Welcome to Episode Six of the LIONs DEN: Conversations around a 21st Century approach to management and talent. In the sixth episode, we speak with two veterans of the armed forces, who have recently had to transition back into the corporate workforce. In our conversation today, we discuss how organizations can make this process smoother and more beneficial for both sides.
Discussion guide for today’s show with veterans Grady Brain and Sean Bode:
1. How big of an actual problem do veterans have in transitioning back into the workforce?
2. Sean and Grady walk through the different types of servicemen, from officers to enlisted, and the various paths they each take through the military and into the business world.
3. What are the basic challenges that veterans face when they transition into the workforce? Not speaking corporate business language, for one example. Second, veterans come from a life of service, and it’s hard when they transition into an organization that seems aimless and without a mission and purpose.
4. We discuss how organizations address issues like this…and we hear from our two veterans how they would advise organizations to integrate veterans. “A three-part transition…” [Sourcing, onboarding, culture]
5. When all of this is done the right way, retention is improved. A lot of veterans leave their first job too soon…
6. Sean mentioned onboarding, and we discuss if that process should be different with regards to veterans…
7. Are there any organizations that are doing it right that we can learn from?
8. Brady and Sean both share career advice to transitioning veterans to make this process easier (expand your network, stay positive, prepare better).
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About our co-host Jordan Lofton:
Jordan is the owner and CEO of Golden Source Consultants. Jordan received her degree in Management from The University of Georgia in 2006, and her MBA in Strategy from Duke University in 2012. She began her career with a Big 4 IT Consulting firm based in Atlanta after graduating from UGA.
During her time in management consulting, Jordan was charged with two of the company’s largest engagements, taking on leadership opportunities and acquiring valuable skills. Jordan began working independently while pursuing her MBA. In July 2012, a client approached Jordan and prompted her to start her own consulting firm that could solve their specific challenges.
Responding to this need, Golden Source Consultants was formed, with the goal of raising the bar on quality and delivery for clients by developing the next generation of management consultants. Her innovative model challenges the churn and burn format of large firms by developing a firm by millennials, for millennials. The model allows the GSC team to grow wonderful careers without losing sight of what really matters in life.
This series made possible by Golden Source Consultants:
GSC is a different kind of management consulting firm. Like their logo, the lion, the firm represents the courage and ability to overcome difficulties, once and for all. GSC is dedicated to helping clients solve critical challenges, tackling organizational change and business transformation with turnkey solutions and Agile project cycles. The lasting value of their work is seen and felt in their client’s ability to sustain improvement and meet business objectives—long after the project is complete. Join Golden Source in their fresh approach to problem solving by contacting them at 404.692.5540, or learn more about them online at goldensourceconsultants.com.
He is a former marketing strategist, national political operative, and lobbyist.
Todd has published five books, writes a business + lifestyle column, is a distance runner, and lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie + family.