New IT Managers Mastermind

As a new IT Manager, there is a regular stream of issues that come up where you might benefit from some advice, brainstorming, or just having a colleague to talk with confidentially. It may not be practical to take every situation to your manager, especially if you have trouble getting on his/her calendar. Or if the your manager is the problem.

In my experience, new IT Managers face many day-to-day challenges where this type of help could be a game-changer. That is why I am offering a New IT Managers Mastermind.

So, what is a Mastermind, exactly?

Mastermind groups offer a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability, and support in a group setting to sharpen both your business and personal skills. A Mastermind group helps you and the other Mastermind group members achieve success. Members support and challenge each other to set strong goals and, more importantly, to accomplish them. The Mastermind group requires commitment, confidentiality, a willingness to both give and receive advice and ideas, and a willingness to support each other with honesty, respect, and compassion. (definition adapted from What is a Mastermind Group?: A Definition and tutorials)

How is this Mastermind structured?

  • Group size: 5 members + one facilitator
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Meeting Frequency: 2 meetings per month (~every other week) — attendance commitment is important
  • Each member will have the opportunity to take the Tilt 365 True Tilt Personality Assessment and be de-briefed in a 1-on-1 session
  • Each member will be asked to share their True Tilt Persona with all the other members
  • Each member will have the opportunity to be on the “Hot Seat” each meeting
  • Each member will set SMART goals for the 6 months
  • Each member will have a quick goal check-in each meeting
  • Each member will have the opportunity to have an Accountability Buddy
  • There will be some educational content provided for offline learning
  • Meetings can be in-person or virtual via Zoom

What is a “Hot Seat”?

In essence, the “Hot Seat” is a way of getting help, from the wisdom in the room, on something important, where you are stuck. There are two parts to a “Hot Seat”. The first is the issue that the person in the “Hot Seat” needs help on, and includes clarifying questions from the other members so they can fully understand the “Hot Seat” issue. The second is the help the other members provide in the form of brainstorming and advice.

What are SMART Goals?

SMART is an acronym with several slightly different variations; in this Mastermind group, SMART denotes goals that meet these criteria: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. Goals that meet those criteria are considered to be clear, attainable and meaningful, and create a straightforward roadmap for how you can reach your intended target, and build your career. Check out information about SMART goals on Wikipedia.

What is an Accountability Buddy?

In this context, an Accountability Buddy is someone in this Mastermind group who knows what you want to accomplish and checks in with you on an agreed schedule (daily, weekly, etc.), using an agreed method (phone, email, FaceTime, Zoom, etc.) to hold you accountable for achieving your goals. That person needs to be committed to your success, be committed to the agreed check-in schedule, celebrate your successes with you and ask helpful, respectful questions when you fall short. If you are only accountable to yourself, it is easy to get caught up in day-to-day activities and stress, and let your goals go unmet. Being accountable to someone else will often be the push you need to help you stay on track.

What happens at the end of the 6 months?

About 2-3 weeks before the end of the 6 months, each member will have the opportunity to signal that they would like to continue for an additional 6 months or end at the 6-month mark. If not everyone continues, new members will be recruited to bring the continuing group up to 5 members.

What is the cost of this Mastermind Group?

The New IT Managers Mastermind is available by application only.
If you are a fit for this Mastermind, the cost is $1200 (that works out to $100 per meeting and includes the cost of the Tilt 365 True Tilt Personality Assessment.) A $100 non-refundable payment is required to hold your seat.

Is there a payment plan?

Yes. After acceptance, you will be asked to pay $100 (non-refundable) to reserve your seat. Just before the start date for the group, you will be invoiced for $500 and $600 at the beginning of month three.

How do I know if a Mastermind is right for me?

Take the Mastermind Readiness Test here.

Still have questions?

Sign up below for a free 30-minute Mastermind consultation.

Ready to apply?

Click here to start the application process. This will take you to a tool called CoachAccountable which will ask you to schedule time to review your application and then present you with a form to fill out some basic contact information and complete the application that we will review on the date you selected.