Sometimes They Need a Kick in the Pants
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Sometimes They Need a Kick in the Pants

Sometimes they need a kick in the pants

By Karyn Greenstreet

Do you have a mastermind group member or client who constantly doesn’t get things done?

These clients are perpetually stuck, and spend their Hot Seat time talking about what they could do, would do, might do – but never actually take action.

They are a drain on the other members and on the success of the group as a whole.

Should you fire them? Or set a fire under them?

The purpose of any mastermind group is to help members create successful personal and professional lives (whatever their personal definition of “success” is). That means your first goal as a mastermind group Facilitator is to understand their big-picture view of a fulfilling, happy or satisfying life.

Next, through the masterminding process, encourage them to set short-term projects that will help them reach their goal, then create a sound action plan to complete those projects.

I wouldn’t fire someone from a mastermind group just because they’re not taking action – at least not the first time it happens. Instead…

Create an in-meeting Action Challenge

Recently a member of our Synergy mastermind group was discussing how she needed to hire a cleaning lady so that she’d have more time to work on her business. This was an ongoing concern of hers — but she never made the phone call.

So, in during her hot seat we paused, asked her to put herself on mute, and challenged her to pick up that phone and immediately make that call.

She was shocked and delighted to be challenged like that!

She got on the phone, spoke with the person she wanted to hire, and set a date to meet and talk about it.


The next time someone in your group doesn’t take action, challenge them to use their Hot Seat time to complete a specific task so they can break through the blocks. (This also works well in private one-on-one meetings with clients.)

Have you ever used anything like this with your members? I’d love to hear your story!

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6 thoughts on “Sometimes They Need a Kick in the Pants”

  1. Diane Bogino says:

    Karyn, Good article…and idea! Once I was in a mastermind group. We met once monthly. In between meetings we often held a conference call, stated what we were gong to do and then had an amount of time to get it done that day, and then we held another conference call to report back about what we had accomplished and the results.

    1. Karyn Greenstreet says:

      Great idea, Diane! Sometimes we need a little accountability to take those actions we’re avoiding or can’t seem to find time for!

  2. Stephanie Angelo says:

    We did something like that in a group I facilitate. A member constantly bemoaned a client who never paid her the fee to commence a project yet was expecting the work to be on his desk by a due date. She was afraid to say “but you haven’t paid me”. She was scared if she “demanded” payment she’d lose a ‘good’ client. We talked with her about her value and her right to ask for payment. She crafted a text while we were in-session, sent it, and received a payment via PayPal all while we were still in our meeting!

    1. Karyn Greenstreet says:

      Wow, that’s a great success story, Stephanie! It’s so easy to get stuck in doubt and fear, and having your mastermind group partners hold up a mirror helps tremendously.

  3. Mary says:

    Love this idea, Karyn! Way to hold someone’s feet to the fire in a way that produces results!

    1. Karyn Greenstreet says:

      As always, we can inspire and support, but we can’t motivate our member to do the tasks they need to do. This helps create the space they need, so they can move forward.

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