Adapt + Overcome

Adapt + Overcome

An enduring military mantra is “Adapt and Overcome.” This is a rallying cry for unforeseen challenges and life’s curve balls, and a reminder that dire circumstances will not defeat us. In the face of a global pandemic, we are in a new battle, and healthcare workers are the new frontline heroes. To help them adapt and overcome this challenge, we’ve assembled our own rapid response force of veterans who have been in the fray, and who have practical advice to share with those at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.

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February 4, 2021 18 min
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Brian Nelson, a retired Army Major and combat veteran, served as Deputy Director, Joint Services for the Washington National Guard Special Ops, and Operations Officer of Task Force Dagger in Afghanistan. A Russian-speaking Intelligence Officer, with a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership, Brian was early the early adopter of resilience training in the military, and he later founded Grit360, a consulting firm for mental skill...

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April 30, 2020 13 min

From national security to emergency Ebola response, Fombah Sirleaf shares his First Fundamental for moving through uncertainty. A former Health Physics technician at U Penn, as well as an international military veteran, Fombah is a West Point graduate and served as an Operations and Training officer for the Armed Forces of Liberia, Security Analyst for the transitional government, and Principle Advisor to the President of the Repub...

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April 22, 2020 17 min

Hello, darkness, my old friend…” is the first thing Chris Schmitt hears in his head of when faced with overwhelming challenges.

Chris is no stranger to ambiguity, as a US Army Green Beret who led teams in relentless environments in Afghanistan, the Sahara/Niger, Western Europe, and the Balkans. He advised the President of Mali in counter-terrorism infrastructure and directed friendly forces in uncertain combat environments.

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April 16, 2020 26 min

Jan Rutherford is a former Green Beret medic, founder of Self-Reliant Leadership, wilderness expedition leader, and author of the book, The Littlest Green Beret.

Jan’s expertise in grit and resilience come from the business world, the military and academia; but his philosophy is from a confluence of Sparta’s discipline, Socrates’ self-awareness, Aristotle’s courage, Emerson’s self-reliance, and Thoreau’s reflective seclusion.

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April 16, 2020 20 min

When chaos reins, it's time to call in Cookie RN (aka Darlene Wilson) -- that's where she shines! It's no surprise, after being one of the earliest women graduates from West Point,  a Army helicopter pilot and combat veteran, an ER Registered Nurse, and a Clinical Instructor at University of Texas School of Nursing.

Cookie was one of the very first nurses to raises her hand and travel to NYC for an assignment at Elmhurst...

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