Your Company Needs a Surging Team
People who work on Surging Teams are happier, healthier, and more productive. As the team leader or company owner, you need your team to surge forward, past all barriers, and on to achieve important company goals–including higher profitability!
Surging Team Leaders Need BOLDskills℠
Our 10 BOLDskills℠ for Accelerated Team Success video training series is designed to teach corporate team leaders and company owners the critical skills needed to create unstoppable Surging Teams inside their company. Surging Teams overcome all obstacles to success, and repeatedly achieve their objectives–on time, and within budget. When Teams Win, Company Profits Follow!
Scott Brennan wants you to win, both in your career and in your personal life.
He is passionate about teaching company owners and team leaders how to develop a group of seemingly ordinary employees, into an unstoppable Surging Team, a team that believes it will always win. He also believes that develop a Surging Team is the most effective way to reliably and repeatedly achieve truly astounding success in an increasingly competitive marketplace, one that demands ever more efficiency in order to achieve company profitability.
Brennan challenges us to consider, “Have you ever been part of a Surging Team? A team that believes it will always win, and then does just that?” He believes that if you’ve ever been part of such a team, that you’ll remember the experience fondly, and for a lifetime. Brennan contends that members of Surging Teams are able to summon a “positive collective spirit”, a spirit that allows the team to surmount all barriers that stand between them and their success objective, and that their competition can’t see or measure this collective spirit and never see them coming. Members of a Surging Team, a team of ordinary people that rally around a BOLD team purpose and experience a powerfully positive collective spirit, will experience less employee turn-over, will not require ever-higher compensation, and will not need more than the minimum number of team members to achieve their goals. Scott believes that everyone longs to be a part of such a team.
The bottom line is that a Surging Team atmosphere increases company profitability by encouraging and using innovative ideas sourced from the team, and dramatically improves the efficiency of each team member, while together they relentlessly and repeatedly achieve critical company goals. If this sounds too good to be true, then Scott recommends that you read his book, “The Surging Team”, or watch his video training series, “10 BOLDskills for Accelerated Team Success” and then decide for yourself.
Developing a Surging Team atmosphere within your company, hinges on team leaders who are committed to increasing the well-being of each team member, and then multiplying their success as part of a Surging Team, a team that believes they’ll always win, and Brennan offers us a methodology. Companies today increasingly require leaders who have the skills to lead their people to successful outcomes, completing projects on time, on budget, and consistently winning contracts and new business. When teams win, company profits follow.
In start-ups, including small- to mid-size companies as well as franchise locations, it is the owner or a top executive who must know how to inspire the team to profitability—before finances or personal resolve run out. In larger corporations and companies, it is the first line and middle managers whose ability to direct a group of employees makes the difference between a team that is just surviving… or a team that is truly thriving.
While there are many books and training courses on leadership, Scott Brennan, a former award-wining corporate executive and successful franchise business owner, found that there was a gap in teaching leaders a set of critical skills to lead their team to reliably repeatable success. Brennan calls such a group of people a “Surging Team” – a team in which each individual member flourishes, reaching new heights of performance. Surging Teams use collaboration to summon the innovative solutions needed to overcome any and all obstacles on the way to unstoppable and repeated success.
To help leaders achieve this, Brennan published his book, The Surging Team, and complementing BOLDskills℠ video series, that form a comprehensive program to teach the 10 BOLDskills℠ for Accelerated Team Success. As Brennan puts it, “The job expectations, market demands, and social needs held by today’s workers require a complex, sensitive, and empowering team environment–and it all hinges on the team leader’s skills. To build a Surging Team, leaders must be BOLD and excel in nurturing their people to summon their talent to the highest levels of functioning in order achieve unstoppable momentum. Their team must feel confident that they’ll always win, and the BOLD team leader makes sure they do.”
Brennan compiled his “10 BOLDskills for Accelerated Team Success” based on his years of experience and observations as a team leader. Working in a division of GE, Brennan was the leader of a “skunk-works” group that originated the Dining Program used by many airlines as a benefit to reward their frequent flyer members. Faced with numerous obstacles, Brennan helped his team innovate the technologies and partnerships needed to launch the program, for which he was awarded the “Chairman’s Challenge Award for Outstanding Intrapreneurship.” After leaving GE, Brennan owned an IT franchise company that he grew to a million dollar business, using innovations to get beyond success barriers that stalled many of his peers, before selling his business for a fair profit. Once again, he led his team of employees to unstoppable success, for which he won multiple national awards including the coveted “Franchise of the Year” award as well as the “Million Dollar Club” award from his franchising company. Less than 4% of all businesses, franchise or independent, achieve over $1 million in annual sales.
The Surging Team book and complementing, innovative video training series are intended for anyone who leads a team or a company of five people or more. Brennan’s company BOLDBreak, Inc. also provides customized and innovative training programs for leaders who want to reliably and repeatedly lead their teams to success.
Our BOLD Success Principle:
“Success follows a predictable course. It’s not the brightest who succeed, or those presented with a perfect opportunity. Success follows those who have been given ordinary opportunities–and who have the presence of mind and the courage to seize them.”
At BOLDbreak, we help leaders seize the opportunity to transform their company into an unstoppable, surging team. Surging teams always achieve their objectives–on time, and within budget. We teach leaders the BOLDskills℠ necessary to create the conditions for an unstoppable, surging team to emerge. Surging teams have higher employee well-being, less turnover, and they always succeed–which translates into greater profitability in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Anyone who has ever been part of a highly effective, unstoppable, surging team will never forget the experience. They become serial winners. We all have a need to work in an environment that engages us, and offers us a noble purpose for which we enthusiastically give our best performances. However, a surging team environment rarely emerges by accident, and many people have never felt the empowered excitement it provides. The good news is that creating a surging team is a repeatable skill which an organization’s leaders can learn to master.
As the BOLD Success Principle above states, a company’s leadership must first have the presence of mind and the courage to seize the opportunity to create a dynamic, surging team atmosphere throughout their organization. Contact us at BOLDbreak and let us help you get started on your company’s accelerated success adventure. Your competition will never see you coming!
“He wasn’t a very good farmer,” my grandmother would often tell me about her own father, “so he was very happy that I married a man who came from a successful farming family, your grandfather.”
My maternal great, great grandparents emigrated from Eastern Europe to homestead in the Dakota Territory in 1862. They came to escape the societal limitations and political dangers they faced, and risked everything to come to America. Both families considered farming an unfamiliar homestead a far superior opportunity than what they left behind, even though they had no knowledge of the geographic area or of the culture they were entering.
They came to their homesteads, towns were built, and the new Americans gathered together to provide support to each other, while individually applying their blood, sweat and tears in a mighty effort to bring forth crops from ground that had never felt a plow. America gave them land and did not persecute them, so they were happy amid their labor.
Some families came from European peasant farming backgrounds and were again successful in producing crops and nurturing cattle. However, this time their abundance could be sold to the American marketplace, and so some families prospered. Other families came from more erudite backgrounds and resolved to simply “learn” how to farm by just getting busy and doing it. Immigrants in the later group did not fare well, unless they had the help of the families who came from farming backgrounds. Together, the former peasant farmers and the former intelligentsia settled the Dakota Territory and intermarried. Anyone who fancied that their erudite background provided them the kind of class distinction they enjoyed in Europe, were quickly cured of this belief. Farming skills were prized, and without them, you starved.
This was the background behind my grandmother’s opening quote.
I’ve had the great privilege of studying computer science and then earning an MBA to further understand how to apply advances in science to create even more thriving businesses. My grandmother and grandfather never used a computer.
We live and work in an age where it takes teams of people, specialized in their knowledge, to deliver the complex products and services that drive America’s world-leading economic engine.
Advances in science have increased crop yields, produced oil from rock, put a computer into the cabs of tractors, and have changed the way farming is done.
But the science behind success remains remarkably familiar. It is the story of how people work together toward a common purpose and become an unstoppable Surging Team. No individual company is guaranteed success. Companies that strive to develop a culture that encourages each of their employees, with their unique talents, to thrive and contribute to a worthy common purpose, are the companies that will create marketplace value and succeed. On successful corporate teams, the computer engineer needs the salesperson, the marketer needs the accountant, and the lawyers need the customer service representatives. When the well-being of each member of the team increases, the results from their efforts are astounding.
In case this sounds like a convenient conclusion, our military has embraced the science behind the critical role that optimism, well-being, and “embracing the strengths of others on our team” plays in achieving predictably successful results.
Convinced by the work of researchers like Dr. Martin Seligman, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, U.S. Army officer promotions are partially based on the officer’s demonstrated ability to increase the well-being scores of the soldiers on the teams they lead. People who feel good about membership on their team far outperform their less-than-happy team rivals. We do far better if we genuinely care about our team members, and know that they in turn care about us.
It is fitting that a century and a half of scientific advances confirm the same dynamics of team success that our pioneer families learned together in their isolated but happy farming communities in the upper Midwest, over 155 years ago.
BOLDbreak has one purpose, and that is to provide team leaders and company owners the tools and training they need, to develop an unstoppable Surging Team, a team that repeatedly succeeds in achieving difficult and important company objectives. When teams win, increased company profitability follows! Contact me today and let’s discuss the actions that you as the team leader or company owner can take, to more effectively use the science behind success.
Until then, Keep Winning!
When the lines between work and social life are blurred, the likelihood of relational dysfunction, substance abuse, or depression among work team members increases. The pressure to be viewed as “always available” can be intense and may result in stress that’s sometimes debilitating. As a manager at several large companies, I saw team members who became unable to cope with their work responsibilities, and in order to protect my team and help the employee, I referred them to our employee assistance program to get help.
When even one member of your office team falls into dysfunction, it impairs the productivity of the entire team. Sometimes the team becomes distracted to the point where they abandon best practices and are unable to solve daily work-related challenges. They enter a time of “team emergency” where some members try to help or protect the affected staff member, while other team members develop distrust or resentment and become angry. Either way, the team leader has to find ways to cope with the chaos created by the physical or mental loss of a key member.
Dr. Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania believes that depression is the most common problem behind the slide of an individual and their work team into dysfunction. His recent research on well-being and happiness suggests that we broaden the definition of “workplace success” to encompass not only high levels of productivity, but also measures of increased well-being among individuals on work teams.
After spending 20 years studying methods to treat depression, Dr. Seligman found that little progress was being made, and he began to study the opposite – what makes people happiest? His work over the past two decades has proven that we can learn to be happier, to increase our well-being, escape depression and dysfunction, and achieve “learned optimism”.
Applying Seligman’s learned optimism or happiness theory to today’s workplace, he proposes that we’re happiest when we live a balanced life – one where we can set aside our work without guilt, and have time to focus exclusively on our families and social lives. It’s interesting that this is the same work-life-balance environment that’s most sought by today’s millennials. They don’t want pets or game rooms, they want to be able to go home. Many corporate environments in today’s economy understand this, and have removed work-life-blurring policies in favor of promoting a “work is for work, then you go home and rest” philosophy.
The younger generation want to be happier, and we can all learn something from them. But it will take more than removing the policies of the past. It will take retraining of some management teams to not only “accommodate” but to “embrace” a balanced-life culture, and help people achieve what Dr. Seligman calls “flourishing.”
A flourishing workplace, must have these features: positive relationships, engagement, meaning, purpose, and optimism. Given how much time we spend at work, striving to achieve a flourishing workplace is a critical component to achieving a life free of debilitating depression. Work teams that succeed in achieving increased measures of well-being, and are able to repeatedly succeed in their objectives, are what I call Surging Teams. Leaders of Surging Teams embrace methods of increasing feelings of well-being among team members, in part by providing them a worthy and common goal (a bold purpose) and then by helping them understand and use their most highly developed character traits to pursue that goal. While most HR practices focus on identifying and correcting weaknesses, Surging Teams focus on identifying and using our strengths as often as possible when we’re working.
People working in today’s “intelligent service economy” will be more creative in performing their work, achieve a higher degree of mental and physical health, and repeatedly experience team success in difficult and complex objectives, if their corporate culture and their team leader embraces a Surging Team philosophy. This is the societal trend we are at the beginning of today, and one that our millennial generation is especially passionate about.
BOLDbreak has one purpose, and that is to provide team leaders and company owners the tools and training they need, to develop an unstoppable Surging Team, a team that repeatedly succeeds in achieving difficult and important company objectives. When teams win, increased company profitability follows! Contact me today and let’s discuss the actions that you as the team leader or company owner can take, to pro-actively reduce incidents of dysfunction among your team.
Until then, Keep Winning!