Category Archive: Transition into Franchise Ownership

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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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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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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Mar 14

SUCCESS IN YOUR NEW MISSION: ARE YOU READY?

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Most senior leaders separating from military service have not had to look for a job since their teenage years.  This group of senior executives may be unfamiliar with the complexities of the civilian job search and may underestimate what it takes to land and retain the right position. SUCCESS IN YOUR NEW MISSION: A Guide …

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Dec 30

Never Too Late for Career Reinvention

Recently, I had the occasion to interview Marc Miller, consultant and author of Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers. Having transitioned several times after a long career at IBM, Miller shared his perspective about switching professions later in life. VSB: What do you believe are the most common challenges faced by senior executives trying …

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Oct 09

Gaining Clarity About Your Next Career

One of the most challenging aspects of the military-to-civilian transition process is figuring out the “right” civilian career path for you.  How can you begin to sort out the many vague, undefined possibilities into more specific choices that can be evaluated? Here are some useful things to keep in mind: Many career assessments encourage you to look …

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Sep 13

Current and Former Military Execs Go Beyond ETAP

Senior military leaders often don’t realize how much more there is to know about a successful military-to-civilian transition until they have actually separated from military service. For many, what seemed self-evident before, now appears to be far more complex than simply having a solid resume and an updated business wardrobe. The Military Officers Association of America is holding its third …

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May 02

Culture Changes Key Part of Transition

Michael Watkins, author of “The First 90 Days” recently launched an interesting discussion in Harvard Business Review’s LinkedIn group, asking participants to define what is meant by an organization’s culture.  Here are some of my favorites: Culture reveals how things are done, reflecting the fundamental values and ethics by which an organization operates, as well as the perceptions …

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Apr 22

Becoming Your Own Boss After Military Retirement

Having reached the pinnacle of a military career, becoming one’s own boss can be a tempting second career choice. Some consider becoming franchise owners, a path that provides some independence along with a proven template and business structure. Others interested in full independence may give some thought to starting their own small business. COL (Ret) Dave McNeil followed the …

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Mar 19

Daniel Pink Reminds Job-Seekers “To Sell is Human”

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“I don’t want to do sales” is a frequent lament of many senior military leaders in transition. Following my previous post on this topic, I had the good fortune to read To Sell is Human and to ask its author, Daniel Pink, to help reframe this issue for those laying the groundwork for their post-military …

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