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Grazie to Italy!

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!

Lorenzo Vetrano | Project Manager Instructor and 12 students

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

Abbreviated Questions:

  • 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

Abbreviated Questions:

  • 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?

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May you shine.

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.

May we ALL shine!

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Ready-Aim-Fire

It’s official …

Our Veteran workshop is now being offered monthly by the national Wounded Warrior Project!

The Healing & Empowerment through Marksmanship workshop is a new approach to building Resilience, Growth and Personal Empowerment.

Co-taught with Paul Peng, an Army Military Police Veteran and security operations and shooting expert.

We help warriors and their families…

Turn down acute stress response

Engage self-regulation techniques

Cease internal negative thoughts

Achieve positive life outcomes

This workshop is FREE to all Wounded Warrior Project alumni!

Virtual or in-person … we change lives!


In addition to our Veteran workshop, we offer customized workshops and programs for corporate, CEO leadership, military and non-profits.

Please contact us for more information or to register for an upcoming event.

We move forward together!

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Podcasts, People and Updates!

You are important to me!

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. 

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Dr. Carlos Vazquez of Crime Network 

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. 


They make movies out of these kind of stellar guys …. please meet,

Jon Macaskill
Navy SEAL Commander (ret) turned Mindfulness Expert

Join us in our conversation on “Mindfully Retrain Your Brain”


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!

Kevin, Abigail & Chachi

Kristen Deevy of Pensionmark Financial Group

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!


I’m honored to know you and these fine folks. 

Please reach out if you would like more information on these inspiring leaders and if you would like to bring this type of content to your organization. 

Together, we make a powerful and positive difference in the world!

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The D.U.T. Games

Giving a shout-out of support for D.U.T. Games on Saturday, March 27, 11:00am – 2:00pm MST that is benefiting the Warrior Bonfire Program, a Veteran non-profit serving Purple Heart recipients.

Warrior Bonfire Program provides opportunities that improve the lives of enemy combat-wounded veterans—Purple Heart recipients—on their lifelong journey of recovery and healing. Your donations create activity-based, stress-free environments that promote camaraderie and therapeutic healing.

Foster Healing.


Build Support Communities.


Transform Lives.

The D.U.T. (Daily Ultimate Training) Games is a non-profit event to raise money for their non-profit partners. $20 requested donation for athletes and spectators. Registration is not necessary for spectators.

For more information about the games please contact UFC Gym Lone Tree, 7824 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree, CO 80124 at (303) 925-0269.

If you have a Veterans event coming up, please let us know and we will be happy to share with our network!

“We would love to work with you! We offer customized workshops and programs for your corporate, CEO Leadership, military and non-profit organizations.”

Abigail

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Wounded Warriors Project Workshop

Introducing a new way to gain personal empowerment! Grateful to Wounded Warrior Project and their alumni who joined Paul Peng and me for “A Resilient Mind: Healing & Empowering through Gun Therapy”

40 of us from across the country came together to share our wounds, face our fears, and learn “ready-aim-fire” self-empowerment based on shooting techniques and mental wellbeing skills. Attendees hit the bullseye by building personal power over their past and control over their future. 

When Covid restrictions are lifted, we will add option of in-person shooting to this workshop. The two important reminders of this works are to not isolate and be cut off from others. We need community and connection. And to get a good hit of dopamine. We feel this “happy” sensation when we overcome a challenge, try something new, accomplish a goal, etc. Therapy like this is fun!

Paul brings his first-hand experiences and authentic stories from being a military police veteran and owner of Sentri Institue, a firearms and security training company.

If you are a Wounded Warrior Project alumni, please sign up for our next on-line (FREE to you) workshop on March 6th. https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/wwp-registration

Not a WWP alumni? Let’s chat about bringing this innovative workshop to your organization.

No matter what, keep moving forward! If you ever feel stuck…contact me, I can help!

#veterans #healing #purplethreads #guntherapy #empowerment

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On the rise.

Domestic Abuse & Child Abuse are on the rise during COVID-19. Please reach out to each other to check in. Abuse happens when one person seeks power & control over someone else typically through isolation and unworthiness brainwashing.


* The more you know, the more you can spot it for yourself and others.

* The more you recognize it, the more you can help be the solution.

* I care about you. You are not alone. UNITY.

* I’ve been through both childhood abuse and domestic abuse. There is a way out and a truly beautiful life on the other side. OPTIMISM.

More information on understanding abuse can be found on this website under the “About” tab.

Or contact me personally and I’ll happily help you find a local resource for yourself or for someone you care about. Everyone deserves safety and love. And…that includes you!

Book on Domestic Abuse by Colorado woman. https://www.9news.com/mobile/article/life/domestic-abuse-book/73-b210f1a9-2960-4db4-8d4e-62140c769415

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What if COVID-19 is a test of…

What if COVID-19 is a test of your…

values,

resolve,

and most of all….your character.

We all have had a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings during this world-wide experience. It’s okay if at times it has stressed you out with challenges. And, at times you’ve stumbled.

Here’s the key…give yourself grace & space and then stand back up.

Live in alignment with your values.

Double down on your resolve.

Let your character shine through to inspire others.

I believe in you and your ability.

I want you to believe in me and my ability.

Unity. Optimism.

Together, we got this!

Contact me on how we can support each other and help others.

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What Horses Taught Me Today

These horses and singing birds stopped me in my tracks today. Before seeing them, I was in my own little rollercoaster world due to COVID-19. They caught my attention and helped me realize I was focused on my stress and fear. I was grateful for the reminder so captured this video and as it turns out, I thought about them the rest of my run. Here’s what they helped me realize.

Being in social isolation, it’s easy to feel alone…even if you are with others. Feeling alone, we can feel scared and unsafe, especially for someone who’s been through any kind of past trauma.

* First step is recognizing the subconscious connection of feeling alone triggering feelings of stress and fear. THINK.

* Second step is consciously re-thinking and saying to ourselves “Being alone builds my inner-strength. I am safe.” SAY.

* Third step is being in nature’s sanctuary and exercising. For me, elevating my heart during trail running works out my stress, reminds me of my personal power, and that there is always goodness to be found in the world. DO.

What steps will you Think, Say, Do today…for betterment of yourself and those you lead?

What additional support in pro-actively facing stress, fear and uncertainty?

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Friday Night Thoughts

As another weekend approaches, I find myself struggling during this time of COVID-19 isolation. I know others are too.

  • It can feel so damn discouraging.
  • So lonely.
  • So hopelessly out of our control.

I found this video and it felt helpful to me. I hope it is for you too. It’s short. It’s worth the watch.

Whatever you’re feeling…it’s okay. It’s to be expected.

Please know you aren’t alone…I care about you.

I find taking the inward focus off of my concerns and worries actually helps lower my stress by focusing on how I can be of help and kindness to others.
Maybe you’ll want to try reaching out once a day to one new person in your network or community …

  • A single person who works and lives alone and might be getting big-time cabin fever.
  • Families who are smothering each other with 24/7 contact.
  • First Responders & Medical who are our brave front-line and yet scared for their own health.
  • An elderly or immune compromised neighbor.
  • A small business owner who’s facing losing their dream of being self-employed and bigger fear of financially hurting the staff they have grown to love as family.
  • A friend who fights anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts.
  • A co-worker who’s always strong for everyone else and weak at self-care.

By reaching out to others we build bridges of connection. Relationships of real meaning. With those…we are never alone. There is love. And where there is love…there is hope.

We got this. Let’s help each other!

Helpful Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPbt0bpeOns