Charlotte Mastermind Group

Charlotte Mastermind

Smart people working together to grow their businesses

Charlotte Mastermind

Charlotte Mastermind is a small group of entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses exponentially by leveraging the knowledge and expertise of their peers to do more than you could ever do alone.  It’s like having your own private advisory board full of smart entrepreneurs who want to help you succeed.

A mastermind group offers a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen your business and personal skills.  Each member challenges each other to set meaningful business and personal goals, and more importantly, to accomplish them.  We hold ourselves accountable to each other and work together in helping everyone achieve their goals.

Who is a mastermind group for?

A mastermind group is for experienced and serious entrepreneurs who want to grow their business as well as themselves.  It is not a casual membership, like a meetup group, you are required to commit to the group and to be there to support one another.

The group requires commitment, confidentiality, willingness to both give and receive advice and ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect, and compassion.  Mastermind group members act as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates, and supportive colleagues.

You have to be willing to commit to the change required to grow, and willing to commit to the mastermind group members.  You also have to have a willingness to give as much as you receive.

What a mastermind group is not

It is not a networking group.  A mastermind group is not a place to network, to get referrals, or to meet new people like you would at a meetup event.  While you may share leads and resources with each other, that is not the goal of the group.

It is not a class.  This is not a class where you go to learn something from an “expert”, though we might occasionally bring in a subject matter expert if it will benefit everyone.  This is a group of experienced entrepreneurs from different industries and backgrounds who give value to the group as much as they receive it.

It is not group coaching.  This is not a group coaching class, nobody is going to sell you anything or offer their products or services.  There is no facilitator in the group, everyone gives an equal amount of value and expertise in each meeting.

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The mastermind group will only have 5-8 members, meeting locally in Charlotte 1-2 times a month.  This is a new group forming and there will be an interview process, which most likely would be meeting for coffee so you can learn more details and to see if you would be a good fit for the group.

I am looking to start the group by the end of October, sooner if we find the right people to start.

Is there a fee to join?  Yes, but it is a nominal fee.  This group was not created to make money and any fees are invested back into the group.  With that said, there is an expected level of commitment involved.

Do I have enough business experience to join?  Joining a business mastermind group like this requires commitment and willingness to grow, but also requires experience so that you are able to contribute to the group your knowledge and experience.  This mastermind group is not for people looking to start a business or just getting started, a requirement is that everyone is at a similar experience level so that there is an equal give and take between members.

If you want to learn more, you can fill out the form and we can schedule a time to speak.

If you want to learn more about me and why I am starting this group, click here.

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Famous Mastermind Groups

The Inklings

Two literary classics, The Lord of The Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia were honed and improved by a mastermind group in Oxford, England. They called themselves The Inklings and included an assortment of great poets and writers such as CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield.

The mastermind group would meet in CS Lewis’ rooms at Magdalen College on Thursday or Friday evenings and also at a local pub, the Eagle and Child (or as the Inklings affectionately dubbed it, the “Bird and Baby”), on Tuesday mornings before lunch to read aloud to each other as the others would provide criticisms and commentary on each other’s current writings. Over tea, pipe smoke, and beer, these writers and old friends enjoyed what Lewis referred to as the “the cut and parry of prolonged, fierce, masculine argument.”

The inklings

The Vagabonds

Henry Ford, the automobile mogul, Harvey Firestone, founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Warren G. Harding, US President, Thomas Edison, famed scientist and inventor, and Luther Burbank made up The Vegabonds, a group of American Titans who shaped the world we live in today.

They would routinely go camping together where they would hold impromptu tree chopping and climbing contests in between mastermind sessions.

The group started in 1915 and the yearly trips lasted until 1924 when several factors led to their demise: Harding died, newspaper reporters and photographers swarmed the campsites, and the men’s wives started coming along, bringing with them their maids and chauffeurs.

Image: From left to right: Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren G. Harding, Harvey Firestone

The Junto

In 1727, Benjamin Franklin formed the Junto, a mutual improvement society born of Franklin’s love of conversation, personal progress, philosophy, and civic involvement. The group originally had 12 members and was composed of workingmen–the tradesmen and artisans who did not have a place in more elite circles of society. The Junto was thus commonly referred to as the “Leather Apron Club.”

Many of the ideas and public improvements often attributed to Franklin alone, such as the volunteer fire department, subscription library, and public hospital, were really spurred by this colonial Master Mind.

The Junto lasted for more than 30 years and was so popular that Franklin allowed members to form their own spin-off groups. Franklin himself used the Junto as the foundation for a much larger group-the American Philosophical Society.