The Origin & Function of Masterminds
What is a Mastermind?
Masterminds are a group of individuals who come together to meet a shared goal. They leverage the power of group think to help participants solve problems, foster accountability & meet their goals.
The term masterminds was popularized by Jonah Hill, more than 80 years ago in his books entitled "The Law of Success" and "Think & Grow Rich". In his own words, masterminds are “The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony... No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind”.
This third mind, or mastermind, has been used throughout history and deployed in various forms. Alcoholics Anonymous, Weight Watchers and other types of accountability and support groups are all examples of mastermind type groups.
Mastermind Group Functions
Masterminds can cover any topic, contain any number of people and last as short or as long as participants choose. In general, Masterminds serve the following functions:
Leverage the Power of Group Think. Individuals come together to share best practices, experiences & resources. They set the agenda and leverage their creative intelligence to support and aid fellow participants. The facilitator manages the meeting agenda and flow, but DOES NOT act as a guru.
Solve Problems. All members participate in the "Hot Seat", to present a question or issue to the group. Group think is then used to generate ideas, explore different perspectives and help individuals overcome obstacles and make better decisions.
Develop Accountability. Masterminds take support groups to the next level by exploring, developing and advancing towards individual goals. Members are expected to share their goals and report back on their progress.
Cultivate Community. Masterminds operate in a safe & supportive environment. Compassion, respect and confidentiality are expected from all participants.
Celebrate. Reaching your goals feels good, and Masterminds provide participants the space to share and celebrate their success. Not only does this feel good, it motivates others and creates a powerful group dynamic.
Because Masterminds group members set their own agenda- the possibilities are endless! Below are just a few examples of the types of activities Mastermind Group members can participate in.
Invite a speaker to present an idea or share additional resources.
Watch a related video, podcast or lecture as a group.
Participate in a training session. Bring an expert or learn from each other.
Hold an annual retreat, a potluck or regular get-togethers.
Incorporate deep breathing exercises, stress reduction techniques or mediation in to your mastermind group.
Read a new book together and discuss as a group.
Develop an offline accountability or support buddy schedule.
Pool resources to invest in an idea, group member or service.
And so much more...
While Masterminds are NOT support groups or therapy sessions, they can be used alongside these programs to accelerate results!
Join a mastermind alongside your work with a therapist or doctor.
Pair your mastermind with a personal coach for individualized support.
Use masterminds to supplement a training or certification program.
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