Happy Thanksgiving from Forward March Inc.

Many people use Wednesday as a travel day for the Thanksgiving holiday so this will be our last post till Monday morning.

All the folks here at Forward March Inc.
want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Freedom from Want - Norman Rockwell

Freedom from Want – Norman Rockwell

As we have said before we live in the greatest nation on earth. Once a year Americans come together with family and friends to express their gratitude for all that we have been blessed with as a nation. Norman Rockwell was a gifted American 20th century painter/illustrator who was able to express so much of what we experience during the Thanksgiving holiday with his paintings. He was arguably the quintessential Thanksgiving painter. We picked out a few of his works we like, you can probably guess why…

Thanksgiving 1944 - Norman Rockwell

Thanksgiving 1944 – Norman Rockwell

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Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving (Mother and Son Peeling Potatoes)

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Refugee Thanksgiving – Norman Rockwell – 1943

Our freedom has been purchased at a very high price. America’s fine men and women in the armed forces have given their lives in service to something greater than themselves. Lets all be thankful for that and remember them this Thanksgiving.

U.S. soldiers stationed in Kabul praying before Thanksgiving supper. Photo credit - http://thechristians.com/?q=node/437

U.S. soldiers stationed in Kabul praying before Thanksgiving supper. Photo credit – http://thechristians.com/?q=node/437

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Hire a Master Sergeant instead of Master’s Degree; Bringing Senior Military Leaders into your Organization

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Hiring decisions are not always easy especially for your leadership positions. A good recruiter or hiring manager is going to screen all applicants looking for the best candidate for the job. Often times, a graduate degree is the preferred criteria, but is there a better way to find potential leaders and managers for your organization? Have you considered Senior Military Noncommissioned Officers to fill critical leader position?

Before we continue, let’s pause for a brief military history lesson. Prior to 1958, the highest enlisted pay grade across the U.S. military was E-7. On June 1, 1958, under an Amendment to the Career Compensation Act of 1949, the pay grades of E-8 and E-9 were added to the military rank structure. At the time, these pay grades were known as “Super Grades”. This is also the reason the Air Force does not have Warrant Officers, but that’s a story for another time.

Iraqi FreedomThe fact that these new pay grades were referred to as “Super Grades” was no accident. The men and women who attained those ranks were the top leaders in their respective service branch.  Their leadership was tried and tested over a decade or more and they continued to remain at the top of their game. The attributes of those pioneering E-8 and E-9s still exist in the senior military leaders of today.

Here is a list of the “Super Grades” you might see on a resume:

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E-8      Master Sergeant/First Sergeant

E-9      Sergeant Major/Command Sergeant Major

METAL NAVY SEALMETAL COAST GUARD SEALNavy/Coast Guard

E-8      Senior Chief Petty Officer

E-9      Master Chief Petty Officer/Command Master Chief

METAL AIRFORCE SEALAir Force

E-8      Senior Master Sergeant/First Sergeant

E-9      Chief Master Sergeant/Command Chief Master Sergeant

METAL MARINE CORPS SEALMarine Corps

E-8      Master Sergeant/First Sergeant

E-9      Master Gunnery Sergeant/Sergeant Major





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So why should you consider hiring a Master Sergeant as opposed to a Master’s Degree? Here are the top 10 reasons for hiring a tried, tested, and proven senior military leader.

  1. A senior NCO has been leading employees for 15-20 plus years. It one thing to ask an employee to load boxes on a truck, it another thing all together motivating people to carry out a mission in a life or death situation.
  2. They get the job done on time, to standard, and on budget. In the days of growing military budget cuts, senior NCOs know how to do more with less without sacrificing organizational effectiveness.
  3. For Senior NCOs, safety is second nature. They have an ingrained respect for policies and procedures.
  4. The have a cultural understanding that most can only imagine. How many new MBAs have lived in Germany, Korea, or Italy? How many MBAs have broken bread with Afghan tribal leaders or guarded a U.S. Embassy?
  5. Senior NCOs are great planners and problem solvers. They routinely apply the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) weighing the best course of action to accomplish a mission.
  6. They are experts at teaching, coaching, mentoring, and counseling subordinates. They are expert trainers who have dedicated their lives to serving and developing others.
  7. Senior NCOs always present a first class image. They are consummate professionals who will represent themselves and your organization in the highest esteem.
  8. Senior NCOs take responsibility for their actions. They hold themselves accountable for the successes and failures of their team. They learn from their mistakes and they exploit the strengths of themselves and their organization.
  9. There is a huge cost saving for organizations that hire a veteran from just the VOW Act alone. Furthermore, veterans statistically take fewer sick days and every retired military member have their own health and dental coverage taken care of. Cha Ching!
  10. Surprisingly, a majority of Senior Noncommissioned Officers have a master’s degree. By hiring a senior military leader, you can get the best of both worlds.

Today’s military men and women are of the highest caliber in US history with regards to training, leadership development, and their varied skill sets. Our military is the best in the world because of exceptional senior leaders.

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Forward March Inc., has been helping organizations attract, hire, and retain the best Senior NCOs for organizations who want to achieve exceptional things. Let us show you how to bring those outstanding men and women into your organization. Take the next step to move your company from great to Extraordinary!

~ Article written by Jason Caswell, Forward March Inc – Director of Training and Talent Pipeline Services

The Forward March Inc. Weekly Roundup

red friday 12Its Friday again, so break out those red shirts! R.E.D. Friday is here so remember everyone deployed!

Learn more about RED Fridays:

http://redshirtfridays.org/  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Support_our_troops

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-Our-Troops-Wear-Red-Fridays/188809874489323

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Here is the weekly roundup.

Its been a busy week for us here at Forward March Inc. with our Camouflage to Corporate conference and Veteran Employment Transition Networking Event, both of which were held here in San Antonio on Monday. Check out the blog here to read more about those events.

Next week our great nation will celebrate Thanksgiving. Here at the Forward March Inc. world headquarters we celebrated a little early with our first annual Thanksgiving get together.

Its like one big (very) happy family when we have an event, no matter where we are.

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Forward March Inc. has a resident chef? Oh yeah! Richard Abrams is whipping up some culinary art for our Thanksgiving pot luck get together.

Its like one big (very) happy family when we have an event, no matter where we are.

JOBS:

If you are looking for a new job then check out these upcoming career fairs for Veterans and Transitioning Military during the month of December. Military.com has done a great job of lining up your hiring fairs, with a list this long there has got to be one near you! Check out the list here.

Recruit Military also has a nice list of veteran job fairs which you can find here… 

As always, if you hear of veteran hiring opportunities let us know and we will post them.

Have an OUTSTANDING weekend!

Why Invest in Leadership Development?

LeadershipWhy Invest in Leadership Development?

Perhaps my most enjoyable assignment in my 24 year Army career was a Senior Personnel and Leader Developer. I had the privilege of traveling the country briefing Soldiers on personal and professional development issues. I sat down with senior Army leaders to discuss and establish organizational development goals covering key points such as professional military education, civilian education, and Soldier development programs.

What I enjoyed the most was the one-on-one interaction with troops during breaks or at the end of the day where they could openly ask questions they did not want to ask during my seminar. Whether I was briefing on the east coast, west coast, or the mid-west, one thing was very clear, individuals were hungry for leader development. The unfortunate fact is, however, that most people do not get it at the level at which they truly need it.

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Leader development is a deliberate, continuous, sequential, and progressive process, steeped in organizational values. It grows employee into competent and confident leaders capable of decisive action. Leader development is achieved through life-long blend of the knowledge, skills, and experiences gained through training and education opportunities the three pillars of leader development which are institutional training, operational experience, and self-development

Institutional Training is the formal education an employee receives through institutions of higher learning and formal organizational training programs. The purpose of institutional training is to provide a framework or basic principles behind the things we do.

Operational experience is simply learning by doing or leadership in action. It means taking lessons learned and turn them into new and effective ways of doing business. Operational experience also includes seeking mentorships from others in the industry.

Self-Development focuses on maximizing personal strengths, over-coming weaknesses, and achieving individual development goals. This can be as simple as reading a book on how to close a sale or studying a technical manual.

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So why is leader development so important? Just as people are not all born with the ability or desire to play sports, not all people are natural born leaders. Different personality traits and characteristics can help or hinder a one’s leadership effectiveness. It requires formalized training, experience, and guidance to develop and shape effective leader competencies.

Perhaps former Chief of Staff of the Army, General Edward C. Meyer said it best, “Just as the diamond requires three properties for its formation—carbon, heat, and pressure—successful leaders require the interaction of three properties—character, knowledge, and application. Like carbon to the diamond, character is the basic quality of the leader.… But as carbon alone does not create a diamond, neither can character alone create a leader. The diamond needs heat. Man needs knowledge, study and preparation.… The third property, pressure—acting in conjunction with carbon and heat—forms the diamond. Similarly, one’s character attended by knowledge, blooms through application to produce a leader.” The bottom line is this; leader development is a process or constant learning and development.

Here are some key points for an effective leader development program:

Commitment. Leader development training its more than a once or twice a year event. It’s a long-term investment for the future that requires a high level of time and dedication. Commitment, however, goes both ways here. An organization must pledge the time develop its employees, and employees must buy into and commit to their own self-development.

Formal and Funded. Part of an organizations commitment to leader development is developing, planning, and executing formal training. This can be done internally or using an outside organization to train. Either way, a certain level of capital must be set aside to ensure the training happens.

Mentorship. A huge piece of the operational experience pillar is mentorship. Mentorship starts at on-boarding and continues throughout an individual’s career regardless of their level within the organization. Mentorship can come from within the company or even from mentors externally within the same industry. Either way, good leaders learn from the successes and failures of themselves and others.

Leader Rotation. I have seen it time and again where leaders are afraid to put too much time in developing their employee. The fear is that the better job they do in developing young leaders, the more likely they are to become irrelevant to the organization and replaced. First, if this is your thought process, you might need to move on anyway. Second, you owe it to your future leaders to show them how to lead within the organization. What better way to learn how a company operates than rotate within each department. This in leadership in action!

Best Practices. Great organizations are always looking for ways to improve processes and practices. It takes engaged leaders on the ground to track what is working, not working or could be done better. The same applies to current management processes. These best practices need to be shared with leaders at all levels in the organization and applied towards the company’s success.

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With over 110 years of military leader development experience behind us, let Forward March Inc., help you achieve your leader development goals. We offer varied types of training courses tailored around your needs, ranging from one-on-one professional coaching, to on-site group training, that bring a “boot-camp” style of training with a fun flair. It’s not just training, it’s a commitment to organizational excellence!

~ Article written by Jason Caswell, Forward March Inc – Director of Training and Talent Pipeline Services

Thank You to All Who Attended our Camouflage to Corporate Conference and V.E.T. Networking Event

IMG_3335Yesterday we held our Camouflage to Corporate Conference, which provided companies and organizations with a roadmap for how to find, attract, hire and retain high quality veteran talent.

In the afternoon we held our first Veteran Employment Transition Networking Event where employers and veterans had the opportunity to meet, network, and even interview. Transitioning military and veterans who attended event had the opportunity to meet with a variety of companies, veteran’s organizations and educational institutions.

Forward March Inc. would like to take a moment to thank all those who participated in our Camouflage to Corporate Conference and Veteran Employment Transition Networking Event.

Thank You to Retired General Speaks for being our Keynote Speaker.

Thank You to Sheryl Johnson of the 5th Army Brigade for your sponsorship.

Thank You to all who participated in our Veteran Employment Transition Networking Event:

Texas Workforce Commission – http://www.twc.state.tx.us/

Wayland Baptist University – http://www.sa.wbu.edu/

Sysco – http://www.sysco.com/

Mary Kay – http://www.marykay.com/

MOAA – http://www.moaa.org/

Legal Shield – http://www.legalshield.com/

Navy Federal – https://www.navyfederal.org/

Texas Veterans Commission – http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/

AUSA – http://www.ausa.org/Pages/default.aspx

Family Endeavors – http://www.familyendeavors.org/

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Thank You to all our Camouflage to Corporate Conference attendees:

Marine 4 Life – http://www.marineforlife.org/  / National Oilwell Varco –  http://nov.com/

Frontline – http://www.frontline1.com/

Sysco – http://www.sysco.com/

Texas Workforce Commission – http://www.twc.state.tx.us/

Kalmar – http://www.kalmarind-northamerica.com/          

Last, but not least, a huge Thank You to all those transitioning military service personnel and veterans for attending.

The Forward March Inc. Weekly Roundup

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Its Friday and time for a weekly round up of what is going on here at Forward March Inc Worldwide Headquarters.

IMG_3311This week concluded our sales training for our customer Design Materials Inc. We offer sales training as part of our Strategic Business Solutions. Contact FMI today to see how we can train your sales team.

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Celebrating our October birthdays we lit the place up with two blazing (and tasty) birthday cakes for Don Palen (FMI CEO) and Paul Volpe (FMI President). Here at FMI we have a tight family and never pass up the opportunity to have some fun. Happy Birthday Don and Paul!

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Monday is our Camouflage to Corporate Conference where you can get training to start your veteran hiring program or fine tune the program you may already have. Forward March Inc. will show you how to find, attract, hire and retain high quality veteran talent in this very well received conference. Space is almost full so sign up today! We will take walk-ins on Monday as we have space, so signing up today is best.

What better way to honor the Marines than to hire them? Forward March Inc. is hosting our first Veteran Employment Transition Networking Event which is FREE FOR ALL TRANSITIONING MILITARY, VETERANS, AND THEIR FAMILIES. This event is also FREE FOR BUSINESSES WHO WANT TO HIRE VETERANS. This event is also FREE FOR SCHOOLS AND VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS. Forward March Inc. has over 35 years of collective experience bringing veterans and businesses together, come see what we can do for you, check out our Camouflage to Corporate Conference

CLICK HERE to learn more…

Veterans, Transitioning Military Personnel, and their families are encouraged to meet with employers at this free event.

Remember this conference is NOT on post. There is a gate in front of the facility so look for the Banners and balloons and follow them to the parking lot!

Camouflage to Corporate – Last Chance

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Growing Your Military Pipeline

November 17th in San Antonio, Texas!

Date: Monday – November 17th

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: General Richard G. Stillwell Reserve Center
Bldg 1520, 1920 Harry Wurzbach Highway
San Antonio, TX, 78209

Keynote Speaker: Stephen M. Speakes

President and CEO of Kalmar RT Center, LLC, USAR RET. Lieutenant General.
See Stephen Speaks bio here.

Do you want a more productive, motivated and focused staff?

Forward March Inc. would like to invite you to the Camouflage to Corporate conference, which will give you the information and tools you need to succeed in hiring the very best military candidates.  Our highly successful solution is based on the proven military leadership model and a systematic approach to organizational growth.

• Develop a military hiring strategy that wins
• Learn a tactical and practical approach to attract, hire, and retain the best
• Get results with military leadership in your workforce
• Learn from and network with military hiring experts and organizations, with over 40 years of military hiring experience
• Learn the latest techniques, tactics and procedures for building a winning team
• Learn to improve workplace-to-workplace – reception and integration
• Network with Veterans and family members
• Learn about additional transition resources and organizations
• Network with Veteran-friendly employers

Our Mission: 

Forward March, Inc. educates and engages employers, educators, and organizations about the development of a successful military and veteran hiring and retention strategy. We can assist you in networking and partnerships with veteran-friendly agencies so you can develop operational strategies for 2014 and beyond.

We are committed to: 

– Supporting our transitioning military members

– Supporting our civilian partners

– Providing outstanding customer service

Come Join Us for this Exciting Conference Series!  

Agenda:

0800-0900     Registration
0900-0915     Opening Remarks/Announcements
0915-0945     Value of a Veteran
0945-1000     Break/Networking
1000-1045     Growing a Military Hiring and Retention Strategy
1045-1100     Break/Networking
1100-1145     Tactical to Practical-Attracting, Hiring, and Retaining Top Military Talent
1145-1200     Retired General Speaks
1200-1300     Lunch
1300-1600     VET Event

*Event times are subject to change.

Event Pricing:

After November 1st – $99
Register day of event – $125

For questions or comments please contact us at: 1-888-723-6223

A portion of all proceeds from this event will go to The Fisher House and The USO.

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What better way to honor the Marines than to hire them? Forward March Inc. is hosting our first Veteran Employment Transition Networking Event which is FREE FOR ALL TRANSITIONING MILITARY, VETERANS, AND THEIR FAMILIES. This event is also FREE FOR BUSINESSES WHO WANT TO HIRE VETERANS. This event is also FREE FOR SCHOOLS AND VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS. Forward March Inc. has over 35 years of collective experience bringing veterans and businesses together, come see what we can do for you, check out our Camouflage to Corporate Conference

CLICK HERE to learn more…

Veterans, Transitioning Military Personnel, and their families are encouraged to meet with employers at this free event.

Veterans, Transitioning Military Personnel, and their families are encouraged to meet with employers at this free event.