By Karyn Greenstreet
Posted in:Mastermind Group Facilitation
I have some strong beliefs about the role of a mastermind group Facilitator, and the primary one is: It’s Not About YOU.
The job of a mastermind group Facilitator is to help the group to coach each other, teach them how to brainstorm effectively, help hold each member accountable for taking action, and facilitate discussions. A skillful Facilitator helps to create a harmonious group where everyone feels safe and respected, and everyone works towards their highest potential.
I see too many mastermind groups run by “gurus” where the focus is on the guru. When it’s someone’s turn to be in the Hot Seat, everyone is waiting for the guru to tell them what to do or how to think. In my opinion, that’s not true masterminding. The focus of a mastermind group should be on each other, not on the guru or coach.
That’s not to say that the mastermind group Facilitator can’t or shouldn’t be an expert in something. It helps if they are. But the Facilitator should be the last to speak, not the first.
If your ego is bound up in “being the guru,” then don’t confuse people by calling your group a mastermind group. It’s more akin to “group coaching” or a “training group” if everyone is looking to the leader for the answer (or at least, for the questions to ask yourself).
I don’t know who first said this, but my hat’s off to whomever did: “You are the guide on the side, not the sage on the stage.”