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Mastermind Groups … on Purpose

I never had my best ideas

~ Roger Fairhead

The Peer Coaching concept isn’t new, although its use in organisations today is not very widespread.  Wherever it is used, however, it seems to have a really strong and enthusiastic following.  A popular name for such a group today is Mastermind Groups, a phrase seemingly coined for the first time by Napoleon Hill in the early 20th Century, initially in his book entitled “The Law of Success” published in 1928, and subsequently in a later book entitled “Think and Grow Rich” published in 1937.  

Mastermind: “A friendly alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.”

~ Napoleon Hill describing Mastermind groups

Hill acknowledges Andrew Carnegie as his main source of inspiration for writing his books, and Henry Ford as the person who contributed much of the material from which his writings were developed, and overall, his work was based on more than 20 years spent studying over a hundred people who had “achieved unusual success in their respective callings.” 

The people who were included in this research read like a who’s who of successful influential people from all walks of life.

Sources of influence included:

– Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794 ~ 1877)
– Andrew Carnegie (1835 ~ 1919)
– JP Morgan (1837 ~ 1913)
– John D Rockefeller (1839 ~ 1937)
– Alexander Graham Bell (1847 ~ 1922)
– Thomas Edison (1847 ~ 1931)
– Henry Ford (1863 ~ 1947)
– Harvey Firestone (1868 ~ 1938)

Based on those interviews Hill claims not to have created anything new, however, rather he says that he has simply collected and organised old truths into a concise and usable form.  

‘The “Master Mind” may be defined as:
“Coordination of knowledge and effort,
in a spirit of harmony between two or more people,
for the attainment of a definite purpose.”’

~ Napoleon Hill

In simple terms, a Mastermind group is a group of people who come together around a common purpose and explore the topic, with a view to personal development and achieving better decisions and results.  Some groups are facilitated by a dedicated group leader who sets the agenda and holds the attendees accountable, while other groups are peer-led with no one person leading the group.  According to Hill, the key concept is that an additional mind, or Master Mind, emerges from a harmonious alliance of two or more minds.

About Roger Fairhead

Roger is a Leadership specialist and uses the PRIZE Winning Leadership model to help leaders improve their effectiveness and that of their teams, through remote and on-site delivery of keynotes, group training events and individual coaching sessions.

He is the author of several books including "PRIZE Winning Leadership" and “Personal Productivity Planner”, a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a Director of the Global Leadership Network UK with extensive experience in Project Management and Sales.

“He is articulate, tracks complex issues with ease and has an incredible gift for raising pearls of wisdom out of the murky depths of people and process.” His passion is to help people to learn effective leadership skills to lead their teams to capitalize on their strengths and passions to realize their dreams.

Roger also invests into the dreams of families in the world’s underserved communities to offer them small loans that empower them to invest in their future, to provide for their families and give back to their communities.