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Mastermind Group Retreat
-in the heart of France-

The concept of the “master mind alliance” was introduced by Napoleon Hill in his book from the 1920s, The Law of Success, and expanded upon in his 1930s book, Think And Grow Rich. While Napoleon Hill called it a “master mind alliance,” it’s been shortened and modernized to “mastermind group.” Mastermind groups have been around since the beginning of time. Napoleon Hill wrote about the mastermind group principle as:

 

“The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.”

 

He continues…

 

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

What is a Mastermind Group exactly?

Mastermind groups offer a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support to sharpen your business and personal skills. A mastermind group helps you and your mastermind group members achieve success. Members challenge each other to set strong goals, and more importantly, to accomplish them.

Mastermind group facilitators start and run these groups. They help the group to dive deeply into fruitful discussions, and work with members to create success — as each member defines it. Facilitators are the secret to thriving mastermind groups. (I’ve seen plenty of groups fail because of poor leadership.)

Through the mastermind group process, first, you create a goal, then design a plan to achieve it. The group helps you with creative ideas and wise decision-making. Then, as you begin to implement your plan, you bring both success stories and problems to the group. Success stories are applauded (loudly!), and problems are solved through peer brainstorming and collective, creative thinking.

The group requires commitment, confidentiality, willingness to both give and receive advice and ideas. The group members support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion. Mastermind group members act as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and supportive colleagues. This is the essence and value of mastermind groups.

Each meeting has a mastermind group agenda so that conversations stay on course. The facilitator is tasked with making sure that conversations are deep and balanced, and that all mastermind group meeting agenda items are covered in the time allotted.

What a mastermind group is NOT

These days, many people call their event a “mastermind group,” a “master class,” or simply a “mastermind event.” But it can be confusing when these terms are tossed around interchangeably because they’re not the same thing! Let’s clear up the confusion once and for all. Here is a  list of what a mastermind group is not.

  • It’s not a class. While your group can vote to bring in guest speakers and teachers occasionally, the main focus of a mastermind group is brainstorming and accountability support among the group members. 

  • It’s not group coaching. Mastermind groups are about the members sharing with each other, not about the facilitator coaching individuals in a group setting. According to the Internation Coach Federation and The Association for Professional Coaching, coaches do not give advice. However, in a mastermind group, everyone shares advice, ideas and feedback, including the facilitator. The key is to keep the conversation balanced among the members. 

  • It’s not a mentoring group, where the members ask questions and the mentor or consultant provides all the answers while the group passively listens and learns. If the format of your group meetings is like a Q+A call, it’s not a mastermind group. In a mastermind group, both the facilitator and members mentor each other, and problem-solving and action planning are at the forefront.

  • It’s not a networking group. While you may share leads and resources with each other, it is not the main focus of the meetings. However, through your connections with other members, you will find plenty of joint venture opportunities, lead sharing, and professional networking.

What you’ll get from belonging to a mastermind group

In a mastermind group, the agenda belongs to the group and each person’s participation is crucial to the success of the group as a whole. Your mastermind partners give you feedback, help you brainstorm new possibilities, and solutions to tricky problems. The facilitator sets up accountability structures that keep you focused and on track. You create a community of supportive colleagues who brainstorm together to move the members to new heights. You’ll gain tremendous insights that improve your business and personal life. Being a good mastermind group member creates massive value for you and everyone in your group.

Your mastermind group is like having an objective board of directors, a success team, and a peer advisory group — all rolled into one. 

Mastermind groups have become such a staple in once entrepreneurial life, and it’s no wonder why that is. Having a core group of peers to help support, inspire and give you that nudge in the right direction can make such a huge difference in how you run and grow your business – it’s honestly changed the way that I’ve built my businesses over the years.

WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE JOINING A MASTERMIND GROUP

AM I WILLING TO BE HONEST?

Before you can get where you are going, you must first know where you are. To get value out of your mastermind group, the same concept applies. If you attend with blind confidence, certain that your business is running smoothly and you are making the right choices, you won’t be open to advise. Be humble, realistic and honest about where you are in the business cycle and what you could be doing better.

WHAT IS MY PURPOSE?

Your purpose is your north star. It guides every decision you make, every action and every goal. To achieve everything you want – in your career and your personal life – you must connect it back to your purpose. How does joining a mastermind group help you fulfil your ultimate purpose in life? Will you grow your business and achieve financial freedom? Will you make new connections that will allow you to give back? Understand your purpose so we can find a mastermind group that is the right match for you 

HAVE I SET RELEVANT GOALS?

Your purpose drives you, but your goals guide you. To benefit from a mastermind group, you must know what you hope to get out of it. This doesn’t mean vague goals like “improve my business” or “learn public speaking.” Set SMART goals like “Grow 30% year over year” or “Give a TEDx Talk in one year.” Like your purpose, these goals will guide which mastermind group you should join. You will also want to share them with the group you join so they can help you along your journey.

What to expect from a Mastermind Group Retreat with us in the heart of France.

Coming soon 

 

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