Master Minding Your Destiny with Bock’s Office
In the early 1900s, steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie tapped author Napoleon Hill to study the characteristics of their era’s most successful people. Published in 1937 during the Great Depression, “Think And Grow Rich,” details Hill’s findings and sets forth 13 principles for personal achievement, as well as Hill’s definition of the Master Mind concept.
“[It is] the coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.”
Hill asserted “no two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.”
Local entrepreneur Jodee Bock puts this theory to the test, facilitating Master Mind groups in Fargo Moorhead which are based on a shared study of Hill’s book.
“We study it now because those principals don’t change,” says Bock. “We’re amazingly similar in our current economic times to those who lived the Great Depression. The people who were very successful made it in spite of those conditions. We can complain about the economy or we can do something about it.”
Bock’s passion is contagious as she talks about her fellow Master Minders.
“The people in these Master Mind groups are so inspired to do something different,” she says. “They want to be with people who think like they do. I don’t know how it’s happening but it is.”
A group of Bock’s Master Mind participants recently collaborated to share their inspiring stories in a book titled “Inviting Dialogue,” which also happens to be the name Bock gives to her personal genius.
“The co-authors of the book are diversity at its best,” says Bock. “There are entrepreneurs, corporate professionals, creatives, an educator, software engineers, a cranial sacral healer and a couple of married mediums. It’s fun to see individuals really grow in their thinking and change their minds about things, supporting each other, dreaming big and having goals.”
Although it is serving her well in her current career, there was a time when Bock’s gift of inviting dialogue didn’t feel like an asset.
“I worked for several organizations where I was like a pinball,” she says. “I kicked around in a box that was my job description, not knowing what was wrong because I didn’t fit. I would blame them because they didn’t get me. I bounced from job to job, becoming increasingly frustrated. One day a boss told me: ‘What you do, Jodee, is touchy feely crap that makes me puke.’ That was when I had to really examine things. It occurred to me that I was the only thing my bad situations had in common.”
Bock began her career as a newspaper editor, spent 12 years in corporate communications, worked with a training and development company, and consulted for a not-for-profit organization. In 2003, she attended Landmark Education’s Curriculum for Living, which she credits with opening her eyes to all the possibilities in her life.
In 2005 she launched Bock’s Office Transformational Consulting, where she lives by her creed, “Awareness + Artful Action = Transformation.” As part of her life mission of lifelong learning, she attended Bob Proctor’s LifeSuccess Consultants’ Certification Training in 2007 and 2008, where she was trained in Master Mind facilitation.
In the fall of 2007, Bock started her first Master Mind group. Groups typically consist 10 people meeting for 10 weeks to study “Think And Grow Rich,” after which some participants continue on to study other texts and philosophies of success.
At last count, more than 220 people have participated in groups facilitated through Bock’s Office. Bock is quick to point out this is not a book club.
“The book is the foundation of the dialogue but what’s most important is what we do with what we’re learning,” she explains. “Each chapter has a different theme, such as faith, persistence, desire… There’s a spiritual dimension that isn’t blatant. The successful people of the late 1800s had something in common; there was some foundation. This is a history book.”
Bock tells the story of one Master Minder who wasn’t truly open to idea of discussing the themes of the book in a group setting. Bock says the changes that occurred in her life after she started sharing her goals with the group were too positive to be coincidental. Bock knew she had to share the story with a wider audience, which bore the idea of the book “Inviting Dialogue.”
“All the authors invested in the project,” says Bock. “Everybody has a story; some people just don’t believe their story is something somebody else would want to hear. But it is! Everybody’s story is great. They just need some encouragement to share.”
Bock talks about the July book launch party like a proud mother. “It was fun for me to see people signing their autographs,” she beams. “It was so cool to see them fly.”
Bock is the author of another book titled “The 100% Factor” and is a contributor to the book “Don’t Miss Your Boat.”
“It has recently occurred to me that in big corporate America, perhaps you sacrifice your soul for the 401K and pension and benefits,” Bock says. “Then the company can say, ‘I don’t want your soul; I just want your work.’ What I want to do in the world is wake that up. However, that’s not welcome in many places. That’s why I have to find the niches, the Master Minds, and give an outlet to those people.”
Bock refers to those people as her “freaks.”
“One of my favorite authors, Tom Peters, calls people who think differently than you do freaks,” she explains. “I’m looking for my freaks. I am freaky; I rock the boat. Without knowing what I was doing, I made it difficult for people in my workplaces. I used to push dialogue and ask too many questions and didn’t know it was too much. I learned from a genius workshop that I need to be aware so I can let my genius come out instead of forcing it on people. I realized there’s something to who I
am that can allow me to be effective in my work instead of disturbing.”
In other words: “Freaks need to support each other in our freakiness.”
Bock has found no shortage of like-minded thinkers.
“We have an amazing community,” Bock asserts. “I’m starting to understand you can attract everything you need wherever you are if you are just willing to look for it or be it. I don’t have to look for them anymore. I can just stand up for what I believe in. People are looking for leaders they can believe in and help them believe in themselves. You just have to be willing to take a stand.”
Authors of “Inviting Dialogue” include Jodee Bock, Bruce Brodsho, Jenni Day, Becki Jehs, Brenda Levos, Sylvia Lunski, Carol Meehan, Troy and Chanda Parkinson, Gina Sandgren, Jeff Voorhees, Steve Walsh and Sheri Woxland. Books are available at www.invitingdialogue.com. To learn more about Master Mind groups, contact Bock at [email protected]