Posted on May 28, 2015
Sgt Jeffrey Clish
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Especially coming from enlisted ranks, transitioning to a corporate role via a period in college can be difficult. I received a great piece of advice that helped me move up the ranks to the executive level. What advice did other's get as being in a Corps is a positive and negative for corporate cultures.
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1LT Nick Kidwell
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Keep in mind that it is not the military, and sometimes a military mindset works against you.

I am a teacher, but I currently work in private security. With the preponderance of veterans in the workplace, I made the incorrect assumption that approaching my job as a hard-charger, with a high-speed-low-drag approach was the way to go. One co-worker (a combat arms NCO in the ARNG) called me an over-achiever, and the people with EMS/LEO background took great exception to it.
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Cpl Jeff N.
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The suspense is killing me Jeff, what was the advice you received?

I like you came from the enlisted ranks and have been with a fortune 100 company for amost 28 years and have done pretty well advancing my career into senior management.

I don't know that it was advice I received specifically so much but a state of mind that I gained from the Marine Corps. I worked hard, outworked my peers, was focused on results, not activity. I leaned on the leadership skills I learned and tried to make myself invaluable to the company (as much as any one person can be anyway).

I also learned that being close to customers, big customers, was also very helpful. When you help drive revenue and profit for a company you become valuable to them and many will repay you for that effort.

I found it pretty easy to advance past many folks. I started at the bottom of the company and did it the old fashioned way.
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Sgt Cody Dumont
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Don't loose sight of your principles, and maintain discipline. Tact will get you everywhere, and being over bearing will get you no where. Don't forget where you came from and don't loose sight of where you are going.
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