by light leadership
by light leadership
In his book “Think and Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill described the original Mastermind principle as,
“The coordination of knowledge and effort between two or more people who work towards a definite purpose in a spirit of harmony… no two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.”
He then goes on to say,
“A group of brains coordinated or connected in a spirit of harmony will provide more thought energy than a single brain. Just as a group of electric batteries will provide more energy than a single battery. Through this metaphor it becomes immediately obvious that the mastermind principle holds the secret of the power wielded by [people] who surround themselves with other [people] of brains.
When a group of individual brains are coordinated and function in harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance becomes available to every individual brain in the group.”
As we can see, at its core, a Mastermind is intended to be a melding of minds to achieve a greater level of intelligence and problem-solving, together.
“Economic advantages may be created by any person who surrounds [them]self with the advice, counsel and personal cooperation of a group of [people] who are willing to lend wholehearted aid in a spirit of perfect harmony. This form of cooperative alliance has been the basis of nearly every great fortune.”
The Light Leadership Mastermind app offers a new model for effective Masterminding.
By allying ourselves with other bright minds, and surrounding ourselves with what Hill calls, the “advice, counsel and personal cooperation of a group of people who are willing to lend wholehearted aid in a spirit of perfect harmony,” human beings can achieve the phenomenon of a “third mind,” or what we call, Collective Intelligence.
Collective Intelligence is where the emergent intelligence of the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
The Light Leadership Mastermind App supports the cultivation of this emergent Collective Intelligence of a group.
It does this by supporting the group to create the cultural conditions that will allow for it “to function in harmony,”
and for that harmony to be established, maintained
and observed with continuity over time.
and bump up against the equivalent phenomena in the other members of the group.
For the group to stay connected, come through these tensions in tact, and continue moving toward the actualization of their “definite purpose”, these tensions need to be navigated by the group and release in order to restore the “spirit of harmony” within the group.
The core functionality of the Light Leadership app is therefore to eliminate these relational tensions in the Mastermind group, by illuminating the underlying communication and connection issues that are the group’s biggest risk, in service of restoring the “spirit of harmony”.
“Men take on the nature and the habits and the power of thought of those with whom they associate in a spirit of sympathy and harmony.”
Research shows that the relational tensions within a highly interacting small group pursuing a “definite purpose” often create entropic group dynamics that are a major cause of project failure.
Relational tensions can cause: trust to erode, stagnant creative energy, apathy/people becoming checked out, stress, bottled up emotions, isolation, health issues/burn out, impact on personal relationships and so much more.
What’s important to note, is that since the health of the relationships within the group are the very foundation of any business or creative endeavour, what’s happening within the group’s relationships, directly affects how effectively the group is showing up and how able they are to produce and adapt in the outside world.
2 These are statistics from a CBInsights report from Feb 2018 collated from list of 101 startup failure post-mortems citing some key relationally-related reasons for startup team failures
When we first came together, as a group of good friends in pursuit of our “definite purpose” (what we call our “Shared Vision”), we were well aware of the kinds of challenges we would face in today’s rapidly changing business environment given the oft reported 90-95% failure of startup endeavors.
We knew we would need to learn how to become an adaptable and resilient team, effectively track and respond to the market and each other, and learn to pivot rapidly and often together.
And yet, despite our awareness of the challenges and our best efforts to navigate them consciously, we still found ourselves facing many of the myriad issues and slipping into many of the same grooves that are outlined above (pedestalling, martyrdom, silo-ing and a variety of resentments and judgments to name a few).
Our original founder was really smart but had no prior experience running a business, knew he needed the diverse perspectives of the other members of the group for the business to perpetually thrive and didn’t want to be stuck at the top of a hierarchy of his friends, giving all of the difficult and uncomfortable feedback.
So in an effort to establish and maintain more equal relationships among the members of the group, we decided to create a system that would make the process of giving and receiving feedback smoother, more commonplace and more natural; one that could surface the invisible tensions that so often break groups apart, to ensure that they could be navigated together and bring us back into “function(ing) in harmony”.
That’s why we created an app that supports a culture of distributed feedback, provides a pressure release mechanism for any tensions that are building up within the group, empowers each member of the group to address tensions directly with each other, and allows us a group to track and make visible progress around relational coherence and group “harmony”.
The first step is taken when someone in the group creates a “Sphere” and invites the other members of the group to it.
Once someone has created a Sphere, anyone in the group can set the frequency of the tension adjustment periods (as daily or weekly).
The app then empowers all the participants to adjust the “tension ratings” for the other participants in their Sphere.
A tension adjustment is essentially a meritocratic rating mechanism.
Participants simply adjust the tension (from 1-100) for each participant in your Sphere to reflect how you feel they have been showing up and contributing in the Sphere for that week.
Each week the data collects the feedback anonymously, compiles it and reflects it back via the coherence or “harmony” graphic, that offers a visual representation of the relational tension that’s present amongst the group.
The tension history records the different tension ratings among the group over time.
“When two or more people coordinate in a spirit of harmony and work toward a definite objective they place themselves in position through that alliance to absorb power directly from a great Universal store-house of infinite intelligence.
This is the greatest of all sources of power; it is the source to which the genius turns; it is the source to which every great leader turns, whether [they] may be conscious of they fact or not.”
This Light Leadership Mastermind app is the first step on the road to a new way of being creative together by consistently accessing the group’s emergent Collective Intelligence.
This Collective Intelligence and new way of being together is one that welcomes your humanity;
Where you no longer have to feel like you’re trapped inside an inflexible and rigid control-based system;
One where your emotions aren’t left outside the door;
And where there’s space for each person’s voice and feedback to be consistently heard.
One where everyone can be maximally creative;
And you feel like working together becomes more like playing together.
A new distributed and dynamic governance model, that’s designed to support more group connection, collaboration and coherence, creating an elite team that can navigate the rocky road of being a Mastermind or startup that is consistently and rapidly able adapt and innovate.
For more information check out our Private Introduction here.
Ownership and decision making are equally distributed within the Sphere.
Spacerock’s vision is to create technology, tools and systems that put a person’s humanity first on an emotional and relational level, to support productive group dynamics and create value and impact in peoples’ lives as they are co-creating together.
This is because at Spacerock they believe in Unity.
They believe that Unity is experienced when an individual and group transparently share what’s really going on for them, and can feel free to open to the full spectrum of their creative and emotional expression, in connection with the other members of their group or team.
Because that’s how the guys at Spacerock have been able to access their true passion and creativity.
Over the past 4 months, Spacerock have been utilizing the Light Leadership Mastermind app.
The graphics for their tension ratings are laid out below.
By looking at the graphics we can observe how the tension in the group has dynamically shifted over time. This gives us insight into the following: