Take Flight Learning’s clients include two-thirds of the Fortune 100
Take Flight Learning offers a variety of training programs ranging from fun team building activities (including programs that not only build teamwork, but also give back to the community) to development programs to help team and organizations improve their culture through building more effective working relationships.
“Our signature program, Taking Flight with DISC, helps individuals focus on understanding personality styles and they learn how to adapt behaviors to build stronger relationships. The program also helps people become better leaders, improve organizational results and assists individuals in managing their careers,” says co-founder Jeff Backal.
“This program has been experienced by more than 20,000 participants and has been described as the most interactive and impactful DISC training program ever created. We have truly reinvented how people can learn about themselves and others and turn that insight into stronger relationships and better results,” adds co-founder Merrick Rosenberg.
“We are in the process of creating an international franchise model for our signature training program, “Taking Flight with DISC,” Backal adds.
Backal and Rosenberg conceived their organization while they were MBA students at Drexel and Take Flight was born in 1991 as Team Builders Plus.
The firm has clients in virtually every industry ranging from small business to two-thirds of the current Fortune 100, including Boeing Company, Haier America, TD Bank, GE Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, The Philadelphia Eagles, and staff of the White House.
In fact, the company has worked with clients in almost every state as well as with firms in England, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, Dubai, Malta, and Malaysia.
The company, which now has 15 employees, has been recognized with numerous awards, including Best Places to Work in NJ & Philadelphia area, NJ Business of the Year, Fastest Growing Company in NJ & Philly area, HR Consultant of the Year, Drexel Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year and South Jersey.
Rosenberg’s book, Taking Flight!, has been published in seven languages, distributed, and sold throughout the world.
“Through our Wheels for the World team building program we have donated more than ten thousand new bikes to underprivileged children.”
For all of these reasons, Take Flight is this month’s SNJBP Impact Award winner.
Asked how the firm measures success, Backal says, “When you walk into a client organization following a rollout of our programs, you can sense and feel the positive impact and improved teamwork. If you look at the data, you will notice changes such as a decrease in turnover, heightened customer retention and increased sales.”
And commenting on goals yet to be achieved, Backal adds, “My partner, Merrick Rosenberg recently released his second book, The Chameleon. This book has 22 entertaining fables based on challenges faced by the various personality styles accompanied by lessons to overcome these challenges. My goal is to help drive the sales of his book to become a NY Times Bestseller. This will not only increase awareness of our brand, but also have a positive impact on the readers.”
Asked about the accomplishment of which the organization is most proud, Rosenberg says he is proud that “our organization was honored as the Best Place to Work several times. Within Take Flight Learning, we do our best to practice what we preach. We work hard, but also have fun. We have a culture in which we enjoy working together. This is an award that is voted on by my employees and I am very proud to be a part of such a great culture.”
As for the future, Backal says, “Our growth strategy for the future is to grow our distribution model in the US and abroad. We are certifying trainers in companies so they can deliver our training programs. We are also building a network of affiliates in the US and franchises in other countries.”
Pictured: Jeff Backal, Take Flight Learning at the DVBLA powered by SNJBP Speaker Series Roundtable pictured with Ernest DelDuke, Jon Runyan, Ed Hutchinson and Pnina Mintz, PhD