“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napoleon Hill

That is an interesting quote by Napoleon Hill, the author of “Think and Grow Rich”.  A book written almost 100 years ago, but still referenced by many today.  Bring those thoughts to the modern day, and you will find many ways to help others, but which one gives you the best chance of success?  Peer to peer, or mastermind groups are proven to be really successful, and below you will find out why.  Here’s one to consider: The Directors Forum.

The Directors Forum is a sure fast way to generate successful outcomes.  It consists of a group of Directors and business owners meeting monthly to work through current issues. Specifically those associated with sales and customer service. You can look forward to a peer to peer meeting in which you share your concerns, and feel accountable for your actions, whilst at the same time developing long lasting relationships and receive emotional support.

Between meetings, receive one to one coaching, benefit from training from our partners to help change habits, tackle strategic shifts in direction, and understand how your team’s dynamics can stifle or enable growth.

Why join a peer to peer or mastermind group?

1. Safety, permission to fail

In your current role, it might be hard to admit you don’t know all of the answers, or that you took a wrong turn.  In the Director Forum meetings, there’s no right or wrong answer, and you definitely don’t need to feel as though you are the expert.

2. Big Picture view

There’s that old phrase “work on the business, not in it”.  Easier said than done perhaps?  The Directors Forum meeting will give you a monthly opportunity to really think about where your business is, and where you want to take it, and how.  Others will also challenge you on how fast your pace of change is going, and whether you are avoiding the issues that will drive the biggest impact on revenue, or profit.

3. Shared Wisdom

Oscar Wilde said “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.  It is likely that the problem you face has been experienced by someone else in the group, or they know a contact that is in the same position.  Taking time to learn from others before you make the same mistake can save you 100’s of hours of lost productivity, and money.

4. Crystal Ball

Being so entrenched in your own business, it is easy to miss what is happening.  In a peer to peer group, you see or hear things others will bring to the meeting that may well be a future issue for you to face up to.  Forewarned and forearmed, you can either proactively mitigate things now to stop the issue from surfacing, or, just be ready to react when it does occur.

5. Well being

Being the person everyone else looks to is lonely, and sometimes mentally tough.  In the meetings, and in between, you have people there to support you, or to call on.  It is vital to have a place you can go to for that emotional crutch you might need to lean on.  The Directors Forum can enable that.

6. Being Accountable aids motivation

Research states that we will perform more effectively when there is accountability in place.  It will be hard to come back to a meeting and admit you haven’t done anything with the advice and actions you agreed from the last meeting.  By being involved, your effectiveness will, inevitably, increase.

7. Sharpen the Saw

Stephen Covey’s 7 habits includes Habit 7, “Sharpen the Saw”.  He said “We must never become too busy sawing to take time to sharpen the saw”.  In The Directors Forum, not only will you learn from your fellow cohort, but also you will receive content from tried and tested speakers, and trainers.

8. Valuable Connections

As the Directors Forum grows, you will be introduced to more and more connections, all working from a position of trust and shared values.  Regardless of the issue, it is likely that someone at the table will know a reliable contact to put you in touch with.

9. Look to the Future

At some point in the future, every business owner will face up to what to do with the company.  Sell, let it go dormant, or pass on to a future generation?  A peer group like the Directors Forum can help you introduce systems and processes that make the business valuable, without needing you as the business owner to be part of the future.

So, what’s stopping you?  Come along to our next taster meeting and see the benefits first hand.  Places are always limited, so get in touch soon.  Visit www.directorsforum.co.uk or email chris@directorsforum.co.uk

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