Applications Being Accepted for Intensive Military to Civilian Career Transition Program

Online applications are being accepted through Feb. 8, 2016 for the seventh cohort of the Leveraging Military Leadership Program.

The program, which is designed to create successful transitions from military to civilian careers, is open to Veterans of any rank who left the service in the last two years or who will transition in the next six months. To date, more than 250 service members from all branches of the military have participated in this pro bono program.

Participants will be guided by a team of global leadership experts from Korn Ferry Hay Group and Harris Corporation, who will lead Veterans through a three-month program composed of on-line, remote, and in-person assessments, coaching, instruction, group exercises and lectures. The in-residence portion of the program takes place from Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10 in Herndon, Virginia. Veterans will receive the same research-based leadership development services offered by Hay Group to Boards, CEOs and senior executives at leading global organizations.

Veterans engage in topics such as defining a career vision, mapping out a targeted post-military career strategy, and creating an action plan that includes networking, using social media and refining their engagement and interviewing techniques.

The transition from a military career to a civilian career is difficult and challenging. But it’s not a full switch. While there are drastic differences between military culture and corporate culture, there are many transferrable skills – and more than most Veterans (and hiring managers) initially believe. The fact is that military professionals have built capabilities during their careers in essential and in-demand competencies, such as planning, problem-solving, team building, crisis management, managing diversity and dealing with ambiguity.

Helping Companies Leverage Military Leadership

Companies that make the commitment to concerted Veteran hiring efforts will not be disappointed. Consider the following tips for finding, hiring and keeping qualified Veterans:

  • Look in the right places when sourcing – Employers will need to create a strong employer value proposition, whereby Veterans know their service will be honored and valued. That means having hiring managers trained and dedicated to sourcing Veterans, perhaps creating online talent communities geared specifically to the Veteran audience.
  • Educate managers – Those who manage Veterans should be offered development opportunities to help them understand the unique attributes of Veterans and how to translate their skills into the civilian world.
  • Help Veterans translate their unique skills into civilian attributes – Ask a Veteran what she did while she was in the military, and she may say, “I drove a ship.” That Veteran should be coached to go beyond what they did into why it matters, such as it helped her learn to deal with ambiguity and instill trust in others.
  • Create ongoing development – There is no doubt that the civilian world is different from military service. Help the Veteran adapt through programs that, for example, help him or her “influence without authority” instead of the traditional military hierarchy.

Veterans entering the civilian workforce offer tremendous skills and represent an incredible talent source for employers nationwide. We are proud to host the Leveraging Military Leadership Program, which goes beyond traditional training to enable Veterans to develop their own individual strategies to begin and grow their professional careers.

About the Author

Randy Manner, Korn Ferry Senior Partner and Army Major General, Retired

Happy New Year from StrategyDriven

Best Wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year from StrategyDriven

As we celebrate the many successes of 2015, the StrategyDriven Team and I want to wish you and your family all the best for a happy and prosperous 2016. We look forward to continuing the journey to becoming a truly StrategyDriven organization with you.

All the Best,

Nathan Ives
President and Chief Executive Officer

StrategyDriven Corrective Action Program Forum

How Leaders Drive Resolution of Their Company’s Most Pressing Issues

Want to drive resolution of your company’s issues while enhancing organizational alignment and accountability?
StrategyDriven Corrective Action Program ForumStrategyDriven is launching a Corrective Action Program Forum; uniquely providing expert advice and best practice methods to help leaders programmatically drive resolution of key issues and execution of work requests aligned with their organization’s goals.

StrategyDriven was founded on the principle of making the advanced practices of leading companies affordably available to small and midsized business leaders. As such, StrategyDriven Advisors compiled their decades of corrective action program experience into a library of best practice methods and tools easily accessible from our online forum.

Corrective action programs encompass the identification, reporting, evaluation, resolution, and trending of an organization’s issues and work requests. Effective program execution ensures timely resolution of a business’s most pressing issues while fostering a high level of individual and organizational accountability.

Contributed to by highly experienced business leaders, StrategyDriven’s online Corrective Action Program Forum provides actionable methods and tools executives and managers can use to implement and enhance key components of their corrective action program including:

  • Identification – Personnel at all levels of the organization recognize conditions deviating from established standards and expectations, adverse trends and events, and other needs for action.
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  • Evaluation – Qualified personnel assess each reported issue and request individually and collectively to establish its priority and identify needed corrective actions and due dates, typically documented within a work and/or service order(s).
  • Resolution – Management reviews, approves, assigns resources, and monitors response actions assigned to issue and request resolution. Management’s actions are commonly documented on the associated work/service order(s).
  • Trending – Metrics and associated management reports provide a picture of overall performance based on tags characterizing each condition report and work/service order.

StrategyDriven Advisors possess decades of experience helping leaders of small to Fortune 500 companies define and implement the complex, mission-critical projects needed to improve operational effectiveness and reduce costs. Isn’t it about time these people were working for you?

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How to Uncover Breakthrough Improvement Opportunities without Consultants

Need a performance breakthrough but don’t want to pay a high-cost consulting firm to evaluate your organization’s performance? Want a solution that can be used over and over again across your entire company?
Sevian Business Performance Assessment ProgramStrategyDriven released its Sevian Business Performance Assessment Program, an immediately implementable process for performing in-depth evaluations of organizational performance.

StrategyDriven was founded on the principle of making top-tier consulting services affordably available to the leaders of small and midsized businesses and the mid-level managers and professionals of larger companies. In a radical departure from the traditional consulting model, we offer our clients the assessment method and analytical tools used by top-tier consulting firms; greatly reducing if not eliminating the need for outside experts and their associated costs.

And why not? Talented employees familiar with their company’s day-to-day operations are often capable of performing assessments more rapidly than outsiders. All they need is the method and analytical tools enabling the revelation of self-critical performance improvement insights. And if an outside perspective is needed, our advisors provide that support via phone, video conference, or onsite in whatever amount desired – no more, no less, no long-term contract… you decide.

Based on decades of operational and assessment experience, StrategyDriven’s turnkey Sevian Business Performance Assessment Program is fully customized to reflect our clients’ organization structure, positional titles, and common business terms. Each program contains all the components necessary to implement a fully mature assessment on day one – truly enabling turnkey performance excellence. Supported by world-class software applications (optional), the program package includes:

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To ensure implementation success, we provide onsite training and execution support when the program is delivered.

StrategyDriven Advisors possess decades of experience helping leaders of small to Fortune 500 companies define and implement the complex, mission-critical projects needed to improve operational effectiveness and reduce costs. Isn’t it about time these people were working for you?

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StrategyDriven Welcomes Mike Purcell

Mike Purcell Joins StrategyDriven Power & Utilities Advisory Services Practice

StrategyDriven is proud to welcome Mike Purcell as a StrategyDriven Advisory Services Senior Advisor. A highly experienced nuclear power consultant, Mike joins StrategyDriven’s Power & Utilities Advisory Services practice.

“We are thrilled to have Mike join our StrategyDriven Advisor Services Team,” said Nathan Ives, StrategyDriven Advisory Services Practice Leader. “Increasing demand for clean, affordable electricity combined with an aging infrastructure, retiring workers, growing regulations, rising capital costs, and intensifying budget pressures challenge utility executives and managers now more than ever. We are fortunate to have an industry professional of Mike’s caliber to help our Power & Utility clients meet these challenges. His hands-on knowledge and experience in performance improvement, regulatory inspection readiness, license renewals, and power uprates will be a great asset to our team”

Mike Purcell Joins StrategyDriven Power & Utilities Advisory Services PracticeFor decades, Mike has served in senior leadership roles within the Power & Utilities Industry. His experience includes within the nuclear oversight, quality assurance, engineering, licensing, performance benchmarking and improvement, training, leadership development, and change management functions. Mike also possesses extensive regulatory and licensing experience including inspection readiness activities for U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) IP95001, 95002, and 95003 inspections, baseline inspections, license amendments, fire protection program inspections and implementation, license renewals, and extended power uprate activities.

Prior to becoming a management consultant, Mike held numerous influential positions at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), leading nuclear oversight, engineering, and training functions as well as performance improvement initiatives including:

  • Senior Manager, Nuclear Oversight – responsible for performance of the quality control and quality assurance functions and providing oversight of day-to-day plant activities important to nuclear station safety and security
  • Senior Fleet Licensing Manager – led a diverse and geographically distributed team of licensing professionals responsible for all licensing activities associated with TVA’s fleet of six nuclear reactors
  • Senior Manager, Training and Development – successfully integrated the training and development functions across TVA into a single high-performing organization providing pipeline and continuing technical training programs; supervisory, employee, and leadership development; regulatory / compliance training; and organizational effectiveness / culture change programs and initiatives
  • Nuclear Plant Organizational Effectiveness Assessments – participated on teams of highly experienced utility professionals in the performance evaluation of four nuclear plants in the area of organizational effectiveness and safety culture
  • Regulatory Assistance / Recovery Initiatives – Supported multiple Mock NRC Inspection Assessments using NRC Supplemental Inspection Manual Chapters 95001, 95002, and 95003
  • Performance Improvement through Employee Engagement Initiatives – Led employee engagement/process & performance improvement initiatives at the Sequoyah and Watts Bar Nuclear plants in order to identify solutions to close the $30 million gap in operations and maintenance (O&M) costs and increase generation

Mike further shaped the Nuclear Industry’s performance through his involvement with industry groups including:

  • INPO Organizational Effectiveness Industry Peer and New Nuclear Oversight Manager course mentor
  • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and EUCG Peer Advisor

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technical University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a licensed as a Professional Engineer by the State of Tennessee.

Click here to read Mike’s complete biography. Mike can be contacted at [email protected].