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Comskil Coach and Instructor, Margot Halstead lead the USDA AMS National Organic Program (NOP) team in a customized Writing Workshop. Specific writing topics were determined with close consultation with NOP leaders to ensure that this workshop met specific needs. The workshop included the flexibility to include group and team dynamics; DISC awareness and communication skills. A follow-up workshop is scheduled for next month! Connect with Comskil today to discuss a custom Writing/Communication training event for your team today!

DISC Training with USDA AMS Cotton and Tobacco!


March 2019 – Comskil’s Galina Knopman and Margot Halstead recently provided DISC and Team Building training for USDA Agriculture and Marketing Service (AMS),  Cotton and Tobacco Program’s (C&T) new and returning managers. The 2-day training event took place in Memphis, TN, home base for C&T which facilitates the domestic and international fair marketing of cotton and tobacco through a variety of services used by industry to measure quality, ensure consistency and report market activity. The program’s standards are used by more than 50 countries for the instrument and visual grading of cotton and tobacco.


Our instructors focused on the DiSC Model and applications and then expanded real life scenario exercises to include the following areas for development:


  • Navigating Group Dynamics

  • Listening Skills

  • Leadership skills

  • Problem-solving

  • Building Trust

  • Creativity

  • Time Management



Our mini-lectures and scenario activities provided opportunities to practice new skills and awareness as individuals and together in teams.

Comskil has also provided Team Building and Generational Dynamics to C&T participants in the last year. We look forward to coaching and providing more workshops to our C&T client.


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Featured Coach - Margot F.W. Halstead (click name for bio)

Building Trust and Collaboration at NOP


Feb, 2019 – Shortly after the federal government shutdown ended, USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS), National Organic Program (NOP) management reached out to Comskil for assistance. As staff were returning to work, NOP management wanted to help them with the transition of returning to work along with focusing on processing, understanding the environment, and feeling empowered.


Comskil Coach and Instructor, Laurie Ellington was tasked to facilitate a SECURE™ Connections workshop for NOP staff. This workshop is an interactive brain-based team building workshop that draws on breakthroughs in modern neuroscience and high performing teamwork, providing fresh insights into the biology of engagement, trust building, collaboration, and group intelligence.  Participants learn a science-based framework for creating a climate of trust and collaboration, along with strategies for improving collective decision making and complex problem solving based on how people learn new behaviors. Several adult learning modalities consisting of a mix of lecture/presentation, video, practice exercises, small group activities, and context-driven discussion will be utilized to deepen levels of learner engagement and relevancy to improving individual, team, and organizational performance.  All learning modules are organized in a brain-friendly manner that maximizes the learning experience and integration into the workplace environment


The workshop was held in early February and received rave reviews from NOP management and participants. Here is what one participant had to say, “Not to clog your email, but I wanted to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the excellent session today. It blew my mind and explained A LOT. I believe it could be transformational to those open to exploring and applying the concepts. Once again, feeling fortunate to be part of a team that values and dedicates work time to this sort of information”.


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Featured Coach - Laurie Ellington (click name for bio)

ICF Conference

October 19, 2018 - A great time was had at the 2018 International Coach Federation (ICF) Capital Coaches Conference with Comskil coaches, clients, and friends!

Work and Me

October 2018 - Thrilled that clients texted to let us know they are already using what they learned in Galina’s Work And Me workshops delivered to our wonderful clients twice last week! Work And Me leadership and team workshops are based on the Visualize Personal Success (VPS) and Organizational Growth (OrGro) models for personal and organizational change.

New VPS Online Course

January 20, 2019 – Comskil, Inc. and Best of Life announce the New VPS (Visualize Personal Success) Online Course. Our VPS Online Course will help you get out of your rut and open the path to success. This course will help you stay motivated and achieve your life's dreams.


VPS was inspired by Galina Knopman’s workbook, Every Time I Diet I Gain 5 Pounds: Step Into Your True Self and Shed Your Baggage. It’s not about dieting, it is about changing your life, changing the way you think and fulfilling your hopes for your physical health, work, finances, relationships, and more.


Currently, we are beta testing the course to work out any kinks before the initial release in February 2019. Stay tuned for more information and the initial release of this innovative and self-provoking new course!

Galina's Art Gallery

Comskil’s Galina Knopman’s photo art is currently exhibiting at the Chevy Chase Design Center, Galina lives life as an artist, musician, author, leadership and life coach, and as a business woman. In each of these realms, she is focused on capturing, sharing and creating possibility and belief in the fantastic. Galina’s photography covers canvas prints of dreamy beaches, powerful trees, and surprising splashes of color and nature juxtaposed with concrete cities.


Galina began a focused study in photography as a teenager. She has won awards for her art starting early in her life. Galina continues to find magical moments to share through her art and work. Working with her photographs, sizing, and finding the resonant perspective to share, brings her joy and inner peace.


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Atlassian: A leader in Gartner's 2018 Magic Quadrant


Atlassian is proud to be named a leader in Gartner's 2018 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools for the second time. This solidifies our belief that tools like Jira Software and Portfolio for Jira help teams successfully practice agile development and release great software at scale

"Atlassian’s 119,000 customers are in more than 185 countries and nearly every industry. We believe if you're trying to change the world through software innovation, Atlassian's the best partner you could choose. We feel our growing market presence and continued position in Gartner's "Leaders" Quadrant is evidence that we're disrupting the traditional agile market with our great products and unique model."

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