Making A Difference

What customers are saying about GSM

When it comes to team-building activities, there are a lot of different choices out there. As coaches/leaders, we are always looking for ways to have our players experience things off the field that force them to work together towards a common goal. My team has been doing various team-building activities for over 10 years, and this year was the most impressive one I have ever witnessed.

Mike Getka’s SEAL Mindset takes things to the next level. His team-building activities will push each individual past their comfort zone and challenge each person to dig deeper and likely accomplish way more than they ever thought they could. It also seemed like the girls didn’t know they were doing this because they weren’t doing it for themselves, they were doing it for their team. They learned what it was like to be a true teammate, to give everything you have to a cause because you don’t want to let others down.

I tried to sum up what I saw to my parents this way: 30 minutes in as they were working hard, there was some groaning. 60 minutes in, as they were working harder, there was cheering and cries of support. 90 minutes in, as they worked even harder, there was laughter. 2 hours in, having been pushed harder than they ever have before, there was singing.

Mike created this environment for my team. I learned a lot about my team, and they learned a lot about themselves and each other. I know they all respect each other a lot more for all having gone through it. I can’t wait to do it again and would recommend it to any group out there trying to develop a team concept with the right work ethic and attitude.
Matt Tracy, Head Coach
Bolles Varsity Girls Soccer
If you know Mike Getka then you begin to understand his mindset. I've known Mike for 33 years and I've seen his intensity firsthand. The thing about Mike is that he has an incredible talent to motivate people and he's been doing it his entire life. As a younger SEAL I looked up to Mike because of his intensity and sincere passion for the job. But as Mike has gotten older, Mike has effectively transformed that intensity into a measured understanding of how to inspire leadership and team building. The great thing about the Getka SEAL Mindset is that he still holds that spark that inspires and motivates. And, from all his experience as a Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) instructor, he knows how to build leaders to take charge, organize, and work together. I've seen it firsthand, and the mental aspect of the teambuilding might be more important than the physical. Mike is truly a unique personality and skilled leader... Get some GSM!!!
Aric L.
SEAL Team Two Teammate
If you're looking for an exciting team building exercise that will truly bring your team together, Mike has you covered! As someone who's been to military school, I believe that working towards a common goal while suffering together is what truly makes a team tight-knit. So, when it was time for Yellowbird’s quarterly team building exercise, I wanted to do something more physical than the usual basic activities like cooking classes and other things around town.

That's when I had lunch with Mike Gecka, a former Navy Seal, and he offered to lead a mock BUDS training on the beach in Jax Beach. Let me tell you, it was absolutely phenomenal! The best part was coming back to the office and hearing everyone talk about their morning experiences. The feedback was unanimous: this was the best team building event we had ever done!

What I appreciated most was how inclusive the training was. Mike did an amazing job accommodating all fitness levels, from those in great shape to those who were less so. Everyone worked together as a team and by the end, we felt like we had truly bonded. In fact, I even have a picture in my office of all of us linked together on the beach.

I cannot thank Mike enough for this unforgettable experience, and I'm already looking forward to doing it again soon. It truly made a difference in the way we work together and in how we view each other in the office. So, if you're looking for a team building exercise that will have a lasting impact, give Mike a try!
Pat Flynn
Yellowbird Vice President