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Welcome to the Kitchener Waterloo Action Learning Group Wiki

(What is a Wiki?)


The KW Action Learning Group, founded by local Realtor Benjamin Bach, is comprised of individuals from the Kitchener Waterloo and area business community who are united in their desire to help each other achieve great things. We meet every two weeks to discuss our dreams and ambitions, track our progress towards our goals and to help each other turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.


The next meeting is Thursday, September 7th 8:00-9:00AM at Angies Kitchen in Waterloo.


This Wiki, like the Action Learning Group itself, is a collaborative work in progress. If you're a member of the ALG and want to make some changes, just email Benjamin to get the password.


For in depth personal interviews Benjamin has completed with some of North America's top business minds and visionaries, click here.


Looking for that next business book to read? Check out Ben's BookReviews.


For information on how to join, as well as more information about the group, click here


Expert Opinion on the Power of 'We'


From World Famous Speaker and Author Bob Burg:


What a terrific way to “MasterMind” on an ongoing basis. This kind of voluntary sharing of ideas combined with a genuine desire to see each other succeed can result in enormous levels of success for everyone who participates. Great job. Way to go!!


Bob Burg


Author, “Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts into Sales”


From Napolean Hill's 1937 classic 'Think and Grow Rich':




The "Master Mind" may be defined as: "Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose."


No individual may have great power without availing himself of the "Master Mind." In a preceding chapter, instructions were given for the creation of PLANS for the purpose of translating DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. If you carry out these instructions with PERSISTENCE and intelligence, and use discrimination in the selection of your "Master Mind" group, your objective will have been half-way reached, even before you begin to recognize it.


So you may better understand the "intangible" potentialities of power available to you, through a properly chosen "Master Mind" group, we will here explain the two characteristics of the Master Mind principle, one of which is economic in nature, and the other psychic. The economic feature is obvious. Economic advantages may be created by any person who surrounds himself with the advice, counsel, and personal cooperation of a group of men who are willing to lend him wholehearted aid, in a spirit of PERFECT HARMONY. This form of cooperative alliance has been the basis of nearly every great fortune. Your understanding of this great truth

may definitely determine your financial status.


The psychic phase of the Master Mind principle is much more abstract, much more difficult to comprehend, because it has reference to the spiritual forces with which the human race, as a whole, is not well acquainted. You may catch a significant suggestion from this statement: "No two minds ever come together without, thereby, creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind."


Keep in mind the fact that there are only two known elements in the whole universe, energy and matter. It is a well known fact that matter may be broken down into units of molecules, atoms, and electrons. There are units of matter which may be isolated, separated, and analyzed.


Likewise, there are units of energy. The human mind is a form of energy, a part of it being spiritual in nature. When the minds of two people are

coordinated in a SPIRIT OF HARMONY, the spiritual units of energy of each mind form an affinity, which constitutes the "psychic" phase of the Master Mind.


The Master Mind principle, or rather the economic feature of it, was first called to my attention by Andrew Carnegie, over twenty-five years ago. Discovery of this principle was responsible for the choice of my life's work. He attributed his entire fortune to the POWER he accumulated through this "Master Mind."


Analyze the record of any man who has accumulated a great fortune, and many of those who have accumulated modest fortunes, and you will find that they have either consciously, or unconsciously employed

the "Master Mind" principle.




Phil Gerbyshak of Make It Great! wrote this over at the Synergy Blog:


Unleash the Power of We to Achieve Your Goals


As the first half of 2006 draws to a close, I find myself reviewing my goals for the year:


Publish my first book by 12/31/2006

Write 500 or more blog posts on Make It Great! by 12/31/2006

Read 25 or more books by 12/31/2006

Complete 10 Toastmasters speeches by 12/1/2006


Let's see where I am:


I published my first book as of yesterday, and you can get a copy here

I've written 675 posts as of this writing

I've read 12 books, so I'm on pace to completing this goal

I've got 8 speeches done in Toastmasters


I share this with you to show you that sharing your goals with others can help you achieve them. You can unleash the Power of We by sharing your goals with your closest friends, with total strangers, or both, if you're strong enough to take the risk and share your goals. Having someone else check in with you can help you achieve more than you ever thought possible. The team here at the blog Synergy have been incredibly supportive of all of my efforts.


Think about this: Who can you surround yourself with that can help you achieve GREAT things in the rest of 2006? I wrote an article about an "accountability circle" in March, and it's helped me get to where I am now. Review the article and see if it can help you understand the importance of sharing your goals with others.


If you're not where you want to be yet, don't despair: It's only July 1st. You've still got 6 months to achieve your goals. If you haven't told anyone yet what you're aiming at, make time this week to do so.


If you haven't set any goals for yourself yet, it's time to start now. If you need help setting goals, I use the SMARTER goal setting model and it's been very successful for me, or you can read any of the other blogs about goals here.


So what are you waiting for? Unleash the Power of We and achieve more than you ever thought possible!

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