People often make excuses for why they have found the right group to connect with, or the right person in their life, or why their military transition wasn't successful. Chris Schmitt discusses the reasons why people struggle and identifies ways for you to connect.
Chris Schmitt recently retired from 30 years of service as a United States Army Special Forces “Green Beret.” During the past three decades, Chris has gained extensive experience commanding, planning and executing special operations missions around the world. Through facilitating the success of Partner Nation leaders, both General Officers and Government Leaders, in Afghanistan, Europe, Northwest Africa and Canada, he learned that we excel when we all work together. His career allowed him to serve as a mentor, trainer and coach both in combat and uncertain environments at the strategic, operational and tactical level in Afghanistan, the Sahara and the Balkans.
Holding a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Central Washington University, a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and pursuing Executive Certification for Coaching from Columbia University, Chris is uniquely qualified to executive coach, conduct cross-cultural mentoring, facilitate self-discovery, and assist others to attain success. Inspiring high achievers to achieve heroic aspirations is his purpose as he works to become a corporate “Green Beret.”
Since retirement, Chris has conducted face-to-face coaching and advising with leaders from Fortune 500 Companies like Starbucks, Hudson Bay Company, Nike, Intel, Western Union, and Costco Wholesale. He has facilitated leadership workshops and led non-traditional, adventure-based, outdoor, leadership development. Chris founded the Azimuth Consulting Group, teaches in the MBA Program at City University in Seattle, and remains connected to the U.S. Special Operations Community through special projects. Mastering his own transition, he is passionate about support to the Veteran Community and serves as the Chapter Captain for the Seattle Chapter of Team Red, White and Blue. In turn, Team Red, White and Blue is supporting his development as a Team RWB Eagle Leadership Fellow.
Christopher is a certified Birkman Method coach and possess a US Government Top Secret clearance. Regularly, Christopher, Kristina, and their two children can be found hiking, biking, skiing and kayaking the mountains, logging roads and rivers near their home in the Snoqualmie Valley, Washington.
In this episode he joins Robert Gowin, Alejandra Gill, and Scott Johnson to talk about finding your true north.
Robert is a retired US Army Armor and Recruiter/Retention MSG turned Fortune 50 executive; Scott Johnson is a former British Army Engineer and EOD NCO; Alejandra Gill ("AJ") is a Security Forces NCO in the USAF.
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