Not belonging to a Mastermind group is like skipping breakfast!

Mastermind – Is It Right For You?

Not belonging to a Mastermind group is like skipping breakfast! You feel empty, lost and end up making the wrong decisions based on emotion… like choosing a cake for lunch rather than the salad!

Attending Mastermind meeting sets you up for the day/week/month and gives you balance, perspective and all the ingredients you need to motivate you to achieve your goals.

5 Reasons why Mastermind might be right for you.

  1. A problem halved is a problem shared. That feeling of being alone in business is gone once you belong to a Mastermind group; where the primary focus is peer to peer mentoring and successes are shared and challenges solved.
  2. Mastermind allows you to grow your network rapidly, not only by the number of members in the group, but by tapping into their network you’ll have access to a wider circle of influence.
  3. Collaboration is a natural result of being a member of a Mastermind group. You may find synergy with other members and potentially a perfect fit for a joint venture.
  4. By sharing challenges you learn new ideas and therefore make better decisions faster; resulting in increased productivity and a bigger bottom line!
  5. Being in a room of inspiring business men and women encourages a positive and growth mind-set. Mastermind is often referred to as a place where personal development thrives. Your trusted board of advisors motivate, inspire and push you beyond your comfort zone where you personally grow and develop.

Why Does It Work?

The success of the group is due to the commitment and support of its members, who are dedicated to improving their businesses, their leadership, their community and each other. The openness and receptiveness within the group, along with their willingness to put ego aside and apply the necessary passion and commitment in the pursuit of being the best is what makes Mastermind so valuable.


Cloud9 believes that our biggest strength is our community we have facilitated Mastermind groups since 2010. Mastermind acts as a catalyst for growth. The monthly meetings offer a combination of brainstorming, education, accountability and support in a trusted group environment to improve your business and personal skills.

Cloud9 Mastermind – What Really Happens?

  • A group of up to 12 business owners or future leaders from non- competing organisations.
  • A monthly offsite meeting at a central Essex & London location.
  • Facilitated by experts in business and talent development.
  • Lively, participative and authentic discussions based on current business and development challenges.
  • Members challenge each other to set clear goals.
  • We encourage creative thinking and brave decision-making.
  • Members share success stories and challenges with each other.
  • Problems are solved through peer brainstorming and collective creative thinking.

Cloud9 Mastermind encourages innovation, enhances your natural talent and instincts, gives you confidence in your decision making and will move your business forward in a confidential, agenda-free and non-judgemental environment.


For details of any coaching programme or Mastermind Group you can contact Cloud9 on 02033 279 990 [email protected]




Work/Life Balance

 I sigh with reliefI have done it again!! 

Most of us have come to the end of the summer school holidays and can breathe again! I always give myself a well-deserved pat on the back and smugly congratulate myself for surviving another year! 

September always brings for me a time of reflection, have I achieved the work/life balance that I am comfortable with? 

Work/life balance is a phrase which we are all familiar with but what does it really mean to you? 

For meone of my biggest values is balance. I strive for balance throughout the whole year – not just in the school holidays. If I haven’t achieved a balanced week, I am not performing at my best. 

So what does my balanced week look like? 

To understand this I need to understand my role or the different roles I fulfil, for me they are:- 

Director, Leader, Coach, Marketer, Sales Director, Finance Director, HR Director, IT Director, Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend. 

With so many hats to juggle, how can I possibly achieve balance? The answer is with bite-sized chunks! 

Like all great goals, they are easier to achieve if you break them up into realistic chunks. I like to chunk my life into 3month blocks. 

I look at all of my roles individually and break them into 12 weeks, 3 easy to manage months (or in July 6 simple weeks!) 

I ask myself the difficult question: – What do need to do to really move my business/family/relationships forward? This gives me my focus for the next 12 weeks, it feels less daunting and far more realistic. And you can take other demands into consideration like school holidays, annual leave, staff shortages, projects, family commitments. 

All of my roles affect each other, I may want to ease my sales target in August to consider the school holidays and my own annual leave, although this may have more of an impact in September, or I may need to enhance my leadership skills and team to manage my business whilst I am away. 

The real secret is to review. Once you have identified your roles and set realistic bitesized goals, review the challenges and successes in these areas weekly. This will help you implement fixes where needed and to celebrate your successes. 

You may have more than 14 roles to play at any one time, but I believe it is simple when you build your support network. The last 6 weeks will prove how solid yours really is. 

I am incredibly lucky to have an amazing support network and the very best family and circle of friends which makes my balance achievable. Like any great team you need to identify the role (or roles) you play and to achieve the winning formula. It is essential to have structure.  

Work/Life Balance is achieved with the right People, Processes and Structure. 

Do you have the right people around you?  

Do you have robust processes in place? 

Do you have a structure that allows for the help and support you need.  

I suggest to achieve your work/life balance, clarify what makes you happy, be clear on what you want to achieve, set realistic goals, prioritise, detail your processes, implement structure and build your solid support network.  

Why Two Minds Are Better Than One


I have been running Mastermind groups for over 6 years and it still amazes me the value we all feel in sharing our ideas, challenges and successes to a trusted board of advisors.
How lucky to have access to a group of professional peers who are genuine, honest and willing to help one another.

It is human nature to want to belong to a group and also feel like we contribute. This is the power of Mastermind.

I often hear from professionals that whilst being very comfortable with their business and their professional ability, it is still relatively lonely at the top. Taking work home to families or friends is entirely different to discussing daily challenges with another business owner.

I was once approached by a client’s wife who asked me why her husband could talk to me and not her. The answer is simple, I have no emotional attachment to the business whereas it has a real and obvious impact on her life.

This is the same with Mastermind. Members are able to offer a constructive view on someone else’s business and can often find solutions to other business challenges far easier than their own.

Mastermind is not networking.

I have spent many hours networking with other professionals. Everyone you engage with has a fantastic business and are enjoying enormous amounts of success. I have not met anyone at a network event who has shared a different tale. This is because when we are networking we are more often than not, in sales mode.

How to network effectively is an entirely different subject…

Why join a Mastermind group?

1. A safe environment to share ideas, challenges and successes with trusted professionals, who are willing to learn from others.
2. Find solutions to real business problems

3. A peer group to hold you accountable
4. Extending your business network

A great Mastermind group can have a huge impact but it is vitally important to have the right group for you.

I always offer a 3 month money back guarantee to my new members as I feel it takes at least three meetings to fully appreciate the value of Mastermind. After that you will be hooked for life, the members will become part of your team and your board of advisors.

Experience a true Mastermind group, and ensure you are not the cleverest person in the room.

If you would like more details on the Mastermind groups that we offer please email me direct:-

[email protected]



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I am fortunate to work with many inspiring and successful women who lead teams and businesses, who, like myself are striving to juggle and achieve balance.

Women in business have a lot to play for, the irony is that the one thing standing in the way of them and success is the confidence that they can achieve it.

I witness this in my coaching practice. I meet women who are unsure of their roles within the business, and what they, as individuals offer towards the growth and development of their business. It makes me smile because their potential is obvious, to me they are born leaders and born to be successful. Read more


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My husband is often saying to my 12 year old son, “Mum is lucky she loves what she does”. Am I lucky? Yes, I believe I am. I also believe that I created a path that works for me, I experienced something and had to have more. Coaching is my drug and I need it every day!

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The question every business owner has asked me at some point or another is, – “How do I get a mindset for success?”

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all.

Dale Carnegie

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You’re in your office, sitting at your desk, in front of you is a large red button with the words “DO NOT PRESS” plastered over it.

You are now so past your comfort zone you don’t know which way is up. The clock is ticking. Time is running out. Both decisions have repercussions. What do you follow, gut or logic? heart or head?

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