Project Management

Be Part of a Mastermind

Elizabeth McCormick

Investing time and energy in a cross-mentoring group can pay dividends in your professional development as a project leader, providing a safe sounding board, invaluable advice, diverse feedback and a steady dose of inspiration. Not to mention, you will also benefit from sharing your own strengths to help others.

The “mastermind” concept came from an admirer of industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Napoleon Hill described the idea in his 1937 book “Think and Grow Rich” — but the idea adapts to many forms of business networking, not just entrepreneurs, as originally foreseen. The principles of a mastermind group can apply to any employee or workplace group aimed at continuous improvement and personal development.

A mastermind is a group of individuals devoted to mutual support, a sort of mentorship in the round, where each member plays both the role of mentor and mentee. The focus is on enabling the success of others, while in turn drawing on the resources of the group for oneself. As Hill saw the concept, he applied it to business owners who were otherwise on their own. This remains a very effective application for broadening knowledge and experience horizons.

Applied to the workplace, the mastermind structure can benefit groups of executives, project leaders or managers who face similar challenges yet with differing circumstances. The philosophy of…


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