

Every professional, business owner, or manager  is faced with difficult decisions.   Talking with your employees, direct reports, partners, spouse or even hiring an outside consultant can be limiting. Why? Because they have a vested interest in your outcome. Even your CPA or attorney has a professional obligation to help you in a very specific way.  And if you are, in fact, a CPA or an Attorney, who helps you?

One solution that is working for many professionals is participation in a mastermind group.  Whether the group consists of CEOs from different businesses, colleagues from different areas of a large company, or individuals from a cross-section of small businesses, these groups can be the ideal way to address issues.

Every Businessperson Needs a Mastermind

This very specific type of group provides a way to brainstorm and problem solve to meet specific objectives.  Members of the group collaborate by asking difficult questions with the intention of helping you to arrive at viable solutions or new ways of thinking.  In the process of working together, members get to know one another’s strengths and abilities and build trust.

It is next to impossible to understand every facet of  your business.  This is where bringing mastermind members in from a variety of fields can be an enormous benefit.  Think of how simple it could be to see a particular problem through the eyes of different skills.  Mastermind groups can include Operational, Human Resource, IT, Legal, Financial, and lots more kinds of expertise. This is a soulful way to have access to a lot of perspectives.

In today’s business environment, when it comes to making important decisions, there is no reason to feel isolated or alone. Experienced, results-oriented leaders are making mastermind groups an integral and ongoing part of their business.

Find out about High Performance Advocates Mastermind Groups . Just say the word Mastermind in the message. We will contact you to see what will work best for you. And watch Day 14 of the 30 Day Facebook Live Leadership Challenge – The Power of Masterminds

 

Ruth Schwartz is the author of "The Key to the Golden Handcuffs". She is a high performance business consultant and leadership coach. Connect with Ruth to participate in the conversation. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube .

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