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The Mastermind Principle

The Mastermind Principle

The Mastermind Principle

It is important to harness the creative power of the whole team.

Have you heard the phrase: "Two minds are better than one"?

The most profitable ideas are usually the fruits of more than one brain, often the fruits of many minds, working in harmony to solve a shared problem.

You need to know how to combine the team's ideas, so the result is not from any one individual, but is rather, the combined efforts of the whole team.

Team creativity is best achieved when its members are working in a cooperative and harmonious way. The best way to do that, is to use the Mastermind Principle.

The Mastermind Principle comes from the writing of Napoleon Hill:

"The Mastermind principle consists of an alliance of two or more minds working in PERFECT HARMONY, for the attainment of a common, definite purpose".

Tips for creating a Mastermind.

A Mastermind alliance works best, when the members of the team are operating in an attitude of mutual respect and friendship.

The mastermind alliance does not work so well when there is:

  • political game playing,
  • point scoring,
  • one-up-man ship,
  • too much egotism
  • character clashes, or
  • major disagreement about what the team is trying to achieve.

The whole point of the mastermind is to harness the joint CREATIVE brain power of its members. That creative spark is only present when people are working together in a cooperative union.

We find that when two or more people come together in a spirit of cooperation and harmony, with a shared purpose, then their creative output seems to be the product of its members, not the sum of its members. Meaning, three people are six times more creative than one. (1 x 2 x 3 = 6)

Four people are not four times as creative as one person. Four people, if they are in a proper Mastermind relationship, may be as much as 24 times more creative than one person working alone. (1 x 2 x 3 x 4 = 24).

We find that Masterminds need to be limited to about between 2 and 7 people. We find that once we get to groups bigger than seven there is a tendency for the cell to split into two cells; like an amoeba. The more people there are in a group, the harder it is for everyone to gel with everyone else.

It seems that people naturally organise themselves into smaller units of about seven or fewer members. For example, the smallest unit in an army is called a SQUAD and usually is seven people.

The members of the Mastermind should have a mix of skills.

You don't want seven goalkeepers in your Mastermind. You need variety of personality and skills, and as much education and various experience as you can find.

Disagreements are okay; so long as they are about the method, NOT the goal.

The goal must be shared. The methods to achieve the goal should be variable.

The Mastermind should meet at regular intervals and should ask and answer the following questions.

Teamwork : The Mastermind Principle

  1. What is the goal or purpose we are trying to achieve?
  2. What is our current written plan of action?
  3. What is logically, the ideal sequence of actions?
  4. Recently, what is the feedback we have been getting?
  5. What has been going well?
  6. What has not been going so well?
  7. In relation to what has not been going well, what can we omit or change, that will improve the current situation?
  8. In relation to what is already going well, what can we do to improve upon our best?

Examples of the Mastermind Alliance.

Every great enterprise is the product of a mastermind alliance.

  1. The building of the Apollo spacecraft.
  2. The building of the iPhone.
  3. A can of Coca-Cola is the product of an alliance between hundreds of thousands of individual minds.

With whom could you form a profitable Mastermind alliance?

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About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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