Your support system, brain trust, mastermind, posse – whatever you chose to call it, takes all kinds, especially if your goal is to rise to the next level. If the members are not diverse enough with personalities and skill levels to compliment each other then the group will not grow. The same goes for excellent teams when you think about it.
How you create your mastermind group, team, or your support system; who you include; the terms you establish; all will determine the outcome. How to create a mastermind group or a support system is as equally important as why you want it and what you want to achieve.
Think about your ‘band of brothers’ when you grew up. If you were fortunate, you had a leader, a follower, an encourager, a doubter, a challenger, a quiet one, a dramatic one….the list goes on. You see the same in families, in companies, in meetups, at conferences. Each is a complimentary character.
If all these types of individuals exist, and exist within our tribes – why do we have such a hard time getting along with many of them, especially in a work environment, or when minds clash?
I think it comes down to the mission of the group, perhaps more importantly, the core belief system. Despite the differences, there’s a core commonality of ‘something’. For groups that are strong, that core belief helps them accept & tolerate differences; but more importantly, ensures that each member of the group gets something out of being a part of that group.
Why do I think every successful group and support system needs a diverse set of participants? The simple reason?
If you’re all alike; thinking the same way; acting the same way; doing the same thing, where does the growth occur? It doesn’t. Even diamonds are created from an immense amount of tension.
(photo courtesy of Brian Snelson,Flickr; Last Supper carved in salt by Antoni Wyrodek)
Are you familiar with the Apostles? There was a diversity of types, believe it or not in that group. And each person served his purpose, fulfilled his role, so each played apart in the completion of the bigger mission. I reference them because I was on a call with Dan Miller some time ago where he was discussing the importance of setting your 2012 goals. He mentioned the Apostles, and it got me thinking about all the successful groups and teams I have been fortunate to be apart of, and the few that were nightmares. I know we’ve all had both.
Create your success team – your mastermind – your brain trust – your posse – to help you achieve your next big goal, by selecting a diverse group that can get behind the vision. The top 5 tips to do that are:
1. Select individuals to compliment your weak points:
- Detailed oriented to support your disorganization, help you define tasks
- Visionaries who can see the big picture
- Positive Individuals who can talk to anyone
- People with an attitude or different take on things
- Numbers people who can add #s to your ideas & tasks, so you know the best to do
- Creative people to bring ideas to life, or to add some innovation
- Humorous people to help you stop taking things so seriously
2. Clearly define the mission. You want to achieve buy in right from the start.
3. Ensure diverse personality types, and skills levels. If you are creating your mastermind to drive a personal goal, you want to make sure you represent expertise in all key areas relative to your mission.
4. Create challenges and growth opportunities for everyone in your posse. Everyone has to be able to grow and benefit from the union. I like ‘muse’ or ‘inspiration’ outings to get to know the people in my group. Go somewhere out of the comfort zone of the group or someplace new for everyone. This fosters growth of ideas and relationships, and empowers the mission of the group.
5. Change up the meetings. Always meeting in a room with a powerpoint, or on skype, or a tweetchat creates routine and limits out of the box thinking. Relationships develop more when you provide opportunities to see each other in a different light, or in differing environments where each person has a chance to excel and highlight their talents. Think of it like dating and courtship – it takes all kinds of situations to help you get to know someone.
“each person is but a pixel for an image, a tile for a mosaic. the combination of the right pixels, or tiles, builds the complete picture. you are the artist for the completion of your dream.”
“You have to choose your combinations carefully. The right choices will enhance your quilt. The wrong choices will dull the colors and hide their original beauty. There are no rules you can follow. You have to go by instinct and you have to be brave.” ― Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
It has been said that your future, your goals can be attained and influenced by at least 3-5 people currently in your sphere. Do you know who they are, and will you have them as a part of your team?