Tag Archive: military transition

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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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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Jan 19

Gauge Your Openness to Change in Transition

It is fair to say that we are largely creatures of habit at work and at home. The creation of personal and professional daily routines gives us some feeling of control in the chaotic world in which we live.  That said, there comes a time in both our professional and personal lives when we are facing …

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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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Jan 08

Retired Command Sergeant Major Picks Civilian Career to Support Military Families

After a long career in military service, some senior leaders choose a second career that allows them to continue to support the men and women on active duty.  Terrance McWilliams retired after a 30-year career as Command Sergeant Major and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commanding General at Fort Carson, Colorado. He and his spouse …

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Jan 01

Fulfilling a New Mission in Your Encore Career

After a long career in military service, it can be hard to imagine what other work you might find as fulfilling. Marci Alboher, author of “The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life” and Vice President of Encore.org says we should stop imagining and start …

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Jul 06

Venturing Outside Your Comfort Zone

While aviation is likely the first thing that comes to mind when a military member hears the word “runway,”  fashion model Heidi Klum could just as well be talking about the abrupt nature of military to civilian transition when she tells aspiring fashion designers: “One day, you’re in; the next day, you’re out. Auf weidersehen!” …

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Jun 27

Camouflage to Pinstripes – Journey to Civilian Life

Giving up a familiar lifestyle and a profession that has embodied who you are is not an easy or simple process. This is especially the case as you take the steps to leave the military behind to to seek success and fulfillment in civilian life. Dr. Sydney Savion, retired Air Force officer, author, researcher and expert on human …

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Jun 07

Mental and Physical Wellness Essential Part of Transition

As military leaders and their spouses prepare for separation from military life, the tendency may be to put the initial focus on a place to live as well as the launch of a civilian job search. What is frequently overlooked is the importance of being mentally and physically prepared for transition. Leaving the relatively enclosed and insular military community after so …

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May 08

Beyond Rank: What do You Bring to the Table?

Private sector employers start from the assumption that you will bring your leadership experience to their company. During your interview, instead of dwelling on the obvious, be prepared to articulate the specific skills you have to help strengthen the corporate bottom line and bring value to the company’s shareholders and fellow employees. I recently sat down with …

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