Category Archive: Transitioning into Academia

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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Apr 30

Former Air Force Colonel Now University COO

Successful career transitions require thoughtful preparation, careful planning, thorough conversation and a little bit of luck.  You might take a few different paths before you land the job that suits you best and you may end up in a field different from the one you had anticipated.  The key is your ability to transfer your …

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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 24

Retired MCPO: Hard Work and Adaptability Essential

Some transitioning military leaders have greater clarity about the direction they wish to pursue after retiring from military service. Others leave the military with somewhat less certainty, at times ending up in positions and circumstances they never would have anticipated. No matter which description fits your situation best, Vince Patton, retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the …

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Oct 17

Retired Navy Admiral at Full Throttle in Civilian Life

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Transitioning senior military leaders have the extraordinary opportunity to redefine themselves in their post-military lives. Retired Navy Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr. who retired from military service in October, 2012 after serving as Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, embodies that philosophy and was kind enough to share his transition insights and experience with Military Leaders …

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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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Sep 11

Thinking About Teaching as a Post-Military Career?

Have you considered teaching as a post-military career? How do you know if you have the academic credentials needed to be competitive? I asked Dr. Kelly Wolgast to share her perspectives on this issue. Dr. Wolgast is a retired Army Colonel currently serving as Program Director and Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University in the Health …

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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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