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Getting It Done

Putting the “Service” back in Service Provider

You’ve heard it time and time again, “get specific, niche it d0wn, etc…”

Ok, I understand the meaning of being a specialist so it’s crystal clear to your target market and niche market what you do and who you serve.

So here is my question… What the heck is so wrong with being a service provider of service providers?

Where I’m going with this is when one is a service provider, provide service whether you DIRECTLY solve the problem or not.

For example, let’s say the owner of a restaurant meets a social media specialist and after an enthusiastic chat with a potential client, the restaurant owner determines that he would best be served by a full service public relations firm versus the social media specialist.  Instead of connecting the owner to a great resource, she moves on.

Isn’t it time for service providers to step up as connectors?

They don’t have to necessarily offer a connection product or service.

Want to earn more business? Solve more problems.

Hey, I’m the first to admit, monetizing isn’t my forte.  I DO know that solving problems certainly yields more opportunities.

What would it look like to let go of that ludicrous hyper-focusing and solve problems quickly when people come to you?

“Oh, but I don’t have the capacity to solve everyone’s problem?”  Why not look at it as sorting?

I personally, know that the more problems, challenges, and “wants”,  I hear from people I come across, I get faster and faster at sorting–that is picking up on which I refer out immediately, other solutions I broker and others I can directly solve.

I strongly feel that especially now we must resources around from those that “have” to those that “want” that resource, versus “this is what I do. Buy my stuff in this way”.

What’s your take on this?

Getting It Done

Doing A 90 Day Blitz

“If you can’t measure it, you won’t change it”

I’ve heard that saying hundreds of times and never really “got” it to the degree I do now.  I can tell you that I absolutely know for a fact this works for me.

It truly doesn’t matter what I want to improve.  If I create a metric that measures progress toward or away from the change, it creates a drama-free, emotionally-unattached measurement of progress. A sorely needed tool for many of us visionaries and creative idea generators.

At the end of May, I chose to do another 90 day blitz–an intense, focused 90 days that stretches me.  My first was this winter and I got stunning results, so let’s do it again!

It all starts with laying out a few intentions I’d like manifested.  In other words, stuff I’d like to see happen!  One example from my actual 90 Day Life Blitz is “I am awake by 6am blissfully happy, full of energy, loving to exercise my body, feeling strong.”  Sure, I have a specific financial intention too along with other intentions that I want to make progress with this next 90 days.

I stack the deck in my favor by setting an intention and creating goals that support that intention being achieved.

It leaves the door open to alternate ways of making the intention a reality.  My INTENTION is what I want to happen and the goals are the things I absolutely CAN do.

Example Intention:

I am awake by 6am blissfully happy, full of energy, loving to exercise my body, feeling strong.


Complete every day of the P90X Intense Exercise Workout.

Notice, that the goal is absolutely in my control.  I know that I make the rules, so why not set it up for success.

The fact is if the intention above is the goal, I really can’t just MAKE myself pop out of bed blissfully happy but I CAN do the things that cause that to be a reality.

What absolutely does NOT work for me is where there is allowance for failure from the start.

For example, let’s take a financial goal.  Say you’d like to bring in an extra $10,000 in the next 90 days.  If you’re like most people, you say “My intention is to bring in $10,000 in the next 90 days”, then you get busy, getting busy and then the date gets closer and you’re “Oh crap, how can I make that happen?”.

You start pounding the pavement, make phone calls, doing whatever you can and maybe you achieve, may you don’t.  I mean let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter whether it’s $1, $100, $10,000 or $1Mil, it still relies on someone else and that is something we aren’t able to control.

Why not set it up from the start:

A fresh perspective….

Intention:  Bring in an extra $10,000 in the next 90 days.

Goal:  To attend 20 in-person events with the purpose of networking, to make 20 sales presentations, to make 100 sales calls, etc…..

Now, I get busy doing those things I’ve proven that I can do and that I believe will lead to that intention manifesting into reality.  I tweak it weekly and of course have someone that helps hold me accountable.

Now, it’s your turn.  I’d genuinely like to know your intentions.  What would you like to see change in your life?  What is important enough that you’re willing to share?  Remember that we stand for collaboration around here.


The Mastermind Manifesto from Thomas Mangum

NOW is the most critical time I’ve ever seen to come to together; to communicate; to collaborate; to contribute and make a difference in life.

It will NOT happen alone!

There are dozens of places to learn the mechanics of mastermind groups and just as many groups called “mastermind groups” paid and free.  The true key where the team at MastermindingNOW! excel is engaging “the 1+1=3 Way“; fostering a place of trust, authenticity, abundance and harmony where “magic moments” aren’t elusive, they are guaranteed.

I’ve played a part in the success of some amazing mastermind groups including “one of the most exclusive wealth retreats in the world”.  I’ve collaborated quietly with group after group….in the background…until now!

I’ve entertained call after call as business owners and company leaders have consulted me to help them create, accelerate and leverage results through collaboration whether they are called mastermind groups, idea potlucks,  synergy groups, among others.

There is one common denominator with those that reach out. They believe in the sheer power of collaboration or as I call it, The 1+1=3 Way. They believe and have seen that 1+1=2 is old school, scarcity mentality crap.

And let me be crystal clear here.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re the CEO of Boeing, the Secretary of State, or an up and coming entrepreneur.  These principles are human and when you remember that which makes you human, possibility exists.  Where possibility exists, solutions happen in cooperation with collaborators.

The time has come to stand up and pass forward the knowledge, resources and soul of conscious collaboration.

MastermindingNOW! does NOT sell a bunch of products or services.  We sell SOLUTIONS!  We are the go-to source of collaboration and collaboration mastery.

Yes, it’s different.  Yes, it’s unusual.  Yes, it’s strange in today’s world of every business essentially copying each other and using the same models.

Are you REALLY looking for a fresh solution from another coaching or consulting company?

Do you expect to find an answer from the same old thing?

It truly is time to move from the boring, time-wasting, posturing, mob scene meetings to masterful mastermind moments.  It truly is time to move from the same old therapy-model coaching and consulting to granting wishes and manifesting solutions by collaborating NOW!

I’m proud to support you as you support conscious capitalism and create mastermind magic moments.  If you don’t “get it” or you aren’t curious, this is NOT FOR YOU.  You MUST know that you do your best work in collaboration with others and in the spirit of cooperation.

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Code of Honor Mastermind

Accelerate The Results Of Your Team With A Code of Honor

Whether it’s your mastermind group, football team or your relationship, the performance and results it achieves will be largely dependent on “how tight you call the game”, as Blair Singer states in The ABCs of Building A Team That Wins.

It’s so strange that I’ve met so few people that use this key technique to dramatically change the construct of the game.  Personally, this is has moved a mastermind group from mediocre to magic moments.

The basic premise is to have a unifying “code” by which all on the team agree and commit to, no matter what.  At least SOMETHING that will unify agendas to carry the team through when the going gets tough and propel a good team to great results.


Perfection Kills

Results happen when you’re in the process, otherwise known as ACTION.

Perfection causes inaction and distraction.

And to be clear, I’m definitely speaking from my own personal experience.

Take the MastermindingNOW! company as an example.  It is a process of flying the plane and building the plane, as my friend Sharon Sayler likes to say.

It’s one of the very core differences I stand for that makes a HUGE difference in the mastermind formats I evangelize.

Get real. Get Raw. RIGHT NOW!  It will be perfect for the moment. Trust.

Several years ago, I would never have done such a thing, because it had to be perfect, right?  People would think me an amateur if it wasn’t all pretty and perfect.  Perhaps some people do believe that and what does it matter to those that have been waiting for just this resource.

My point is, please don’t wait.  Share your passion.  Do that which inspires you. Take the actions that you think may be imperfect.  It’s those consistent turtle steps that yield the results.

Does this resonate?  Share by posting a comment or sending it to someone you care about.

You see, I need you and you need me, because I know for a fact that we create more together than we can alone and as far as I know I have a very short blip on the universal timeline to make use of what I’m given.  What about you?

Format Mastermind

The Mastermind Principle – Napoleon Hill

Listen as the late, great Napoleon Hill shares a few key success elements of the mastermind principle.

The word Mastermind Group is bantered about freely and I truly believe that the three keys that Mr. Hill refers to in Think & Grow Rich about masterminds are misinterpreted or overlooked by most people I run into that have used the principle.  Thus, the results people have with their mastermind group aren’t what they expect.

Listen, learn, and share what you got from this.  Let’s build a mastermind that yields those unique and special “mastermind magic moments” more often than not.


Do You Need A Tribe? Seth Godin’s Response

“I don’t want everyone to have a tribe. I only want people who want the world to change to have a tribe….” “…the world is lined up in a way now that instead of having to have power or cash, you can make change merely by leading people who want to go somewhere”  –Seth Godin, author of Tribes, Linchpin, et al.

….IF you will stand up and lead your tribe


The Most Powerful Question Is…


Yes, “why?” in my opinion is the powerful one in my book.

Yes, Yes, I know “How?” is pretty powerful too, though I believe “why” edges it out for top spot.

If I could have two, I’d take both!

For example, in my mastermind groups, “How Can I …..?” is probably the most powerful generator of ideas. It is a high leverage question if you allow the answers to flow and not judge them.

When I’m in conversation with someone one-to-one, I like to ask lots of “why” questions because it reveals so much to me.  The answers that are said and the answers that aren’t, say a lot…at least they do to me because I genuinely care about the meanings.

Look at it this way.  If I ask “What do you do?”, it’s a stock question.  Even if I ask it with complete presence and authenticity, I can go deeper, faster by asking “Why do you do what you do?”.  Even “how” in this example isn’t as effective.  “What do you do?” “How do you do it?” are a bit superficial for me.  They are, of course, helpful and will be useful questions later, though I still want to go for the heart first and then move out to What, How, Who, When, etc…

  • Why do you do what you do?
  • Why is this cause so important to you?
  • Why does it matter to your clients to….?
  • Why do you live in San Diego?
  • Why are you here today?

I guarantee you that the answers will always be revealing, interesting and generate a unique conversation that you couldn’t have expected.

Want to move past the “small talk” and always have “large talk” conversations like this?  That’s what you get with the mastermind group techniques that I share.  In the end, don’t make time for the “small talk”.  Start on your path to Mastermind Mastery by downloading the guide at

Experiment with this in your next conversation and leave an impression that you genuinely care which will increase your likeability factor.


From Meeting To Mastermind: When One plus One Equals Three

When does 1+1=3?

According to mastermind group participants that I’ve heard from in the last 8 years, they’ve told me they agree that when they came together to mastermind with a common objective and did so in the spirit of harmony, they indeed left with more than they came with.  Whether that was energy, ideas, resources, etc…

Can your meeting make that claim?

Or, have your meeting experiences been like so many others where you came away feeling “less” than when you arrived?

Wouldn’t you think that when people meet with a common objective, that more is created together? And certainly if they believed in and were inspired by the common objective?

I mean really, isn’t that wasted time, mental and emotional energy if more DOESN’T come of it?

There IS a better way.  The Meeting to Mastermind way that we teach here at

I must say, though, that it DOES start with your intention and commitment to being authentic and supporting your fellow meeting participants to build trust.

When you’re ready to move your tired old meetings to masterminds that actually create “magic moments”, then engage and make a difference.

At the end of the day, wouldn’t you rather look back and say, “That was time well invested” versus “time wasted”?

I’ll leave you with this quote.  It certainly reminds me how powerful I can be to others when I bring a spirit of harmony to a team.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Quote by Marianne Williamson
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