I got an email from a longtime friend who’s been following me for several years. She said she was recently inspired to do two things that changed her life. She colored her hair AND she started a group for several women who, like herself, needed to get unstuck. They get together regularly and coach one another.
Seems the new hair color boosted her self-confidence enough to go out and gather together other women she knew could use a boost. This was great news! It’s happening all over that groups of women are finding strength in one another.
Her email inspired me to tell you about a similar group that I affectionately call my posse but is aka my Creative Mastermind Group.
About 2 years ago I sent out an email to women I know who have at least 20 years work experience and are now reinventing their businesses and/or careers. I explained that the purpose of the group was to create a “personal board of directors,” that could help us solve problems that we were facing with our individual projects.
The initial meeting drew about 15 women. They were all interested and at that initial meeting we laid out draft for creating forward momentum. I invited everyone back the next month and asked for a 6 month commitment from those who were really serious about moving their proverbial trains. By the third meeting the group had dwindled down to the “core six.”
Now 2 years later we’re going strong. We had one drop out replaced by one new member this past year. We’ve become close friends as well as business coaches for one another. We all share common goals that include building sales, defining our brand, and taking on marketing with a vengeance.
We’ve worked on vision boards, hired coaches, and read books related to business, mental toughness, and soulful purpose with intense discussion on to apply what we learned to our own lives and business.
About 6 months ago we invented what we lovingly call ‘the fairy chair.’ At each monthly meeting one of us is designated to sit on the chair with wings. For the next hour that person is treated to a brainstorming session on any issues with which they need some input. It’s an opportunity for them to benefit from 6 other brains.
My Fairy Chair session is coming up! Can’t wait to share what happens here. Once I put it in writing I’m accountable. Right?