Training Into the Unthinkable

“Breaking News: Mass Shooting.” It’s becoming an all too familiar headline. Whether it’s at a school, an office building, or a mall, it can feel like nowhere is safe. In addition to the obvious and immediate fear of personal safety, there’s a deeper fear that stays with you beyond the headline… the fear of the unknown. “What if” it happens when I’m at the movies with my family? “What if” that happened at my child’s school? “What if” that happened at my workplace?

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Rachel Parker
De-Conflicting the Burden of Leadership at Muster 002

Two months ago, I went to Echelon Front’s Muster 002 in New York City. I could tell you that it was a 2-day leadership conference led by Jocko Willinck and Leif Babin, two Navy SEALs who made up the leadership of Task Unit Bruiser which saw some of the most violent action in Ramadi, Iraq. The company (Echelon Front), the book Extreme Ownership, the Jocko podcast, and the MUSTER 002 are all avenues to teach the practical leadership skills gained from those combat experiences.

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Rachel Parker
Write It Down

I was reminded yesterday by Jim Thomas during a sales training the importance of writing down your goals, your motivation, and the things that drive you. I’m not good with moderation, however. So instead of writing it down in a notebook, I had to contract a sign company to write it on the walls of our training rooms.

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Rachel Parker
Student Stories - Mike Erdely

In November 2012, I realized I was drinking too much. I was almost 300 pounds, had nothing in my life outside of work and watching TV, and I was looking 40 right in the face.  I decided to make a change.

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Rachel Parker
Student Stories - Kevin Reilly

I’ve spent my entire life around exercise & sports.  As I have aged, I have found it more and more difficult to find the means and motivation to exercise.  Some joint issues have greatly added to that difficulty.

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Rachel Parker
5 Myths About Active Shooters - Debunked

A natural response to a scary, chaotic situation is to try to make sense of it. In the instance of an Active Shooter event, most people start with the shooter. Here are 5 common myths you’ve probably heard before – and the truths to help you prepare for and stay safe in the event of an Active Shooter situation.

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Rachel Parker