How to Find (or De­sign) a Mas­ter­mind

Ready to give peer men­tor­ing a go?


Fo­cus on the Fa­cil­i­ta­tor

As the mas­ter­mind group’s gate­keeper and de facto leader, the of­ten-paid fa­cil­i­ta­tor acts as a sort of busi­ness ther­a­pist. Look for busi­ness coaches or larger or­ga­ni­za­tions in your area, and ask whether they fa­cil­i­tate groups. “While the fa­cil­i­ta­tor doesn’t have to have run a busi­ness, I think you get more out of it when he or she has ac­com­plished what you want to ac­com­plish,” says Rose.

Rely on Word of Mouth

Peer men­tor­ing can feel as per­sonal as mar­riage coun­sel­ing, and your odds of find­ing a good group fit are in­fin­itely bet­ter if you rely on per­sonal rec­om­men­da­tions rather than on a search en­gine, says Blansett-Cummins. Hig­gins’s route to her group? Some­one sug­gested she meet with an­other punk rock–lov­ing en­tre­pre­neur, and when the duo hit it off, that en­tre­pre­neur plugged Hig­gins into her group.

Act Like an En­tre­pre­neur

If you can’t find what you need, build it your­self. “It’s like launch­ing a com­pany—you want to talk through mis­sion, vi­sion, and val­ues as a group,” says Blansett-Cummins. Can peo­ple step out for press­ing calls? What hap­pens if some­one can’t make a meet­ing at the last minute? Es­tab­lish­ing those dy­nam­ics to­gether makes ev­ery­one more in­vested.

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