Meet the Team: Interview with Rosette Obedoza, RBLP-T

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It’s time for our latest Q&A from RBLP’s wonderful group of staff and instructors; today’s profile comes from overseas, please meet Rosette Obedoza, RBLP-T!

Rosette Obedoza and spouseHi Rosette! Thanks for chatting with us. Tell us a little about who you are and where you’re from.

Thanks for having me for this interview. My name is Rosette Obedoza, a Remote Workforce Development Specialist, and Intercultural Career Strategist leveraging more than 18 years of exemplary work in the Education, Training, and Coaching Industries. In addition to being a Navy Spouse, I am also an author and an entrepreneur with a heart-centered vision of inspiring women to thrive, craft a values-centric life, and develop sustainable sources of income. I was born in the Philippines but consider both California, USA and British Columbia (Vancouver), Canada as home.

What can you tell us about your education and career background before you started working with RBLP?

Great question! As previously mentioned, I am a military spouse and the majority of my spouse’s assignments were all overseas, which can be viewed as a huge employment and education challenge for most accompanying spouses. Nonetheless, I was able to nurture a career in Higher Education, Training and Development, Early Childhood Programming, Consulting, Speaking, Publishing, and I even had my first experience of small business ownership in 2012, when I owned and managed a brick-and-mortar preschool while stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Recently, I started serving as the Global Employment Advisor, East Asia Pacific South Region for the Family Liaison Office (FLO) of the State Department when my husband received his military orders for the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Through the years, I have been able to diversify my career portfolio working for the government sector, private organizations, nonprofit companies, and even working for myself while utilizing my graduate degrees in Human Relations, and Workforce Education and Development from The University of Oklahoma and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, respectively. I am a huge believer in lifelong learning and I am constantly on the lookout for professional development opportunities which brought me to RBLP!

Who is a role model that you’ve interacted with in your life that inspired you toward this career trajectory?

My role model who made a significant impact in my career decisions was my Auntie Mila, my father’s only sister. While she was not an accompanying spouse like myself she taught me how to persevere, stay creative, and never take “no” for an answer. Moreover, she showed me how to recover quickly in facing life’s challenges – a pivotal lesson in resilience for anyone who relocates every two to three years.

What drew you to the role that you’re fulfilling with RBLP as a certification instructor?

I first heard of RBLP from a new graduate of the RBLP-T program in one of the Facebook groups I belong to. The post caught my curiosity and I literally “stalked” Dr. Gene Coughlin and Jason Politte on LinkedIn to request for more information about RBLP.

As I went through the certification preparation, I was able to ‘connect the dots’ between what I have done in the past with my desire to have a deeper understanding of RBLP as an employee and business owner. Eventually, I joined as one of the Certification Instructors because I saw first-hand the importance of building resilient teams in any type of organization and industry, particularly in remote work environments – which is my area of expertise.

As a State Department FLO Global Employment Advisor (GEA) – working directly with the unique employment needs and hurdles of accompanying spouses and being one myself – what resonated to me the most during my RBLP certification preparation is the quote by the late Dr. Wayne Dyer: ”If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Change is a consistent factor, and this is something I was able to successfully adapt in every duty station wherever my family and I have been posted. I wish to impart to both my GEA and business clients that in order to possess a resilient career, one must willingly embrace change and have a continuous desire to learn every step of the way.

In your mind, what is the best definition of “resilience” for those who might be unfamiliar with the program that RBLP offers?

Whenever I share about resilience, the first thing that I say is: Resilience is stepping up as an active participant in finding your own creativity to overcome adversity. One must undergo self-reflection first on their “resiliency meter, ” so to speak. Then to look outward on how they can cause a ripple effect towards others so that they could initiate and advocate in building a resilient team. More importantly, resilient teams are more adept for learning which leads to the organization’s competitive advantage.

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 top three components I would like for my students to remember are:

1. Everyday leadership. This is reinforced by what Maya Angelou once said: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” At RBLP, the practice of active listening, treating people with respect, and earning trust are crucial for leadership development.

2. Empower decision-making through shared leadership: A strategy that limits the hierarchy or status differences between team members which leads to high morale, commitment, and teamwork. This is about letting others to ‘step up’ and share their expertise without the constraints of title or position.

3. Organizations must understand that their vision can only be realized if they build on the foundations of good culture and execute on sound strategy, with a clear vision of where they are heading and providing purpose for each decision to their people. It is also important to deliver the “how” in a well laid-out plan that will move people to action.

What is one of your own best personal experiences in your career that has influenced or inspired you in your certification training?

The best personal experience in my career was when I worked at Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) as the Manager, Chapter Staff Community for the over 187 Chapter Managers geographically dispersed around the world. The majority of EO’s workforce are remote employees, and a crucial factor for maintaining employee engagement was creating a positive climate, albeit a virtual one. I realized that the issues we encountered at EO during my tenure could have been prevented, or easily solved if senior leaders were more aware that people who work in a positive climate are more resilient.

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?

I would consider myself rather new in my service as an instructor so that my work with individuals, rather than with a company per se, would be my personal accomplishment to date. What sets RBLP apart from other instructional programs is how it is designed to accommodate the principle of adult education in building upon each student’s extensive background from their personal and working lives. Thus, creating a customized and effective approach for learning.

It still delivers me a big smile whenever I recall one of my RBLP-T students who was in the middle of his retirement process from 22 years of active duty service. On our last session, it was literally his last day to wear his military uniform – a Friday, and the following Monday he would begin work as a civilian employee. I was there with him for his training during his transition, and his completion of the program also signified a new chapter in his life. Our conversations during our sessions were powerful reflections of his military career, what he is looking forward to as a civilian, and how he will apply his key takeaways from RBLP to becoming an even better leader and employee.

Pivoting a little bit from the program – tell us a little about yourself outside of work! What other activities or hobbies do you love?

Hahaha, ooh I think this is the toughest question! I consider myself a multi-passionate individual, that is why I genuinely enjoy RBLP as it allows me to be authentic and vulnerable. When I “grow up” I aspire to be a publishing consultant and retreat strategist because I love books, writing, traveling and food – this is the best way I could package all my personal interests. I gravitate towards non-fiction books, particularly the self-help genre, whenever I find the time. I also continue to write for Thrive Global about the mobile lifestyle of expatriates and creating sustainable income streams. If you don’t find me in my home office, I am in the kitchen experimenting on Southeast Asian cuisines and attempting to be a pastry chef – so, yes, I am that co-worker who loves to organize potluck parties in the office!

Under normal circumstances (without strict social distancing measures due to the pandemic), I am in a local café dreaming of and drafting retreat itineraries over good coffee. The great outdoors is my playground – mountain biking, hiking, camping, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding are activities that my family and I enjoy whenever we can. World travel ranks high on my passion project list, and as a travel company owner traveling is a perk since I get to go on familiarization (FAM) trips that are considered a business expense. (A good tip to know for my fellow wanderlust souls!)

Can you give us a quotation that you feel really inspires you to continue inspiring others?

Life is not about winning or losing. Therefore, a quote from Theodore Roosevelt has been a source of inspiration for me to continue to inspire others. He said:

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles; or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly… who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.

RBLP leadership certifications are about Building Resilient Teams™ that overcome adversity and then can adapt and grow! As always, we are #StrongerTogether.

Learn more about the requirements for the RBLP Certification program.

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