The Mystery of Mastermind Groups!

Mastermind groups are fantastic.

I’m in two of them, and the opportunity to hang out with a fantastic group of bright, intelligent established or up and coming people from all around the world and bounce ideas off of them and help each other on a weekly or fortnightly basis is just invaluable.

And it constantly amazes me when I find my way to spend some time with and study with any of the really established big name gurus, sooner or later they slip something in to the conversation about a meeting with their mastermind group, or the pivotal role that a mastermind group played in helping them get to where they are today.

The concept of mastermind groups can be traced back at least as far as Napoleon Hill in his classic 1937 book  Think and Grow Rich. There, Hill introduced the concept of a Master Mind as (chapter X):

“Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”

Hill went on to suggest that:

“No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.”

Or in other words, the sum of the mastermind group activity can be greater than the sum of its parts, the individuals participating in the group.

It’s fascinating to go back and hear Hill talk about Mastermind groups himself on video:

In practice, Mastermind groups are usually a little bit less esoteric than they sound as Hill introduced them.

However, there is still quite a bit that goes in to developing and running a Mastermind group effectively, from how to bring the right group of people together to how to facilitate the meetings effectively.

In the groups I’m in, the process is relatively straightforward: we vary who chairs the meeting each week or fortnight, and the agenda follows a simple structure of going around the group and asking each person in turn the first of the questions below, then going around the group again for each of the remaining questions:

  1. what have you been doing since the last meeting, and what’s happening for you now
  2. what are the challenges you face that people in the group help you with 
  3. what do you want to achieve between now and the next meeting?

Nonetheless, for people wanting additional guidance it’s great to see that there is additional help out there, such as Joe Vitale’s book Meet and Grow Rich (you can see which classic work he is referring back to in the title!).

2 Responses to The Mystery of Mastermind Groups!
  1. Jesse
    September 25, 2010 | 1:18 AM

    mastermind! excellent one. creativity is heightened when their is synergy.

  2. Dr. Lauchlan A. K. Mackinnon
    September 25, 2010 | 1:35 AM

    Hi jesseoguntimehin!

    Thank you for dropping by!

    Lauchlan

The Mystery of Mastermind Groups!

Mastermind groups are fantastic.

I’m in two of them, and the opportunity to hang out with a fantastic group of bright, intelligent established or up and coming people from all around the world and bounce ideas off of them and help each other on a weekly or fortnightly basis is just invaluable.

And it constantly amazes me when I find my way to spend some time with and study with any of the really established big name gurus, sooner or later they slip something in to the conversation about a meeting with their mastermind group, or the pivotal role that a mastermind group played in helping them get to where they are today.

The concept of mastermind groups can be traced back at least as far as Napoleon Hill in his classic 1937 book  Think and Grow Rich. There, Hill introduced the concept of a Master Mind as (chapter X):

“Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.”

Hill went on to suggest that:

“No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.”

Or in other words, the sum of the mastermind group activity can be greater than the sum of its parts, the individuals participating in the group.

It’s fascinating to go back and hear Hill talk about Mastermind groups himself on video:

In practice, Mastermind groups are usually a little bit less esoteric than they sound as Hill introduced them.

However, there is still quite a bit that goes in to developing and running a Mastermind group effectively, from how to bring the right group of people together to how to facilitate the meetings effectively.

In the groups I’m in, the process is relatively straightforward: we vary who chairs the meeting each week or fortnight, and the agenda follows a simple structure of going around the group and asking each person in turn the first of the questions below, then going around the group again for each of the remaining questions:

  1. what have you been doing since the last meeting, and what’s happening for you now
  2. what are the challenges you face that people in the group help you with 
  3. what do you want to achieve between now and the next meeting?

Nonetheless, for people wanting additional guidance it’s great to see that there is additional help out there, such as Joe Vitale’s book Meet and Grow Rich (you can see which classic work he is referring back to in the title!).

2 Responses to The Mystery of Mastermind Groups!
  1. Jesse
    September 25, 2010 | 1:18 AM

    mastermind! excellent one. creativity is heightened when their is synergy.

  2. Dr. Lauchlan A. K. Mackinnon
    September 25, 2010 | 1:35 AM

    Hi jesseoguntimehin!

    Thank you for dropping by!

    Lauchlan