Why Sharing Is Caring

Why Sharing Is Caring

I’m in the middle of a closely guarded facility where access is granted to only a select few. I’m surrounded by advanced technology that looks like it’s from some big budget science fiction film. The feeling of innovation is palpable; even without knowing much, I know the future is being built here. My guide enthusiastically shouts, “Ok robtos – Go!” In unison, four, half million dollar robots begin to work together to build the fastest machine I’ve ever had the pleasure of driving.

Recently, I had the privilege of attending the MastermindTalks Retreat with 99 other driven entrepreneurs in California. As part of the conference, we gained access to two amazing companies, Tesla Motors where I was blown away by the above experience, as well as Pixar Animation Studios. MastermindTalks is a community for ambitious entrepreneurs created by Jayson Gaignard in 2013. Through dinners, social media and retreats, MastermindTalks is designed to be a safe place for entrepreneurs and people alike to explore, learn and share.

Tesla Motors was a hive of activity and innovation while Tony visited.

Tesla Motors was a hive of activity and innovation while Tony visited.

Why do I leave the comforts of home and my business for a week to travel across the continent to hang out with people I barely know? I do it because I believe that exposing myself to diverse people, thoughts and businesses is vital to my ability to lead and grow my team.

Check out this quote from legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden. “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” I interpret this quote to mean, be careful with whom you hang out with because they play a large role in determining where you’ll end up.

Another reason I believe that it’s important for everyone to get away and to experience something different is because it takes us out of the forest and allows us to truly see the trees. Regularly meeting up with other inspired individuals is important because we’re able to learn best practices and to share our own. Each time I venture out, I come back with tons of nuggets I’ve learned that will help me to become a better leader who is able to help develop my team. For instance, I had no idea that Pixar hires PhD mathematicians to aid them in creating animations that are so close to real life, it’s almost scary. PhD mathematicians at an animation studio? I would have never guessed but the concept of hiring people with far reaching expertise to help them achieve their goals resonated with me. Our goal at Roma Moulding is to create the best and happiest company in the world. My experience at Pixar and Tesla further enforced the concept that unconventional methods truly do produce unconventional results.

Tony with members of the MastermindTalks Retreat group posing with Pixar characters.

Tony with members of the MastermindTalks Retreat group posing with Pixar characters.

The MastermindTalks events work so well because they are a great support structure. I believe that many times entrepreneurs are misunderstood. We’re often labeled as too challenging or even crazy for looking at the world the way we do. When in the company of my fellow Masterminders, I feel somewhat normal, as I’m definitely not the craziest person in the room. As thought leaders, we need a space to be ourselves and to learn from diverse, yet like-minded people.

My three major takeaways from the MastermindTalks retreat are:

  1. The importance of surrounding yourself with great people.
  2. The need to expose yourself to diverse thought leadership. I recommend visiting a minimum of three leading companies a year to get an in-depth look at their success. So far this year I’ve been to Pixar, Tesla and Pelmorex Media (The Weather Network). If you’re interested, please reach out, as I would love to offer you the opportunity to be part of a Roma Tour at our headquarters.
  3. Your story is important so share it! It could make a big impact in someone else’s life.

I realize that not everyone will attend a MastermindTalks event. Gaignard does an outstanding job of curating a sensational group of speakers and an equally amazing job of selecting a limited group of attendees. Over 7,000 people would like to attend but only 100 are invited. Why does he do this? These MastermindTalks events are all about having the right people to collide with. Gaignard needs to ensure that those who show up are successful and willing to share their best practices as well as their failures.

Even though I loved my time in beautiful California, an exotic location is not required if your goal is to simply surround yourself with diverse thought leaders and to learn through sharing. Here’s what I propose – create your own mastermind group! I promise that the outcome will be epic! I recommend the following:

  • Pick a date and time that you’re able host a small meet up.
  • Define your topic and put the call out on social media to see who’s interested in attending.
  • Be picky with who you select and keep the group small to start. Remember, it’s about the quality of people you attract and not the quantity.
  • Send out a few questions in advance such as: What’s the biggest success you’ve had around culture in the last six months? What’s your biggest challenge? How can this group serve you?
  • Start a Facebook group that will allow for sharing and continued learning pre and post event.

Be creative and look to public spaces such as libraries or parks to host your mastermind. You’ll get the added bonus of being within a creative space that nurtures conversation for free!

Does this sound interesting? Great! I’d love to get the ball rolling and mastermind with some of the great people in my network, so how about this:

I will host a two-hour mastermind session for leaders and entrepreneurs that want to learn how culture can be your biggest competitive advantage on May 28 at our newly renovated Roma Headquarters, just north of Toronto. I’m going to limit the space to ten people. If interested, please send an email to my Executive Assistant and Time Ninja Camilla Brown ([email protected]) with Culture Mastermind Event in the subject line!

Let’s give this a shot – I promise that it will be a worthwhile experience and that you’ll walk away with new techniques that will make an immediate impact in your business and leadership style.

Thank you. I’m looking forward to it and I hope that you are to!

Tony Gareri

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  1. Gordon Thain Says: May 8, 2015 at 9:38 am

    It’s so true. When you talk you only rehash what you already know, when you listen you have a chance to learn something new.

  2. Rob Beck Says: May 8, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Sounds like a sensational experience in California!

  3. Rich Huisman Says: May 8, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Couldn’t agree more Tony. The greatest learning comes when you step outside your day to day bubble and explore other companies and cultures.

  4. Another wonderfully informative blog Tony! I feel that the people you surround yourself with determines your level of success.
    MastermindTalks sounds amazing!!

  5. What a great experience – First of all, Pixar is on my short list of companies that I’d love to visit some time – and secondly YES – being open to others’ experiences, sharing and learning from each other is so powerful. One of the many traits that make you who you are Tony! I will be away during your Culture Mastermind but I’m sure that all who attend will gain lots of benefits!

  6. Doris Pontieri Says: May 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    These gatherings are important and last through our lives. I have revisited similar events that have expanded my mind and am grateful for the experiences.

  7. Stanislav Georgiev Says: May 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I would do anything to visit Tesla and Pixar and get a sneak peak on how they become so amazing!

  8. Jo Anne Garcia Says: May 8, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Another great read Tony. An individual can learn so much when they choose to listen! I would love to visit Pixar!! How exciting!!

  9. Anthony Iannitelli Says: May 8, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    A very interesting read . Highly recommended !

  10. Jack Carpenter Says: May 10, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Sounds like an amazing week. Congratulations on being selected to attend such a exclusive event!!!

  11. Jason Leung Says: May 11, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Great reminder that we need to take action from inspirations otherwise they will only ever be dreams.

  12. Jayson Gaignard Says: May 11, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I would love to join on the 28th, but It’s my birthday (and my wife doesn’t allow me to do work on my birthday) :p

  13. It’s so important to surround yourself with individuals who want success, you can push each other and keep each other accountable.

  14. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) Says: May 13, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I like to think I surround myself with great people. I like to be around people that like to be around me.

  15. The most important point here I think is that you continue to surround yourself with smart people who challenge you and you seeks out learning opportunities. That is crucial to success and growth. I think the Mastermind series sounds really interesting. I might connect with your EA regarding that.

  16. Angela V Says: May 13, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Great read! Sounds like a fantastic experience!

  17. “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” <- Such a great quote! It's one I'm going to remember for quite some time.

    Love the idea of these mastermind meetups. The smaller they are, the more likely you'll take away useful key points, instead of just mingling within a large chaotic crowd, I'm sure.

  18. I LOVE this concept, I do something similar with a group of my peers online (due to distance). But I know of another small group of ladies who have a “mentoring circle” for just the purpose you described above. By setting a monthly meeting they hold themselves accountable to share new information/tips with the group but also reach their own golds and grow their business.

    • Tony Gareri Says: May 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Love it – Gently holding your peers and friends accountable for success is awesome!!! Many times you see that person much bigger than they see themselves…

  19. A very interesting concept and one that will, if I am reading this correctly, work to whoever is able to attends betterment in business and in personal relationships.

  20. I wholeheartedly agree that you need to surround yourself with like-minded professionals. Having a community has made such an impact in my career.

  21. It’s always a great thing when a bunch of smart minds get in a room like this!

  22. I love the mastermind group idea! I belong to an artist group that meets once a mont, being able to bounce idea’s off of one another is such a powerful tool.

  23. What an AMAZING experience! Way cool!

  24. What an amazing experience to have! I agree that entrepreneurs are often misunderstood and need supportive groups.

  25. It sounds like you learned a lot! Lots of great, interesting information, Tony! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Seeing the forest for the trees is important to do. And you’re right, getting out and about sometimes helps!

  27. That would have been a great experience, it’s the first I’ve heard of this but now I’d love to go! I agree with surrounding yourself with people that inspire. That is so important!

  28. That is a great quote. I try to explain that to my kids all the time, and they do not seem to understand it. It sounds like a great experience.

  29. Conferences and retreats like this are so important to growing a successful business. There’s no better place to network, and you gain so much knowledge!

  30. I love bouncing ideas off someone else. It always gives me a new perspective. Sounds like what you did was am amazing learning experience. I love sharing my ideas and having other people share theirs. Its just a great way to learn more about how to grow your own business.

  31. sounds like you are having a great time! the robots sound incredible

  32. This idea is awesome, will look for opportunity to replicate the same in the Philippines

  33. Jen Gold Says: May 20, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Our youngest daughter is named Tesla. My favorite Tesla quote: “Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them.” He never cared that people stole his ideas, he wanted to share them but was frustrated that they did not have their own. Coming together with like minded people empower all to think out side the box. Glad your on the outside of that box and happy to be able to be blessed by that daily.

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