So your company wants to begin building a bridge to your community… it’s not something that you’ve been doing, but you’ve decided now is the time. Where do you start?
The answer is simple: with your people.
Ask your team, “Where are you volunteering?” The answers you get might surprise you. In our small company, nearly every single employee was already volunteering somewhere. Several were serving on committees and boards of local nonprofits.
Once you figure out what passions already exist within your team, there are three simple steps I recommend:
Support the organizations where your employees serve. Become a business supporter or buy...
When most people think about military leaders, their minds go straight to ridiculously strict, regimented, and intimidating TV and movie characters. Couple that with the fact that most people don’t have close ties to someone in the military, and it’s not surprising that many assume that life in the military is one big “Basic Training” shouting fest.
But through my military and business experience, I’ve seen that this stereotype is depressingly inaccurate.
The military certainly delivers a highly structured environment that doesn’t appeal to everyone, but that structure creates building blocks for many individuals to thrive. This deeply values-based foundation leads many veterans to gravitate toward...