On this evening … all I want to say is, from my home to yours … thank you for loving this wonderful country and our fabulous citizens!
FYI, this photo taken by a Navy veteran from my living room waiting while I was on the phone helping a new Marine family whose child is leaving tomorrow for boot camp. Something I’ve been through … twice.
We are truly ALL in this together.
Love of country.
Love of family.
I truly care about you, your family and our country. If you have someone you love going into the military or through a career transition to civilian life, it can tough. Please feel free to reach out to me and I’ll do my best to be of insight, value, support or encouragement. No charge. Just authentically caring and sharing what I have learned as a military family.
With love, we unite!
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Thank you Italy! Over the past several months I’ve been honored and happy to work in Italy! Due to Covid it has all been remote but I am optimistic and looking forward to working in-person with my new Italian colleagues.
All of this has been possible thanks to my stellar colleague and friend Richard Hotchner. A big shout-out of gratitude for Rick!
Here’s a peek at some of the work …
Abitudini Per Una Maggiore Produttivita = Habits For Higher Productivity
I taught “Habits for Higher Productivity” to students at Free Mind Foundry Academy in Catania, Sicily. It was a productive learning environment and fun cultural exchange. Thankfully all the students spoke fluent English!
We took an authentic look at habits that HURT Project Managment productivity including:
* blaming others and not taking responsibility * lazy (lazy or is it really fear, depression or self-sabotage?!) * imposter syndrome * negative mindset * lack of loyalty * overly sensitive to comments and criticism * judgmental * react vs respond * procrastinate and miss deadlines
And… then we took POSITIVE STEPS for healthy habits for increased productivity:
* deeper self-awareness and self-accountability * tips on transforming a negative into a positive * healthy habits to ensure productive professional and personal outcomes
Fun and meaningful conversations create positive learning experiences and outcomes!
Project Management Institute in Southern Italy
Rick and I co-taught “Empower Your Soft Skills, Gain Your Hard Power”
Please meet Rick Hotchner! He uses examples of the leadership skills he honed after retiring from the CIA in 2018 as a member of the Senior Intelligence Service after 28 years of service in the Directorate of Operations. He served as a Deputy Chief of global counterterrorism operations in the CounterTerrorism Mission Center, and was the senior deputy of a national, strategic program with a billion-dollar budget and thousands of personnel. I personally always find Rick to be authentically caring, approachable, empathetic and an excellent listener. He is a leader I respect, trust and am honored to work alongside.
Course Objectives: Build your own path. Communicate effectively. Deal with complex situations.
SOFT SKILLS = emotional intelligence, advanced communication and working toward self-mastery.
I share my academic education in cognitive, social and behavioral studies with real-life examples of successes and failures and their consequences and valuable lessons learned.
HARD POWER = servant leadership that is inclusive, inspiring, decisive, empathic, powerful and productive.
A special thanks to Vincenzo Vitiello e Davide Maniscalco for these two interviews in Italy.
AFECA – Capitolo di Roma: Interview Questions – 1st Round
Rick, In assessing the challenge of Islamist terrorism and the need to build capacity to counter it, how important for strategic success is the counter-ideology component?
Rick, will you please talk about your approach to leading officers and teams working the counterterrorism mission?
Abigail, in addition to being a mother of two United States Marines, you work with the U.S. military and in the corporate environment to develop individual skill sets and team culture. Will you please discuss how you see the role of soft skills as it applies to both the military and the workplace?
Abigail, are there any take-aways you can share from your work that illustrate how leaders can leverage soft skills to enable and empower their teams to achieve mission success?
AFECA – Capitolo di Roma: Interview Questions – 2nd Round
Rick, could you give us a sense of how your leadership philosophy worked in practice?
Rick, what soft skills did you need to be a successful leader at the Agency?Can you give us a few anecdotes?
Abigail, could we talk, also for the pandemic and its consequences, about PTS? And how is it possible to cope with such an extensive, deep discomfort that, from the beginning of 2020 until today, still does not see a reassuring light at the end of the tunnel?
Abigail, is it already possible to define and identify post-pandemic behavioral categories for different types of individuals, especially in the professional field, and where the answer is affirmative, what are the approaches adopted in this regard?
Abigail, can you give us your overview on how these two concepts (soft skills and hard power) are combined in social life and how these toolboxes are used in your professional activity, especially in working with national security agencies?
Sorry for the awful video quality! The message is more important than my ego wanting it to look perfect. 🙂 An impromptu 25 second talk at Martin Luther King Jr’s church when asked “What life message would you like to share with these school children?”
Fun Fact – This is from Martin Luther King Jr’s church in Montgomery, Alabama.
I share the most recent podcasts, people and updates to be of value, encouragement and to create a community of leaders and inspirers.
I am confident you will find nuggets of insights and inspiration from people I’m lucky to call colleagues and friends.
Please meet RJ, Dr. Carlos, Jon, Chachi, Kristen, Jim and Jan!
RJ Hively – mental skills & empowerment coach
This retired pro-baseball player is truly a fabulous human being! A candid conversation on authentically connecting with others, growth mindset, limiting personal beliefs and making a positive difference in others lives.
Author, Professor and expert in Criminal Psychology & Social Psychology, Dr. Carlos and I chat about Cognitive Restructuring. A 20 minute look at reducing negative thinking and stress. What has held you back in the past, could be holding you back from moving successfully into your future. Internal dialogue. Grooming. Gaslighting. Kindness.
Not to be outdone by a Navy SEAL … meet the effervescent,
Tim “Chachi” Pachasa, Chief Master Sergeant (ret)
CAPE Lead business owner, loving dad and husband, and venturing into movie making. Please share our authentic laughs and bantering between friends and learn from one of the best, Tim Pachasa on leadership, finding your oxygen and grilling!
I am grateful to the talented and financially savvy Kristen Deevy. She hosted two webinars, obtained sponsors and retained me as the speaker. We focused on healthy habits for happy and productive personal and professional lives.
Leaders like Kristen, bring people together and create positive content.
1st webinar = Workspace Wellness: Out of the Office & Into the Home
2nd webinar = Workspace Wellness: 2021 Resolutions: Will You Ruminate & React OR Remember & Respond
A previously shared The Leadership Podcast #156, “Helping Others Take Personal Responsibility” with leadership experts, inspiring business mentors and authentically caring guys who IP greatly appreciate …
Jim Vaselopulous and Jan Rutherford
Please see our February 5, 2020 newsletter for more details or listen in here!