Category Archive: Military Transition

Jul 02

Taking Time to Find the Right Fit in Civilian Life

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Many senior leaders in transition from military service are reluctant to take much time off before beginning a new job in the civilian workforce. Retired Major General Jay Santee is an advocate of using the time in between to actively network, visit family and explore life goals with one’s partner or spouse to determine what comes next. …

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Jan 24

LEADERSHIP IN TRANSITION

Change in leadership can feel quite abrupt and jarring, for both incoming and outgoing leaders. Working up until the last moment, outgoing leaders are often fueled by a sense of responsibility to give 150% until they walk out the door, a natural inclination to hang on to what may have been the best job of …

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Aug 14

Veterans Are Good Fit for Nonprofit Sector

Some time ago, I had the pleasure of meeting U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Eden Murrie as she was getting ready to step away from her military career.  She was contemplating her options and trying to assess how best to apply her talents and experience in a new career. Today, Murrie is Director of Government Transformation and Agency Partnerships …

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Jul 04

Military Leadership: What Comes Next

As veterans prepare to transition from military service into new civilian careers, many find it helpful to supplement any service-sponsored transition workshops they have taken with those offered by key veteran service organizations or by other entities that approach the career transition process from a somewhat different vantage point. I recently had the opportunity to …

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May 30

Post-Military Career Risks: Are You Ready?

Choosing the right path for your post-military career is a balancing act between many factors, including, but not limited to, your: interests, talents, financial needs, aversion to risk, family considerations, and the level of effort you are willing to put forward. All of these factors came into play for Lisa Wolford, a Marine Corps veteran, when …

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May 07

Veterans and Executives Tackle Challenge Together

As military leaders transition into the civilian workforce, it is not uncommon to hear both an employer and the hired veteran express frustrations that may stem from a disconnect in culture and understanding. Rarely is this due to the veteran’s lack of hard skills; instead, it more likely reflects the different paths and experiences that brought the veteran …

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Apr 21

Thinking about Retirement from the Workforce?

The decision to fully retire from the workforce should be made consciously and what that looks like may vary greatly, from person to person.  There are any number of factors that play into the decision and that can greatly impact one’s quality of life, relationships, as well as sense of purpose. My colleague, retired Navy Captain …

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Mar 22

Find Common Ground to Smooth Workplace Transition

Dr. Fred Mael is an industrial organizational psychologist who has talked about the shock that veterans may experience, coming from a team-oriented culture, when they encounter new civilian colleagues who seem more self-focused rather than focused on the enterprise as a whole. I asked Dr. Mael to share his perspective on this and other related issues with …

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Dec 05

Finding Peace of Mind during the Holidays

The holiday season may be a time for social gatherings, parties and glittering decorations, but in spite of being surrounded by family and neighbors, this time of year can leave transitioning military members feeling isolated and out of sorts. The music, the chatter and some of the more superficial commercial aspects of the holidays can …

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Sep 24

Opening the Door to the Private Sector

There are many ways to begin making connections and building your network inside the private sector.  The best case scenario typically involves reaching out to someone you know – perhaps a former military colleague or a neighbor – working at a company of particular interest to you. Social media offers another avenue to do research …

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