HSMmG™ – The Right Elements…Make the Best Ingredients

#4  Dec. 16, 2015 by Stephanie Angelo, Chief Focus Officer

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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:

  1. What background (personal and professional) do the potential members possess individually?
  2. Are there members of the group who can draw upon past experience to offer you something new?
  3. Are there any that seem to be talking heads that will undermine the process of everyone having a chance in the hot-seat?
  4. Are any individuals simply there for the social aspect, who prefer chatting more about personal issues than participating in a brainstorming group?
  5. 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?



10 Reasons You Need to Join or Form a Mastermind Group

HSMmG 4 25 percent

Dec. 2, 2015 

Hello Community!  This post was written by friend and colleague Lethia Owens.  I loved her post and asked if I could borrow it to share with you.  Please read on!


10 Reasons You Need to Join or Form a Mastermind Group

By Lethia Owens

Lethia Owens

This week I’ve had a lot of discussions with people about Mastermind Groups. I just attended my monthly mastermind meeting at the Tapestry Network and I am still amazed at how powerful this tool really is with regards to helping an entrepreneur work ON their business. All large corporations have a Board of Directors to be sure the company stays true to their mission, hit their numbers and fulfill their responsibility to stockholders. Small businesses (even sole-proprietorships) need them too.

Every small business owner, CEO, or entrepreneur (in my opinion) need a sounding board, experts on their side, and a safe haven in which to ask for and receive help and advice. The easiest and fastest way to put one together is to join/create a Mastermind Group where each member gets and gives equal doses of advice from the group. I wanted to share with you my top ten reasons why you need one.

  1. In a Mastermind Group the agenda belongs to the group and each person’s participation is key. Peers give each other feedback, help each other brainstorm new possibilities, and set up accountability structures that keep each other focused and on track. They create a community of supportive colleagues who will brainstorm together to move each member of the group to new heights.
  1. Each member gains tremendous insight, which can improve their business and personal life. A Mastermind Group is a powerful influence and resource.
  1. Here is a golden opportunity to interact and collaborate with like minded people in a non-competitive environment.
  1. Be part of a distinct community – a tribe. It is an instant and valuable professional support network. You get to team up with people who are better than you at some area of business or experience – people you can learn from.
  1. You will find and attract people who can help and support you – good match for the long term growth and success of your business.
  1. It helps you establish a strong personal foundation and see beyond what you can see yourself.
  1. Share business models with each other and brainstorm with people who are already on the same wavelength. You get a sense of shared endeavor – that there are others out there!
  1. You can walk away with a gem/perspective changed from each meeting – there’s no wasted time or energy.
  1. Experience, skill and confidence develop from the Mastermind Groups’ support freeing you to take more risks and reach for bigger goals and dreams.
  1. The Mastermind Group will help you design your business (and your life) to be the way you want them to be, not as you’ve been told things should be.