We’re pleased to bring you another installment in our ongoing #MeetTheTeam series – where we introduce you to the outstanding team of faculty at RBLP. Today we’re speaking with Greg Aguilar, RBLP-T!
Hi Greg! Thanks for chatting with us. Tell us a little about who you are and where you’re from.
I’m thankful to be able to share my story with everyone. My name is Greg Aguilar and I’m from San Antonio, TX. I retired from the US Army last year after serving for 20 years on both the Enlisted and Officer side and I recently started my own consulting business. My wife Michelle is currently serving in the US Army as a Logistics Captain and together we proudly parent four beautiful girls. My hobbies include running, cycling, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and my passion is learning about leadership, team communication, and developing emotional intelligence.
What can you tell us about your education and career background before you started working with RBLP?
Most of my background is within the emergency healthcare and information technology fields. I am a certified project manager through PMI and I also have an MBA with IT Management from Webster University. Additionally, I hold two Bachelor’s degrees in Justice Administration and Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University. Last but not least, I am also a certified trainer and coach with the John Maxwell Team.
Who is a role model that you’ve interacted with in your life that inspired you toward this career trajectory?
My old First Sergeant at my first duty station in Germany. I was a private at the time and I was assigned as his driver and office admin clerk. There is an old saying, that you may not remember everything a person says but you will never forget how they made you feel. This First Sergeant made me feel like I had the potential to be a great leader, he believed in me and took me under his wing. He mentored me and inspired me to become a non-commissioned officer, his actions matched his words, and he was a shining example of how leaders create other leaders.
What drew you to the role that you’re fulfilling with RBLP as a certification instructor?
I’ve witnessed firsthand how valuable and essential having resilient teams is, especially during our current times. Being a certified instructor allows me the unique opportunity to train clients on the how-to and share not only my experience, but hear and learn from theirs as well. I want nothing more than to see the lessons and material within RBLP be implemented in every organization by leaders who truly care and advocate for their team.
In your mind, what is the best definition of “resilience” for those who might be unfamiliar with the program that RBLP offers?
Resilience is being able to take the lessons learned from major setbacks or adversity, and become wiser and more steadfast in accomplishing team goals.
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?
In my opinion, one of the three most important components are empowering decision making which opens the door toward creating trust and a learning environment within the organization. The second is to build new mental models; to me this is the willingness to take on another perspective of ideas and way of thinking and is a major cornerstone toward building resilient teams. The third and last one is to foster knowledge emergence which builds on the second. When leaders can motivate and allow team members to question the status quo, amazing things can emerge. Most of our knowledge and true character comes from failure and having a workplace that provides incentives to creating new ideas from those failures is priceless.
What is one of your own best personal experiences in your career that has influenced or inspired you in your certification training?
One of the best personal experiences in my military career was being a combat medical instructor and being able to share my knowledge and firsthand experience with new medics entering the Army. One day their medical skills will be tested on the battlefield and be called upon to save someone’s life; I don’t think there can be any higher calling. To be able to see their skills and confidence evolve was something I’ll always cherish. That experience also showed me how critical it was to connect with students, understand how some of them learn differently from others and how important it was to adjust my approach.
In your time as an RBLP instructor, what is one of your best memories of a training program that you’ve accomplished with a company and why?
My last client was having issues with management and their company’s HR department and it was amazing to see how relevant the lessons were to resolving and improving their situation, almost in real time. As we covered each session together, they were able to use the leader tasks and see a clear path toward creating a positive change not only for themselves but for their organization as a whole.
Pivoting a little bit from the program – tell us a little about yourself outside of work! What other activities or hobbies do you love?
Needless to say my tribe of girls keeps me busy, but we managed to find something we all find fun and can do three times a week. We all started doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the beginning of July – except my two-year-old, of course – and we are having a blast learning it. When I’m not getting choked and arm barred like a mannequin, I really enjoy outdoor running and indoor cycling. We purchased a Peloton bike at the beginning of this year, and it’s absolutely worth every penny. I usually try to run one half-marathon each year but with COVID-19 all events have been cancelled until next year. If anything, I’ll just run 13.1 miles on my own at home!
Can you give us a quotation that you feel really inspires you to continue inspiring others?
Being a huge John Maxwell fan and team member, a quote that really inspires is “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” Not only is it true for the workplace, it’s also true at home and with your children. Everyone needs to show and receive leadership. There will be times in our lives where we will be called to perform and make leadership decisions. If you look all through history, in every great and even tragic event, there is always a leader solely responsible and leading the way forward… or backward.
RBLP leadership certifications are about Building Resilient Teams™ that overcome adversity and then can adapt and grow together!