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CoachingCocktails Mastermind Format

Have you got an important goal that’s not getting enough time, attention or encouragement? Imagine sharing the journey with 5 passionate people who are committed to helping you make it!

Create a collaborative MasterMind that’s smarter than any one of you, that increases the success of all members of the group!


The MasterMind Principle

Napoleon Hill coined the term over a hundred years ago, while writing his book “Think and Grow Rich,” a study of highly successful business leaders. He discovered “the Mastermind Principle” while studying Henry Ford, who met regularly with like-minded people, committed to supporting one anothers’ success. Today we call them MasterMind groups: small groups meeting regularly to listen, share ideas and support one another to reach their biggest dreams.

Contemporary MasterMind Groups

Today, these may take the form of monthly face-to-face meetings, intense weekend retreats, or regular phone-meetings. In some groups the members take turns organizing and facilitating meetings, while other groups ask an outside facilitator to handle these details so they can focus.

The common element of all MasterMind formats is “the hotseat”, lasting from 30 to 60 minutes. One member takes “the hotseat* to present their current challenge and ask for input. The process is facilitated to invite all voices to be heard, and encourage reflection. The hotseat member listens without discussing the advice given, and is then free to use it or not, as he or she sees fit.

The CoachingCocktails MasterMind Format

At we’re committed to creating supportive and growing communities. To this end, we wrap the Hotseat in a format that helps members design personal experiments and get accountability and support to carrying them out, in a safe-to-fail environment. For the Hotseat itself we use Otto Scharmer’s highly effective “case clinic” format. And together with participants we design other supporting elements such as impulse emails, offline partner-work, pre-hotseat coaching, or a resource sharing platform, to suit the group’s needs.

A 4-month online CoachingCocktails MasterMind group might look like this:

  • A Kickoff Meeting
    to connect and develop common goals and working agreements
  • A 2-hour MasterMind meeting every other week: 6 meetings, so each member takes the Hotseat once. We’ll use the powerful “Case Clinic” format from the Presencing Institute, for the Hotseat portion of each meeting.
  • A Wrapup Meeting
    to help the group evaluate progress and decide whether and how to continue

We’re happy to share our format with your group, or to organize and facilitate a group for you, in which case we charge 300€ per meeting. So, for the above example, the total cost for the facilitated series would be 400€ per member – which is a lot less than most conferences, with a great deal more engagement, and no travel!

The Power of a MasterMind

  • you’ll work “on” your career, not just “in” your career
  • you’ll get feedback specifically oriented to your stated needs and goals
  • you’ll find a safe space to be vulnerable, appreciated, and encouraged
  • you’ll reap the ideas, resources and experiences of diverse and passionate peers
  • you’ll make a commitment to regular experimentation, reflection, and story-telling
  • you’ll benefit from celebration, accountability and confidentiality
  • you’ll build an ongoing network that puts an end to the “lone leader” experience

How Do We Get Started?

Bring us a group that’s ready to work together – or share your dream and we’ll help you find your tribe. After that, the first step is to get organized and find some dates that work for those who are ready to commit. We hold the KIckoff – which involves some individual pre-work, choosing a partner for ongoing conversations, and a first meeting with your partner, and the Kickoff meeting itself. Then, having set expectations and ground rules, the group is ready for their first MasterMind meeting!

Just drop us a note to get the ball rolling! We can’t wait to hear what you’re working on…

Deb and Steve

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