We’re used to people with power holding others accountable, like a boss or a parent. As a mastermind group Facilitator, you don’t hold those types of power, so your accountability needs to be structured, intrinsic and persuasive.
Accountability is an important benefit of being part of a mastermind group. As a mastermind group Facilitator, you ensure your members’ success by making sure they get into action around their plans. So how do you hold your members accountable for getting things done (without pulling your hair out)?
Social scientists tell us that people accomplish more when they write down their goals tasks. They also stay on target when they share these goals with others.
In your mastermind group meetings, make sure there’s time in every meeting for members to share their big-picture goals and which tasks they have completed towards those goals. (In your mind, you’re always looking for alignment: are they doing the right tasks, in the correct order, to achieve those goals? Sometimes members do the right task at the wrong time – then they have to go back and fix the tasks they missed, slowing them down.)
Ask your members to write down their goals and task plans, and share those with the group. They can do this via email, on a private message forum, or in a cloud-based shared document using something like Google Docs or Evernote. (It helps if you write down what they commit to in meetings, then share that with the group, so there’s no confusion about what a member said.)
You cannot force a mastermind group member to take action. And you cannot stand in judgement of their decisions.
Your job, as a mastermind group Facilitator, is to stay neutral while still encouraging members to excel.
Instead of saying:
“How in the world did you miss this crucial deadline?”
“In our last meeting, you said that you had a big deadline and you had three task to complete by that deadline. I’m curious about why you didn’t meet the deadline and what you will do now.”
“I noticed that you’ve had the same task on your action plan for the past two meetings. How important is this task?”
Reminding your members about why they want to achieve their goals, and why they want to keep in the good graces of the entire group, will help them to move forward.
After all, they joined your mastermind group so they could create more success in their lives – shouldn’t they work towards that on a daily basis?