It’s time for another enlightening discussion with one of RBLP’s faculty members in our #MeetTheTeam series! Our guest this week is Elizabeth Pimper, RBLP-T!
Hi Elizabeth! Thanks for chatting with us. Tell us a little about who you are and where you’re from.
Thanks for having me! I am a 20-year Navy veteran who has been trying to figure out the civilian side for the last eight or so years. My family moved a bit as I was growing up since my dad was in radio and we would move market to market, maybe that’s why I enjoyed moving with the Navy? When we retired, we chose Texas as our forever home and that’s where we are now. As far as myself, I am a widow and mother to an amazing teenage son who is my life.
What can you tell us about your education and career background before you started working with RBLP?
Sure! I have a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature and a masters’ in Management with a focus on Public Relations. I earned my Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and my Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), as well as my Scrum Master and Agile Coaching certifications. I spent 20 years serving in the US Navy, starting as enlisted and commissioning around seven years and retiring in 2013. Since then, I have focused my efforts on human resources including – but not limited to – employee relations, training, project management, and other areas. I met with Jason Politte and we discussed the RBLP program, which I agreed was definitely something that I could tie myself to and moved forward from there.
Who is a role model that you’ve interacted with in your life that inspired you toward this career trajectory?
I was always a fan of his work and when I was able to meet Ken Blanchard in person, it was incredibly surreal. I wish I had met him earlier but I didn’t have the opportunity to until 2013 and when I did, it was inspiring. I was newly transitioned from the Navy, at my first civilian position and had an opportunity to attend the ATD 2013 program. I remember reading about the situational leadership model when I was working on my masters’ degree. I had read many of his articles and some of his books and when I got to meet Mr. Blanchard, I was over the moon. He was so kind and welcoming, and spent time talking to me about my background; the following year when I got to interact with him again, much to my surprise, he remembered me. I’ve read every book he has written and applied his situational leadership model as a leader. Because of this, I felt like RBLP’s content was aligned with my values and my leadership style.
What drew you to the role that you’re fulfilling with RBLP as a certification instructor?
When I first learned about RBLP, I felt like it was a natural transition for leaders to add to their tool boxes, helping to improve their team member experience. Starting at the front-line supervisors and building up through senior leaders, the program provides guidance and a process for leaders to continue to support their teams. As a certification instructor, I am able to help leaders of all levels, both with a military background and with a civilian background, to learn the different tools and improve their team’s resiliencies.
In your mind, what is the best definition of “resilience” for those who might be unfamiliar with the program that RBLP offers?
In my mind, the best definition of “resilience” is the ability to bounce back after experiencing challenges. If you are not familiar with the program, know that your involvement in the program will help you consider your interactions with your team members in order to ensure that you and your team members are able to handle challenges and continue to meet requirements.
What are the three most important components, in your opinion, that you try to convey to every team that you train under the RBLP certification program?
The three most important components in this program, in my option, are:
– Respect and trust are vital to the success of your team
– Approach mistakes as unintentional and help your team members grow and develop
– Team learning means collaboration and cooperation; in order for your team to improve in their resilience, they have to work well together and not be in competition
What is one of your own best personal experiences in your career that has influenced or inspired you in your certification training?
As I was growing in the military, when I transitioned from division officer to department head, I had a better view of the team’s contributions to the organization’s success. Knowing that, and knowing that the overall success is the goal and not just the individual department’s success – basically, being successful in a team but the organization is not successful means that the team’s success did not help the organization succeed. Because of this…
In your time as an RBLP instructor, what is one of your best memories working with a client and why?
I love getting to know my clients and being able to help them better connect the content to their lives – personal and professional. I believe that all of the content that we share is equally valid in both parts of your life. I work hard to get to know my clients and when I figure out how best to share examples with them, I feel good about it. Most recently, one of my clients was having a hard time with some of the questions about current experience. I asked the client to consider the question rather than from a work perspective, to consider it from their family. The client previously shared that they were a single parent with multiple children. Using the content we had already covered, the client was better able to connect to the content by linking the lessons to their family. It was a game changer and reinforced my belief that the content was just as appropriate for personal as well as professional environments.
Pivoting a little bit from the program – tell us a little about yourself outside of work! What other activities or hobbies do you love?
I am a mother of one, a teenage son. I love to cook and read. My son and I also enjoy spending time outdoors hiking and enjoying exploring. We also enjoy playing games – card games, as well as doing puzzles and just hanging out. We have a menagerie at home – a cat, a dog, and a guinea pig.
Can you give us a quotation that you feel really inspires you to continue inspiring others?
I’ve not successfully been able to find out who said or wrote this first – but it means so much to me “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
RBLP leadership certifications are about Building Resilient Teams™ that overcome adversity and then can adapt and grow together!