Category Archives: Mastermind Group Facilitation

90 Day Challenges for Your Mastermind Group

Here’s a great way to put some pep into the step of your mastermind group members.

A 90 Day Challenge is perfect for getting people into action around a topic. Mastermind groups can get lost in thinking and planning stages of any endeavor. Let’s face it — it’s fun and exciting to brainstorm about new ideas! But new ideas aren’t enough.

One of the most important benefits of being in a mastermind group is that you create and implement an action plan, and the group holds you accountable to make progress.

8-Step Checklist for Creating Your 90 Day Challenge

  1. Pick the 90 Day time frame. Everyone in the group should be working on their challenge at the same time, so vote on the 90 day period that everyone will use. Don’t give people a lot of time to “think about it,” or it will never happen.
  2. Have each mastermind group member choose what goal they’ll accomplish in 90 days. Will you all work on the same challenge, like lose 12 pounds in 90 days, or write a book in 90 days, or implement a 90 day marketing campaign? Or will each person get to design their own unique 90 day challenge?
  3. Set the parameters for the definition of success. Ask each mastermind group member to write down specific tasks they will have accomplished at the end of the 90 day period. Make sure the tasks are specific, reasonable, do-able, and measurable.
  4. If it’s appropriate, have each member also list smaller milestones, the date when they’ll complete the milestone task, and how that milestone task will lead to the bigger goal. It’s so easy to get off-tangent in 90 days and breaking down the big goal into smaller chunks will ensure that people have created a 90 day plan that’s actually possible to do.
  5. Have mastermind group members list what resources they’ll need to accomplish the 90 day goal. Will they need to hire a specific sub-contractor? Find financing? Signup for a class? Read a book? Buy workout equipment? Talk with a partner?
  6. Each group member should also list what might get in their way of accomplishing their 90 day goal. Will their family and friends support them or sabotage them? What will they do if they self-sabotage this 90 day challenge through procrastination, distraction or rebellion? It pays to think ahead about what could detour you and make a plan to circumvent the problem before it crops up.
  7. Decide on how often you’ll check in with each other. This type of challenge takes a lot of support and encouragement. It’s easy to get off track, even for one or two days, and decide to dump the whole 90 day challenge project. Checking in often will ensure that small setbacks don’t become a threat to your overall success in the Challenge.
  8. Decide on how the check-ins will occur.  Will you check-in as a group, either in person or on a teleconference? Will you check-in via an online message forum or a private Facebook group? Ask the mastermind group to vote on the best, most convenient way to do check-ins. If it’s not convenient, people won’t use it.

You’ll love how 90 Day Challenges perk up your mastermind group members and get them to achieve something remarkable!

I’d love to hear your ideas. What type of 90 Day Challenge will you set for yourself to create success in your personal and professional life? Is your mastermind group doing a 90 Day Challenge?

Psychology of Mastermind Groups

In a mastermind group, it’s no surprise that group psychology can rear its ugly head. Good news, though — positive group psychological effects take place, too.

The Good

We think and act differently in groups than we do on our own. In a group, probably because of the psychology of social facilitation, we work better. It’s motivating to be part of a group, and a group can help us form and keep working towards goals.

Psychologist find that smaller groups work in a more cohesive manner. According to a study by Michael J. Saks, PhD., they studied the use of six-person juries versus twelve-person juries. In the end analysis, he indicates, “In smaller groups, members shared more equally in the discussion, found the deliberations more satisfying, and were more cohesive.”

The Bad

We do funny things in groups. Inter-group conflict can lessen trust and rapport unless there is a structured, conscious process to deal with disagreements. Collectively we may behave in ways that we never would on our own. If you find your group members simply cannot act cohesively, try this Jigsaw concept from schools. It works for adult groups, too. Never let a group conflict fester or ignore it. Bring it out into the open and discuss it among the group members, even if it’s awkward.

For instance, there is a social psychology phenomenon called Groupthink, where people modify their responses to a group discussion so as not to rock the boat. Yes, it creates harmony in a group, but in a mastermind group this can be deadly. As the group Facilitator, tell your members about this social phenomenon and assure them that each individual idea is important, even if it doesn’t match what the others are saying.

The Ugly

Social Loafing sounds ugly, doesn’t it? And it is. In large groups, each member feels less valuable and therefore puts in less effort. This is something, as the group Facilitator, you need to pay close attention to. Is everyone participating equally? Are they going deep with their discussions or glossing over the surface?

Consider that as a group grows in size, social loafing increases. It’s another reason why I encourage small group sizes for masterminding. Smaller groups allow for deeper discussions, and each person gets more time in the Hot Seat. Smaller groups also gives greater contact among the members, forging strong bonds and deep trust.

 

We can’t control group social behavior. But we can be aware of it and watch out for it in our own groups, then bring it back to the group for discussion.

 

Free Presentation about Mastermind Groups in San Diego Feb 27

San Diego and Los Angeles friends…I’ll be flying out to San Diego and giving a free presentation! Details below:

The Power of Mastermind Groups: Speed Up Business Growth by Starting a Group of Your Own

The latest must-have key to success: Mastermind Groups. Being an entrepreneur can be lonely and frustrating. What if you could create your own personal Board of Directors?

The popularity of mastermind groups is growing as people just like you are finding the success they want through brainstorming with other business owners, solving problems, generating creative ideas, designing strong action plans, and holding each other accountable.

Come learn how starting a mastermind group for your own business, and offering mastermind groups to your clients, will enhance your business and your life.

You will learn:

• The extraordinary benefits of mastermind groups

• How to choose a niche for your mastermind group

• How to determine the optimal number of people for your group

• How to screen participants to create a successful, enduring group

• How to create agendas for the mastermind group meetings

Join us for a free presentation about starting your own mastermind group on February 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Hera Hub in Sorrento Mesa area of San Diego, CA.

To register for this free event, send an email to office@passionforbusiness.com

(If you’re bringing a friend, let us know that, as seating is limited.)