I know you’re likely nodding in agreement after reading the subject line, but I can’t take credit for those words (at least in this context). Those were the first words I read when I woke up this morning in the opening line of an email from one of my mentors. Guess who he was quoting! The same John Maxwell that I reference in almost every message… He went on to detail the importance of having a select group of individuals that you can spend time with to study principles and work through ideas with. Christian pulled from Napoleon Hill’s classic from the late 1930’s, Think and Grow Rich, by sharing the following thoughts on the power of a mastermind (I heard something very similar described today as Deep Team Learning):
“A group of brains coordinated (or connected) in a spirit of harmony will provide more thought-energy than a single brain, just as a group of electric batteries will provide more energy than a single battery.
Through this metaphor it becomes immediately obvious that the Master Mind Principle holds the secret of the POWER wielded by people who surround themselves with the minds of other capable individuals.
There follows now another statement which will lead still nearer to an understanding of the psychic phase of the Master Mind principle: When a group of individual brains are coordinated and function in harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance becomes available to every individual brain in the group”.
Call it what you will, this concept of engaging others in the study and discussion of a given topic serves to provide all involved with a deeper knowledge of the subject. In many cases, one and one end up equaling eleven rather than two!
In chapter 1 of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, The Law of Intentionality, John opens with the statement that “growth doesn’t just happen.” Later on the first page of this same chapter he says that “working hard doesn’t guarantee success” and that “hope isn’t a strategy.” By now, I don’t think you would put much effort into arguing any of these points with me. But what are you INTENTIONALLY doing to put yourself in situations where you are challenged to grow? How would you go about initiating a mastermind like Hill wrote about nearly 80 years ago?
On Tuesday, April 4, Cindy and I are hosting a final COMPLIMENTARY open session of the John Maxwell Leadership Game. This tool may be one of the best ways I’ve ever seen to open the door for individuals or teams to discovering what areas of leadership or growth that would benefit most from studying while providing a fun environment for engaging others in challenging discussion around powerful principles. These open sessions have served as a great opportunity for leaders to meet and interact with peers in the area while learning how this tool could be used in their own organization to help determine the area of focus that would give their team the most return on investment. If you’ve never taken part in anything like Napoleon Hill describes as the Master Mind Principle, this is a chance for you to get a small taste… Seats are limited so reach out soon for yours.
Talk with you soon,