CO-PODS FAQs

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Overview

  • Who is rarebrain?

    rarebrain has a crystal clear vision:

    “A world where entrepreneurs are set free by empowered teams and self-sustaining companies”

    rarebrain accomplishes this vision with 2 distinct business units:

    Training: Using Co-Pods, rarebrain Institute, LP trains small-business owners and their leadership teams to build scalable self-sustaining companies. Co-Pods are operated by and are a registered trademark of rarebrain Institute.

    Services: rarebrain Capital, LP is a lifecycle advisory + M&A firm helping entrepreneurs build and/or divest companies that are scalable, optimized and salable.

  • What is the rarebrain operating system?

    Built over 2-decades, rarebrain Operating System® (rbOS) a flexible, fun, and human-centered method to build a scalable, self-sustaining small business.

  • What are Co-Pods?

    Co-Pods are live online learning groups that keep entrepreneurs and leadership teams focused, evolving and accountable to building a scalable self-sustaining company. Participants create real change every 2-weeks with group learning, carefully sequenced action paths, company-focused projects and team activities.

  • What is a self-sustaining company?

    Self-sustaining companies are highly valuable assets that can operate without owners and protect the interests of employees, customers and business owners alike.

    Self-Sustaining Businesses:

    ✅ Decrease owner-reliance so owners are free to live as they choose.

    ✅ Turn managers into empowered leaders with fewer headaches

    ✅ Allow employees to work with focus, getting more done with less hassle and fewer resources.

    ✅ Attract and retain customers who love the consistent results and improved service.

    ✅ Give you the ability to maintain, sell or transfer your business on your terms and timeline. Everyone in the company benefits.

  • How long does it take to create a self-sustaining company?

    It takes from 2-3+ years to build a self-sustaining company. While there are no silver bullets or guaranteed results, the rewards along the way are worth it for everyone. See the progress of this company over three years.
    The program is monthly and ongoing. Cancel anytime after your initial commitment.

Benefits

  • Why should I enroll in Co-Pods?

    Co-Pods combine online,live training, carefully sequenced action paths, company-focused projects, team activities supported by helpful tools to help small-businesses transform into self-sustaining companies.

  • What are the benefits of Co-Pods?

    Co-Pods training allows business owners and managers to design and build a scalable company that relies on human-centered systems rather than owner involvement. The transformation allows owners to achieve the freedom they need to pursue their next chapter, while creating a prosperous business and a better work environment for everyone.

  • What kind of results should I expect?

    How each leader we train implements their systems, aligns the team and learns to scale as they reduce owner-reliance is a story unique to them. Owners and teams are guaranteed success only by their effort and determination to transform their company into a scalable self-sustaining company.
    Self-Sustaining Businesses:

    ✅ Decrease owner-reliance so owners are free to live as they choose.

    ✅ Turn managers into empowered leaders with fewer headaches

    ✅ Allow employees to work with focus, getting more done with less hassle and fewer resources.

    ✅ Attract and retain customers who love the consistent results and improved service.

    ✅ Give you the ability to maintain, sell or transfer your business on your terms and timeline. Everyone in the company benefits.

  • What is different about Co-Pods?

    Co-Pods are live online learning groups that teaches business owners and their managers how to make their business scalable, rather than owner dependent. With comprehensive online training, owners and their teams establish goals, timelines, action plans and milestones to transform their business. Supported by a proprietary methodology, tested learning curriculum, implementation tools and support, owners navigate their unique situation to set themselves free while their team enjoys the benefits of clarity, accountability and easier growth.

  • Do I get a certificate?

    Yes. Upon completion of each stage, all participants receive a certificate from the rarebrain institute to highlight new skills and chart their growth and development.

Suitability

  • Who is suitable for a Co-Pod? Do I qualify for a Co-Pod?

    While Co-Pods are designed for small-businesses with 10-200 employees, leaders from larger or smaller companies and startups are welcome to attend.

  • Who’s not right for Co-Pods?

    Co-Pods are NOT suitable for anyone looking for a “quick fix” or some “get rich quick” scheme. Those considering a Co-Pod must be serious enough to make the requisite investment and committment.

  • I’m a business owner, but I really just want my managers to join a Co-Pod.

    While we strongly recommend that entrepreneurs and managers join together, your managers can join a Team Co-Pod.

  • I’m a newer start up. Will a Co-Pod work for me?

    If your company needs better scalable systems or has an owner reliance issue, you will benefit regardless of your company stage. It is best that you have at least 10+ employees in your company.

  • My business is different — will a Co-Pod work for my industry?

    We have worked with a diverse range of companies. You and your team have tremendous domain expertise in your business. Co-Pods provide the training and tools so your hard-won expertise can be leveraged to build a more scalable business. Alternatively, you can also create a Private Co-Pod within your industry. Minimums apply.

  • Does a Co-Pod work if I’m outside of North America?

    Yes. Co-Pods training, collaboration and support is invaluable no matter where you are located provided you are looking to build a scalable self-sustaining company and have s stable internet connection.

  • What type of problems are Co-Pod participants typically facing?

    Here is what we commonly hear:

    Business Owners:
    I feel like the business is on my shoulders.
    I feel trapped in my company.
    I am exhausted by stress and long work hours.
    Cashflow all I think about.
    I am constantly balancing sales with capacity.
    My company has outgrown its systems.
    I am not spending enough time with my family and friends

    Managers:
    ​Our company has outgrown its systems.
    There are not enough hours in the day.
    I am leading without clear action plans & accountabilities
    I am frustrated because things are not getting done right.
    Important details are slipping through the cracks.
    I am having difficulty keeping employees motivated.
    Our growth has plateaued.

Process & Timing

  • Who will be my Co-Pods trainer?

    Your trainer will be a rarebrain institute certified professional and experienced leader with at least 20 years of experience in scaling companies.

  • How many participants are in a Co-Pod?

    Co-Pods can vary widely in size. Training sessions may have a larger cohort, but group exercises are conducted in breakout groups or virtual rooms, ideally sized to stimulate learning.

  • What will I learn in a Co-Pod?

    CoPods equip leaders with techniques and tools they can apply to their own company. Our program curriculum is based on the rarebrain Operating System® (rbOS). Please refer to our program info section for more details.

  • What happens in a Co-Pod?

    Co-Pods minimize the lectures and move straight to action. Practical scenarios and group collaboration stimulate learning and skill-building between instructors, owners and teams. Benefit from a mix of live group sessions, simulations, short online videos, team activities supported by a teaching style that is informal, fun, challenging and rewarding for everyone.

  • How frequent is Co-Pods training?

    Co-Pods commence twice monthly for 90-minute each in most months for a total of 20 sessions annually.

  • How long does a Co-Pods group continue?

    Co-pods are monthly and ongoing. Cancel anytime after your initial commitment. It takes from 2-3+ years to build a self-sustaining company, but the rewards along the way are worth it for everyone. See the progress of this company over three years.

  • What kind of committment is required?

    We suggest that you allocate 1-3 hours a week to review learning materials, conduct company-focused activities. The program is monthly and ongoing. Cancel anytime after your initial commitment. It takes from 2-3+ years to build a self-sustaining company, but the rewards along the way are worth it for everyone. See the progress of this company over three years.

  • What happens if I miss my Co-Pods training, do I have any options?

    If you miss your scheduled Co-Pod training, don’t worry. We will provide you with a recording of the Co-Pod session. You’ll have 30 days to access the missed training and can easily work at your own pace, on your own schedule.

  • What happens if I cant continue in my Co-Pod?

    We understand you have a business to run and are constantly juggling life-and-business priorities. To be fair to all Co-Pod participants, we require a 12-month commitment to join a Co-Pod, if you can’t continue, there are no refunds. You can cancel anytime after your initial commitment.

  • Can I pause my Co-Pod particpiation?

    Pausing your Co-Pod participation is not possible out of fairness for all other Co-Pod participants. You cannot miss more than 3 Co-Pod sessions in any quarter and no more than 8 in a year. We will provide you access to missed Co-Pod recordings to review for 30 days after each absence.

  • Are there minimum participation requirements in a Co-Pod?

    Yes. you are required to maintain minimum participation. You cannot miss more than 3 Co-Pod sessions in any quarter and no more than 8 in any year. We will provide you missed Co-Pod recordings to review for 30 days after each absence. Not maintaining minimum participation will result in suspension and/or expulsion from your Co-Pod group.

  • How does enrollment work?

    New Co-Pods are scheduled as needed to meet demand. First come, first served. Join our next test drive or apply.

Money & Guarantees

  • How much do Co-Pods cost?

    Please refer to our Co-Pods page for pricing.

  • What types of payment do you accept?

    We accept all common credit cards including Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

  • Are there payment options?

    Yes. You can make payments monthly, semi-annually or annually

  • Do you offer refunds?

    You can cancel and get a refund up to 30 days prior to commencement of your scheduled Co-Pod. After that there are no refunds

Sign Up

  • How do I access my Co-Pod and what are the system requirements?

    We use Zoom for live Co-Pods training. We will send you an email with all the details a few days before your Co-Pod begins.

  • How do I apply to join the next Co-Pod ?

    Please click here to apply