The Voice Within
A blog by Mary McDowall
I received a newsletter from someone whose work I follow this week promoting her master mind groups. My response after reading the headline was two-fold. Yay! Someone else is promoting master minds too. And Yikes! She's promoting the same thing I am and at the same time.
As I read further the 'Yikes" began to fade away and lose energy because what my partner Kathy Kane and I offer is so very different.
In the newsletter, the author described what I think may be a lot of people's experience with master minds. It talked about the pressure this person felt being in the "hot seat" and how being in a master mind can be difficult and feel uncomfortable. Even if the benefits outweigh these factors, why would anyone want to even consider a master mind like this? Especially since there is a kinder, gentler and equally powerful alternative; a KMI Master Mind.
The basic premise of a master mind is to gather people together and harness the skills, expertise, resources and connections to form a "super" or "master" mind to advance an idea or resolve an issue. Master minds work and they have been around for centuries. Often they are used within a business context, but just about any area of interest can be the foundation of a master minding circle.
What makes a KMI Master Mind different? A KMI Master Minding Circle is infused with the Kaizen philosophy and creativity. This combination is a dynamic fusion of being in the process and getting things done in ways that build sustainable momentum. It is process focused not results driven; creating opportunities for progress that are sustainable because you won't burn out from high pressure, competition and unrealistic expectations. Instead you get to experience joyful abundance and the fringe benefits, as Jill Badonsky calls them, of being in the creative process.
If you currently lead groups or want diversify your 1:1 offer, I invite you to check the KMI Master Mind Facilitator certification training. The experience is rewarding for both the facilitator and the group members. And I'm not just saying that because I co-created this master minding model. You can find out about the training details here or leave a comment below and we can connect. You can also experience the KMI Difference on our free Mini KMI Master Mind Monday calls. The next one will be Monday, March 21 @ 1pm ET at The Purple Ink Cafe (Zoom room: 847-711-436).
New launches are exciting. There is a rush of anticipation, excitement (sometimes masquerading as fear) and a healthy dose of creative chaos.
Fellow coach, Kathy Kane, and I just launched our signature program, the KMI Master Mind Facilitator Certification Training. Every time we thought we had everything ready it seemed like we discovered another layer of details. Details became synonymous with delay.
Details, in general, are my death and my default.
My creative process is to think BIG, to think really, really big. Thinking big builds excitement and enthusiasm and I fall in love with my project. But when its time to get to work my default mode kicks in. I begin to think of every single possible detail that needs to be done. Ahhhhh If I'm not aware this is happening it can be the death of a promising idea.
Enter Kaizen small steps to the rescue. Small steps create tiny moments of success to keep the process moving. Kaizen small steps let you focus on just the very next thing to do. And sometimes the very next thing is to walk away, to eat, to nap, anything but the details.
On February 20th we hit publish on our website and officially launched our training program. There are still lots of details to attend to. Still lots to learn about launching. And I'm not sure if I dotted the i in details but that's OK.
My next small step is just to pause and look back at how far we have come. How much we have achieved and how excited we are to get started.
If you are curious and want to take a look at our website, it's www.kmimastermind.com. If you are interested, why not come to a Q & A session on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at noon ET on Zoom - Meeting ID: 847-711-1436 (app available at www.zoom.us)
What strategies have you found for dealing with details? Share in the comment section below.
I share how I see the world through everyday topics that connect me to my creativity - my challenge with clutter, master minds, ideas, strategies and process - mostly though the lens of my kaizen training.