#4 Dec. 16, 2015 by Stephanie Angelo, Chief Focus Officer
Have you ever eaten at a traditional German restaurant in Germany, and then eaten at a traditional German restaurant in the U.S. and noticed the food just isn’t the same? Or have you eaten New York Pizza in New York, and then New York style pizza somewhere else in the U.S. and your taste buds just didn’t have the same experience? That’s because all ingredients are not created equal. There truly is something different within the very elements that make up the individual ingredients.
The same is true of Mastermind Groups. Whether you belong to a business mastermind group or a group that is based on a book club, a cause or anything else, how you go about your group brainstorming is dependent on the people you have in your group. Is it a collaborative group of friends chosen somewhat at random? Is it a number of individuals from the same workplace but in different functional areas? Are you all from the same industry? Is there a selective application process, like the one used in High Stakes Mastermind Groups™?
Whether you are the facilitator forming a mastermind group or someone who is thinking of joining one, give careful thought to the element of individual members. Think to yourself what you want your end result to be. What are your goals? Will these people get you where you want to go? Will you have the energy to help them achieve their goals in return?
Some tips to bear in mind:
- What background (personal and professional) do the potential members possess individually?
- Are there members of the group who can draw upon past experience to offer you something new?
- Are there any that seem to be talking heads that will undermine the process of everyone having a chance in the hot-seat?
- Are any individuals simply there for the social aspect, who prefer chatting more about personal issues than participating in a brainstorming group?
- Do some individuals balk at the idea of being held accountable?
If you truly are ready to be a part of something better, faster, and stronger than a networking or leads group then you will take the time to research what you’re getting yourself into. In High Stakes Masterminds ingredient HSMmG, we believe in the strength of intimacy and trust that grows and sustains when members can rely on the consistency of the group. Isn’t it time you had the best ingredient in your life?