It’s Not What You Know and It’s NOT Who You Know

referrals relationships Mar 11, 2021

Your Primary Focus When Interacting with Others Should Be THIS


I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” It’s a good observation, but I don’t think it goes deep enough. Following that advice alone won’t get you the success you desire.


Don’t think this means “stop meeting new people.” Networking is important. It’s the basis for connections and future opportunities. 


And that’s not to mention all the referrals that come with it. Don’t you just love referrals? No matter the industry, referrals are so much easier to convert into clients than any other type of lead. I know this to be true; referrals are no different in the world of online mastermind groups.


If I do well helping a group member succeed, you can be sure he’ll tell others who want similar success. Those people will come to me with confidence that I can help...

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Do Members Get Enough Value from Your Leadership?

How to Become the “Best Investment Someone Can Make”


Today, I’m going to give you a simple framework. As you read, you should get a better idea of your fitness for leading online mastermind groups.


Before we dive in, I want to congratulate you on getting through the first two months of 2021. Hopefully, things are looking up for you, and you’re in the driver’s seat! After the complexity of 2020, I think we all could use some simplification.


Our mastermind groups are diving into simplification with a book by Donald Miller called “Business Made Simple.” Did you chuckle when you read the title? I have to admit, I did at first. Like anything in business could be simple, right?


Well, this book isn’t so much about simplifying business as it is about simplifying things within yourself. When you keep yourself simple, business challenges tend to follow suit. Get ready to do everything you need to do with confidence...

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How Do You Build a Mastermind Group for the Right Reasons? Why “Authentic” is Better Than “Perfect”

Uncategorized Feb 24, 2021


 As a leader, I sometimes feel the pressure to speak the “right way.” It happens a lot when I make videos for social media. I’ll have the story arc, the “hero’s journey” I want to showcase, the whole nine yards … and then it hits.


Right as I get set to push “record,” I crumple up the script and throw it away. I believe in having things scripted out, but sometimes I feel a loss of momentum. On the worst days, I feel like I’m speaking for all the wrong reasons.


I share my message because I truly believe it can help others. I want that to come across when I speak. For me, it’s hard to do that in the confines of scripted videos.


Maybe you’ve experienced this in your mastermind group. I know it’s slowed me from building mine in the past. I don’t want you to suffer this anxiety anymore. Let’s look at how you can refine the right habits to cultivate confidence in your...

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Does your Mastermind Group Promote Synergy? How to Spur “Infectious Cooperation” In Your Group


Do you long to see “next-level influence” among the people in your online mastermind group? It’s one thing to set up shop and invite people in. It’s quite another to create an environment in which everyone participates in each other’s growth.


As the leader of your mastermind group, every member is secretly hoping you know how to do this. They observe how you introduce concepts, hold conversations, and solve problems. 


Make sure your habits match your intentions to create space for others to improve their lives.


In our masterminds, we’re reading Stephen Covey’s classic, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. When I think about what great mastermind leaders do, I think of Habit #6: Synergy.


Synergy is the ability to combine knowledge, talents, and enthusiasm of others, to achieve together what they cannot do alone. It brings forth solutions that would remain hidden otherwise.


Synergy is the...

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How Can Effective Habits Shape Your Ideal Mastermind Group? Useful Methods to Understand, Interact and Guide Others to Success

Last week, I talked about the first four habits in Stephen Covey’s landmark bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People


What help would I be, if I didn’t reveal the rest of them? To read about the first four habits, click here


I enjoy the order of these habits. Without first developing yourself (Habits 1-3), it’s difficult to be effective at developing others (Habits 4-7).


The three habits we’ll talk about now are great tools. They’ll make you more effective and influential in your relationships, at work and at home.


  • Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood


I think a lot of people could use a lesson in this habit, especially after watching the presidential election in 2020. I’m not here to get political, but this idea went by the wayside, as each candidate tried to win.


There’s so much mudslinging, I’m surprised when a politician accurately repeats...

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Do Habits Really Determine Success? Strategies to Grow Your Mastermind Group from the “Guru” of Highly Effective Habits 

We’re a month into 2021. It flew by, didn’t it?


As you probably know, February brings an abrupt stop to many New Year’s resolutions. I just read that around 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail - by the second week of February!


Positive intentions that begin with hope and motivation don’t last. Why is that?


If you ask Stephen Covey, he would tell you it’s because most people don’t change “inside-out.” In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey says that deep, painful problems aren’t solved by “quick-fix” approaches. People don’t get deep enough into self-reflection to discover what actually needs to change.


Instead, we chase the promise of each new “revolutionary” product. Give us five easy steps, a 90-day plan, or a “bulletproof” system… 


Listen, those things are just tools. Unless you take the time to develop your...

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How to REALLY Win Friends and Influence People: The Mastermind Playbook Edition

 I want to focus on some key factors that determine the success of your mastermind group.


In my opinion, the two most critical factors are the people you surround yourself with, and their attitudes. This includes your own attitude. The wrong mindset and approach can quickly derail online mastermind groups. 


It’s All How You Look at It…Seriously!


We’ve touched on looking at the world through different lenses in a previous blog. Today, I want to dive deeper by discussing the differences between a mindset of scarcity or abundance


We all have a choice in how we view the world. We can see it as “dog eat dog” where if you win, the other person or party has to lose. Or we can see it as a place where there’s enough to go around and everyone can have a spot at the table.


The choices you and your mastermind members make regarding how you view competition, cooperation, and opportunity are crucial. These...

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Struggling To Plan For 2021? Here’s The Mastermind Playbook Method

Struggling To Plan For 2021? Here’s The Mastermind Playbook Method.

Why You Need to Balance Your Paths to Growth


The online mastermind groups I lead are called “Iron Sharpens Iron,” because I firmly believe the Bible when it says: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” As a Christian life coach, I’ve found this to be true over and over.


It’s wonderful to be surrounded by others who sharpen you. But if you’re not willing to sharpen yourself, you won’t go nearly as far as you could. This takes discipline, and the rewards far outweigh the effort. I like to say, “Can’t” couldn’t do it, and “could” did it all.


In Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, he wrote about creating dedicated plans for development in four categories: Personal, Professional, Social, and Spiritual. As the leader of a business mastermind, you need to have a...

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Looking For 2021 Vision For Your Mastermind? Here’s What Top Facilitators Do.

2021 transition vision Jan 07, 2021

The Blessing of the “Gap” at the End of Each Year


If you’ve read any of our recent posts, you know how much detail goes into creating a powerful vision for your mastermind group.


I want to encourage you to think about the opportunity in front of us for a season like 2021, and ask yourself: “How far am I willing to go?”


Now, don’t get nervous! I’m not asking you to be prepared to give your life away. But of all the times and eras I’ve lived through, I’ve never seen one so rich with opportunity for people in the mastermind business. For many people, this is one of the loneliest, scariest times in their lives. You have a chance to make a difference for them!


Most people I know who run online mastermind groups take advantage of this “lull” in between Christmas and New Year. It’s a transitionary moment, like when you’re in a major airport and you have to ride a train to get to the...

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The Highly Effective Person’s Guide To Character vs. Personality

paradigm shift Jan 07, 2021

Why The Power of a Paradigm Is All In “The Shift”


How can you be sure that people in your mastermind groups move in the right direction?


You can’t “force” them to create their own pathway to growth. If you aren’t careful, you could even make progress more difficult. Nobody wants to do that.


Author Stephen Covey gave us a great insight in his landmark book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:


“The map is not the territory. A map is simply an explanation of certain aspects of the territory. A map is exactly what a paradigm is. It is a theory, an explanation, or a model of something else.”


You’ve probably heard the term “paradigm” before. It’s a way of thinking about something. You might have worked hard to change how you think about love, or success. You know the power a good paradigm shift can make for yourself, but what about the members of your mastermind?


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