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Beyond The Stethoscope

Oct 12, 2020

Favorite quote of the episode: 

“Having made a difference in the world that lasts outside of yourself, to me, that’s success.”

Episode Overview

In this episode, I talk with Dr. Louise Rasmussen, co-founder and principal scientist at Global Cognition, a company that aims to advance cultural competence in demanding environments through research, training, and assessment.

For more than a decade, Dr. Rasmussen has been conducting scientific studies to identify critical skills and strategies that enable people to adapt quickly to new cultures and work effectively with diverse partners.

She has worked with a variety of DoD organizations interested in finding ways to recruit, train, sustain, and enhance language and culture capabilities such as the Defense Language National Security Education Office, the Army Research Institute, and SOCOM.

She has written about her work in both scientific and trade publications, such as the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Military Review, and she has recently published a book about her work called Save Your Ammo: Working Across Cultures for National Security.


  • Advancing Cultural Competence in demanding environments.
  • Adaptive Readiness for Culture (ARC) Competency Model.
  • How cultural competence makes us safer and improves our National Security.
  • Save Your Ammo (book)


5 Questions Segment

Q1. We know that the most successful and happy people have a morning routine, what do you do each morning or evening that sets your day up for success? In the evening, I enjoy sitting out in the backyard with our 5-year-old boxer named Arlo and throwing his flying squirrel (toy) over and over and over again for him. It’s quite meditative, actually.

Q2. What's your definition of Success? For me, success is recognizing that I’ve inspired a change that lasts and reaches beyond my own reality or sphere of existence. Having made a difference in the world that lasts outside of yourself, to me, that’s a success.  

Q3. What's your definition of Happiness? For me, happiness is about contentment and feeling generally good about where you are in life. Enjoying the moment, enjoying the people around you, and taking pleasure in just being there.

Q4. What do you know now that you wish you would have known 10 years ago? I’ve really come to appreciate the work that you all do in the military. It’s been a real pleasure to get to know the people behind the uniforms. I used to be intimidated to talk to people in uniform and now I enjoy it so much, I wish I would have known 10 years ago not to be so worried about having those conversations.

And my silly answer is that ten years ago I wish I would have known that you don’t have to wear heels to conferences!

Q5. What do you think is the biggest issue facing busy professionals today?

Creating space and enjoyment in the little moments in life. In the long term managing the frustration that can build up when we realize that the projects and tasks we take on always take longer to complete than we anticipate.


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