The first time I really got the power of leveraging was when I helped create my very first mastermind group in 2000. A mastermind group is a group of like-minded people that support each other in their major goals (usually) in business.
Our group leveraged each of our passions, experience, expertise, support, network of contacts, and ideas.
Over the years, of the 7 of us:
- 2 went from struggling in business and finances to now being multi-millionaires with very successful real estate companies,
- one went from shutting down a business to became a successful IT consultant,
- one went on to write and publish three very successful books and start her own financial wealth company,
- one semi-retired at the age of 45 from his successful interior design company,
- one is approaching retirement from her prestigious PR company here in NYC,
- and I went on to coach and teach people in 13 countries so far on the methods we all learned in this group.
How did we make this happen? A large part of it comes from the group’s name, The Soaring Geese.
Here is how geese operate to leverage the power of a group:
How Geese Fly
…. Geese head south for the winter flying along in the “V” formation, and each bird flaps its wings creating uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying this way, the whole flock adds at least 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
Whenever a Goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go through it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the power of the flock.
When the lead Goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wings and another Goose takes over.
The Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep their speed.
Finally, when a Goose gets sick or is wounded and falls out, two Geese fall out of the formation and follow the injured one down to help and protect him.
– Author Unknown
Action Step for the Week:
Look at a group you are currently in. How can you leverage and adjust it to accommodate the lessons of the geese?
Share the story of the geese with them and see what needs to happen to take things to a much higher level.
Not in a powerful support group? Send me an e-mail we’ll look to see how we can get you into one of ours starting in January, 2013: Stefan@bestcoachesinc.com