What is a mastermind group?
How did my mastermind group get started?
Why have a mastermind group 'retreat'?
- Dedicated time away from the distractions of family and home life
- More time to focus completely and in depth on work-related issues
- Explore personal, professional and business development
Arriving early, I sat in the sun, enjoying a glass of wine and eating olives – well, it felt like I was in the Med, so why not – and I was soon joined by Margaret and Julia. After wine, olives and other delectables, we headed to our accommodation – a beautifully equipped four-storey Edwardian house next to Wandsworth Common. Perfect.
What's covered in an editorial retreat?
DAY ONE: MORNING SESSION
At our first morning session we reviewed what our objectives were for the weekend and then focused on the skills we already have.
A skills audit made us think very hard about all of our skills, not just the obvious editorial ones which immediately spring to mind.
DAY ONE: AFTERNOON SESSION
Several of us facilitated various parts of this session, and there were some challenging exercises to work on which really made us think hard.
It became really apparent just how beneficial it is to spend time talking in depth about a subject, unfettered by our daily routines.
Is a mastermind retreat worthwhile?
And having similarly focused, likeminded colleagues who are willing to question and challenge themselves in an atmosphere of honesty and openness is an invigorating and affirmative experience.
Will we do it again? I think we will. It might be a slightly different format and we'll probably do some things differently, based on our experience this year.