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Promotion in the Civilian Workforce

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The military can be an odd place when it comes to promotion.  For often, it is a myriad of formulas weighing time in grade, cutting scores, and reviews to reach a special number that says you earned that extra stripe.  As a result, if one knows how to work hard and get the magic number where it should be, they are almost guaranteed to eventually receive that promotion. However, most positions in private organizations outside of the mili... more

How to Encourage Women to Go After More Leadership Roles

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It's an election year. That means that government officials—or those who hope to be—are making headlines every day. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of women in leadership roles in this sector has risen steadily for the last two decades—and two are even vying for the Oval Office. However, Pew also notes the disparity in this trend when it comes to business: "Compared with their representation in the political realm, women ... more

Six Personality Traits of a Leader

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There are dozens of personal traits that can affect leadership and some, namely integrity and character, that are absolute. But in many years of experience, I have observed that the way leaders develop and deploy the eight know-hows is influenced by a handful of them: ambition, drive and tenacity, self-confidence, psychological openness, realism and an insatiable appetite for learning. These personal traits manifest in many different ways.... more

Pros and Cons: Running a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business

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Sir:  I have a rating of 100% permanent disability from the U.S. Government. My question is this: Both of my step sons are in the contracting business – one works for a contractor, the other owns his own business. Would it be beneficial for me to become the sole contractor of the latter son's business, which would therefore qualify me to become eligible for bidding on small business contracts for Government work? Regards,  Roger Dea... more

Delegation Strategies for Better Work-Life Balance

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When military officers or veterans-turned-professionals say they want a better work-life balance, they're usually wishing for more hours in the day to accommodate all their professional responsibilities and personal pursuits. While you can't establish a 27-hour day, you can do the next best thing: delegate. By taking certain tasks off your plate, you'll free up more time to concentrate on higher priority projects and pursue activities you... more

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