Make 2020 your year to join an IoD Mastermind group
‘It really is extraordinary, the level of expertise and knowledge you have in the room when you get a group of IoD members together... there isn’t a problem or challenge that one of them won’t have encountered at some point in their career. It’s a remarkable pool of talent.’ - Carole Harvey, IoD Ambassador for Diversity
Have you considered joining one of the IoD’s Mastermind groups? Mastermind groups are held in Nottingham, Leicester, Northampton and we’re now launching in Derby and Lincoln. The IoD Mastermind groups have been designed to act as a support system for directors. A group of directors from varied sectors with a diversity of experiences come together and support one another through discussions that challenge accepted thinking or help each other look at problems in different ways to find solutions. They are overwhelmingly well received, as Justin Donne, Justin Donne Consulting, points out:
“The IoD Mastermind sessions have helped by connecting me with diverse noncompeting leaders in completely different sectors that reveals we all deal with the same business issues. “More importantly, it’s a chance to cross pollinate and synthesise ideas and solutions from one sector to another. “Its more than lateral thinking within a company, this is across industries. This is one thing I do professionally, but I’m not accessible to every business in the world, so as IoD member I can honestly say masterminds will make all the difference in your business.”
Each group is run by a facilitator that helps focus each meeting with a topic and keeps the group on track. Members are there to diagnose a problem, talk it out, look at it in different ways and strategically run through solutions. These meetings are a strictly no-selling space and are not intended to be a networking group. Members come expecting candid conversations with each other on a variety of business issues. Each group meets on a monthly basis and consists of up to 15 members. All members are from non-competing industries so as to ensure members can be candid and open about any problem they bring to the group. Meetings are Chatham House Rules and are strictly IoD Members only. What are looking to get out of 2020? If you are looking for a group that is there to support, challenge and help you be the best Director you can be, then it is worth looking into joining a Mastermind group. There is no limit to the number of groups that form, if one group is full then we will simply start building another. Reach out to the IoD East Midlands team and let us know you are interested. We will then work with our facilitators to place you in the right group.
“You know how you often think to yourself ‘I nearly didn’t go to whatever-it-is, but now I’m really glad I did?’ That’s how I feel about our Mastermind group. We’re all very busy people leading interesting businesses, but our IoD Mastermind Group forces us to take a step back and work ‘on it, not just in it’. It allows you to look at your business challenges from a different perspective.” - Sandy Groves, Think Again