You can find or create a group of small business owners who openly share valuable insights, whose members are successful in their fields, and where everybody feels they gain by participating in this group. These are called Masterminds.
The Mastermind was not my idea. Our great nation was formed by a Mastermind. John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Richard Henry Lee became disgruntled with British rule and organized a Correspondence Committee “for the purpose of friendly cooperation for the Betterment of the Colonies of British America.”
A Mastermind is a coordination of knowledge and effort, in a positive manner, to help achieve a definite purpose. A Mastermind has two characteristics:
• Economic. People want to make money and gain advice on how to do that. Napoleon Hill says most of history’s richest men have utilized Masterminds.
• Psychic. When two or more people get together and think about something, they generate an energy that is greater than the sum of its parts. The solution is stronger than what the members could have thought of individually. Napoleon Hill says: “No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.” I’ve seen this happen in good staff meetings and on successful sports teams. Perhaps you have witnessed this too.
Stack your Mastermind with valuable people. Consider your desired profession and find others in complementary professions. As a computer network consultant, if I were creating a Mastermind today, I would choose an accountant, realtor, insurance broker, lawyer, coach, and financial advisor who I already consider as friends. I’m sure each could contribute something valuable to the group. I know they would expect the same from me. Masterminds work when members share valuable time and information. They fail when members expect to receive without giving.
If you cannot find a Mastermind, create one. You can find attractive candidates at Chamber of Commerce events, Successful Thinkers meetings, Rotary Clubs, and other networking organizations. Remember, the support systems you utilize will probably be the best sources to find attractive candidates. You can also review your list of vendors, business partners, and customers. Some of them may be thinking of a Mastermind group too.
Mark Anthony Germanos is the President of Cameron Park Computer Services, a premier Sacramento IT company providing IT services, IT solutions and IT support. Cameron Park Computer Services moves clients to the Cloud. “The Cloud is among the best IT solutions we’ve ever offered,” says Germanos, “I’ve been in the IT service and IT support business since 1992. When you run your business in the Cloud, your data is always available, available from anywhere and the cost is usually less. Does your IT company offer IT services, IT support and CloudU certified staff that can provide today’s IT solutions at affordable prices”? Cameron Park Computer Services does.