CHICAGO, IL: Seasoned Chicago business consultant, Darlene Ziebell, is launching a new virtual mastermind group in August, where a group of motivated small and mid-size entrepreneurs will come together to search for the best ways to build sustainable businesses.
The mastermind group, Masterminds Breed Success, will meet virtually for four to five hours once per month over a year. It is geared toward serious business owners with challenges they are looking to overcome, in a group setting utilizing the input and feedback from the other group members. Group members will enjoy various benefits, including education, deep networking, support, brainstorming, and peer-to-peer mentoring.
Ziebell’s mastermind group provides the core strengths of commitment and accountability. All members selected to join must commit to the mastermind group policies and non-disclosure agreement. Group members set the structure of the meetings and topics, with the primary goal of helping each other solve the challenges they are having trouble overcoming in each of their respective businesses.
“Masterminds Breed Success is a peer-to-peer learning process for business owners having challenges that they’re looking to overcome in a small group setting of like-minded individuals,” noted Darlene Ziebell, the moderator and founder of the group. “They’re looking for support, advice, and for accountability to reach their business goals.”
This mastermind group is unique in that it is virtual, whereas many mentoring groups meet in person. Existing virtually allows participation by people from all over the country. Group participants are assured that no two participants of the group will be direct competitors of each other. Ziebell has wanted to put a virtual group like this together for a while; better technology and software have finally allowed her to do it.
Although all businesses have their distinctive challenges, some of the challenges addressed in the group could be growing revenues, expanding the business to additional markets or customers, scaling the company in a manageable way, or even putting the business in the best position to sell it down the road. Each business will set a challenge or group of challenges, and the goal is to overcome them with the help of the group.
“If you commit to doing so much, the group will hold you accountable for your goals,” said Ziebell. “They’ll challenge you and you’ll get valuable education and advice from each other over the course of your membership. It’s very structured and the group itself decides the subjects or topics they need to learn or work on in the meetings going forward.”
To prepare for Masterminds Breed Success, potential participants should put together a list of what their one-year business goals are and a list of where they think they need help. A list of their business’s weak areas would also be useful.
To participate in Masterminds Breed Success, visit the mastermind groups page of Ziebell’s website.
About Darlene Ziebell
Darlene Ziebell is a prominent entrepreneur, author, and business consultant who helps business owners navigate and succeed in the world of business. Her recent initiatives include a book, webinar, podcast, and high-level business startup workshops. Ziebell holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and has served as a management consultant for numerous Fortune 1000 companies.
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