Real Life Mastermind

Tuesday was the first formal session of the revamped Real Life Networking Mastermind.

We discussed what I see as Phase 1 of the Mastermind – group/ team building, to strengthen the bond between the players. Think of a molecule that is hard to break because of the tight connection between the individual atoms. That’s one of our first tasks. It can take months or it can happen in an instant. I asked that we do it faster so that we can get down to serious work.

We had a pretty full house – 10 people myself included. We will have to limit membership in this group to a maximum of 12, which I think is actually pushing it a bit. The faces will probably shuffle for a while as people determine their level of engagement. I asked everyone in the room to look at this as a 12 month arc that can produce dynamic, positive outcomes. I’m frankly in the mood for some miracles!

Questions for Every Member

Everyone needs to ask themselves these questions.

  • Why do I want to be a part of this group?
  • Who do I want to be 12 months from now?
  • What accomplishments do I want to see 12 months from now?
  • Am I ready and willing to be an active participant; i.e. will I bring my full attention to the meeting?
  • Will I be at the meetings?
  • Will I take the confidences shared in the group as a sacred trust that stays with me and group members only?
  • Will I be honest about what is going on in my business/ life?
  • Do I commit to build up and not tear down even when I’m pointing out uncomfortable truths?

General Guidelines

This is a start of general guidelines for the group. Kind our policies and rules of conduct.

  • Show up on time.
  • Come to the group as a teach master. Have something of value to teach the group at every meeting.
  • The current speaker owns the space. Eliminate side talk, conversations.
  • Practice laser speech. When you are speaking make your point quickly. Don’t ramble on. When you are done, pass the talking stick, making an ask if you have one.
  • Let your members know if you are just sharing or if you are requesting something.
  • When you do make a request to the group be specific with your ask.
  • Don’t jump in to fix people without asking if  they want help or feedback.
  • Before you start to give feedback or respond to an ask, be sure you really understand what has been said and requested. In other words, listen to understand,

I’ll look to the comments for additional suggestions, both from members and any gentle reader of my blog and make additions and amendments.

Thanks y’all!

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