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How to Receive Feedback More Effectively


The military style of communication is direct and to the point. There is no "grey area" when giving directives and orders. By contrast, in the civilian workforce, nuance, innuendo and tone have a lot to do when giving and receiving feedback. In a workplace situation, when receiving feedback it is critical to stop your natural default behaviors in order to gain valuable insight. To improve your listening skills, particularly when receivi... more

Stop Ranting About Your Political Views At Work

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Marnell

This article originally appeared on Task & Purpose, a digital news and culture publication dedicated to military and veterans issues. Don't be that guy who insults everyone with your loudmouth political rants. A few years ago, before our current concert of political cacophony began, I worked with an officer who used the word "Democrat" the way others would use "jerk" or "asshole." "Some fucking Democrat took forever in the fuel pits so... more

How to Quit Your (Civilian) Job


Your first job after leaving military service may be a great opportunity… or maybe you took the first civilian job offered. Regardless of why you're looking to change jobs, you decide to quit your current job. Maybe you got a better job offer, or maybe it's time to start your own business. Perhaps you'd like to retire or need to take time off to care for a family member, or yourself. It's time to walk away from work you enjoyed. Change ... more

Game of Thrones' 4 Lessons for the Civilian Workforce

George RR Martin

The Game of Thrones books and television series certainly provides entertainment, but there is a lot to be learned from the story about jobs in the civilian world. Let's call this the "Game of Jobs," and look at some of these lessons learned. NOTE: This may contain spoilers in regards to the Game of Thrones show (and your future civilian career). Power Can be Fickle In the Game of Jobs, people come and go faster than you may be used to ... more

Employers: Do more than say "Thank You for Your Service"

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When service members transition out of the military, they are not looking for a handout or charity. They are looking for careers that are meaningful and fulfilling. While veterans certainly appreciate hearing, "Thank you for your service," they need more. I have coached thousands of veterans and active duty military members about to make the transition. The common goal I hear is that they want work that leverages their skills and talen... more

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