THE DYNAMICS OF A LEADER, YESTERDAY AND TODAY

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By Jimmy Burgess

During this three-piece article on leadership, I intend to bridge the gap between military and corporate leadership, leadership of “yesterday” and leadership of “today.”
Part one is going to focus on the subtle and fundamental changes that have gradually occurred, not from the leadership side,but from those who are led.  Today’s leaders face a unique challenge: Out with the old, in with the new. And no, I am not talking age groups. I am talking technology.

We are living in a time when technology is more advanced than it has ever been.  Daily, there are changes, updates, new programs coming out and old programs rendered “obsolete.”As leaders, we need to recognize the dynamics of those we look to lead.  Baby boomers have been labeled as “unwilling to change.” At the other end of the spectrum, millennial’s have been labeled as “lazy,” and“unwilling to earn their keep.”  Obviously,this is not a fair generalization of either age group, but it’s out there. As a leader, how do you challenge those you lead to separate themselves from this thought process?  Baby-boomers, Generation X and Ys, and Millennial’s alike all have a unique method and approach to daily tasks. Leaders of today face a great challenge: stay ahead of the wave of change and forge the leaders of tomorrow with the widest gap of age differences ever seen.

The United States military is one of the best examples of said “melting pot.” Military Leaders entering the civilian workforce are coming in with experience in their ability to accomplish the mission with the widest array of personnel demographics.How have they been so successful? Can they continue that success in the civilian sector? Of course they can.  They have experience. They work well under pressure.  They meet deadlines.  They are team oriented.  As a battlefield leader, you do not have to be a subject matter expert of every single piece of equipment in your squad,  platoon or company to be a successful leader.  A successful leader must remain humble.  They must realize they cannot possibly know everything at every moment.  There are measures in place to assure that even when the leader isn’t present, the next man below them can step in, and the next, and the next.  Battlefield dynamics suggest even the best leaders can, and do fall in combat. Proper training ensures that even the lowest ranking man, if needed, can accomplish the mission on the battlefield.  The same should bes aid for ANYONE who is a leader or will be one in the future.

As a leader, the key is to recognizing talent.  Every day should be an evaluation of those that look to someday replace you as you climb the corporate ladder or move on.  As a leader, the product you make is no longer what your company makes.  Those
days are gone.  Your responsibility and focus should be on the health and welfare of
those you lead. Is that your focus? Leaders MUST grow future leaders.  The United States military has an amazing assessment process in place.  The NCOER (Non-commissioned Officer Evaluation Report) and OER (Officer Evaluation Report). Yearly, NCOs and Officers receive one of these to assess their progress, address strengths and weaknesses,
and how to improve through personal and professional development. Does your company have a similar system in place? For a company to have a successful program, a
leader must be able to assess and analyze their subordinates with the full intent of
growth and progression.

If you believe your company needs a program like this to help strengthen your ranks, there are many resources available to generate a similar program online. Or, feel free to send me an email and I would love to assist you in improving your leadership (and future leadership) core.

Jimmy Burgess is the Director of Leader Development and Elite Leader Training for Forward March Inc., a veteran-owned company designed to help companies with military hiring programs and leadership training. Burgess spent 12 years in the Army and did three tours in Iraq with the only Special Operations Aviation Unit in the
Army.  He can be reached at www.forwardmarchinc.com or email him directly at
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I am an Elite Leader: Team Alorica

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Lead, Develop, and Achieve!  The Leader and the Led  This was the message as Team Alorica embarked on its Elite Leader Training and Team Building at the D-Day Adventure Park.  It was a four-phase event that kicked off with a Leadership development class, progressed to the obstacle course, then on to active team engagements where the teams were challenged to collect critical intel and documents that served as the instructions for the final Team Alorica mission. The mission? to capture the High Value Target at a predetermined location, and then to fly the American flag to indicate mission completion and success.  The Elite Leader Training is progressive leader development from education to application, like the military applies battlefield to boardroom.  It’s an effective way to build camaraderie and morale while integrating military leader training, teamwork, mission preparation and execution.

Team Alorica, investing in and growing their leaders! Hooah!

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The day began with leadership training, continued to the team building course and then grew to 3 challenge courses and then culminated in a combined final mission.

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Team Ranger, Team Delta and Team Shadow Warrior competed all day to win the Elite Leader Team award.

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20170413_115907Our Elite Leader Team Award went to Team Delta!  OOH-Rah!

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We at Forward March Inc. had the distinct pleasure to watch 15 Team Alorica members come together and grow as leaders today.  Today Team Alorica has become Elite Leaders!

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Operation Elite Leader – Joplin, MO

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Final preparations are underway for Operation Elite Leader – Alorica’s  – Leadership Training and Team-building mission scheduled for 13 April.  In the past 30 days, members of FMI’s Elite Leader Cadre  have been planning and coordinating the innovative military-style leadership training at D-Day Adventure Park in Wyandotte, OK. FMI strives to provide the BEST and most realistic possible leader development and team-building experience.

Stay tuned for upcoming news and videos over the next couple of days leading up to the training event.

Jimmy Burgess – Director of Leader Development, FMI, Team Joplin

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If you would like more information on Elite Leader Training and Team Building for your company or organization:

 

 

Why You Need Leadership Training and Where to Get It

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out out be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. “
– Douglas McArthur

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Leadership makes a difference. Maybe its your little league team mates that rally behind the third base man because of his third grade charisma. Maybe its that college professor you had that taught lessons “outside the box” and opened your eyes to a new way of seeing. Perhaps it was that Master Sergeant that trained you and your team how to prioritize and organize your actions for mission success. Maybe leadership strikes much closer, in the home, as you model the kind of integrity and behavior a grown man or woman should have for your children. No matter where you look, leadership makes a difference.

Leadership makes a difference. Not everyone can be a successful leader, at least not in every instance. One thing that all five branches of the military teach is that effective leadership can be trained. For more than two hundred years the military of the United States has been developing, honing, and deploying methods of leadership that have resulted in the finest military the world has known to date. Those who leave military service with strong leadership training go on to adapt their leadership skills to civilian life. Companies who hire these veterans with strong leadership skills benefit greatly from having them in their organization, but that is another article.

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Like all successful companies and organizations you are looking for strong leadership in your company and that comes from quality leadership training.

Companies and organizations regularly seek out leadership training for:

  • Senior management
  • Mid or lower management
  • Corporate executives
  • Departments or teams
  • Team leaders

What is effective leadership training?

Leader development refers to enhancing leadership effectiveness, both at the individual and organization as a whole. Leadership development activities range from MBA style programs offered at university business schools to action learning, high-ropes courses and executive retreats.

Traditionally, leadership development has focused on developing the leadership abilities and attitudes of individuals. Just as people are not all born with the ability or desire to play sports, not all people are natural born leaders. Different personal traits and characteristics can help or hinder a person’s leadership effectiveness and require formalized programs for developing leadership competencies. Everyone can develop his or her leadership effectiveness which takes focus, practice and persistence more akin to learning a musical instrument than reading a book.

Classroom-style training and associated reading is effective in helping leaders to know more about what is involved in leading well. However, knowing what to do and doing what you know are two very different outcomes. It is estimated that as little as 15% of learning from traditional classroom style training results in sustained behavioral change within the workplace.

Why is it important to you?

Simply put, leadership training gives you

  • Substantive measurable results
  • Boosts performance
  • Higher quality mission execution
  • Boosted morale and motivation
  • Implementation of proven best practices for leadership
  • Quality training from highly experienced trainers

If your leadership training program does not boost performance, execution and motivation then you have the wrong form of leadership training in place. Quality leadership training will boost performance, quality of execution and motivation. Military influenced leadership training can employ best practices that have been developed over a very long period of time by the military. Quality military leadership trainers bring experience in “connecting” the information to the trainee in a way that insures a greater return on investment through a higher and more consistent grade of leaders.

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Where can you find leadership training that gets results?

We grow leaders like no other! 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!


Check out some of our past articles on Leadership 

“Why Invest in Leadership Development” https://forwardmarchnews.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/why-invest-in-leadership-development/

Check out our article “Strong Leadership for Mission Success” https://forwardmarchnews.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/strong-leadership-for-mission-success/

Don’t just take our word for it, spend some time reading about military style leadership development through some of these interesting articles and posts:

Business Insider recently posted some insights on military leadership that listed attributes such as authority and consistency as well as compassion. You can read that article here… 

Entrepreneur Magazine posted an article 10 Lessons from America’s Greatest Military Leaders. 

Fast Company posted a nice article “7 Tough Leadership Lessons from a Navy Seal Commander – Taking Tactics from the War Room to the Boardroom ” Read it here…

Forbes Magazine “Six Creative Leadership Lessons from the Military In an Era of VUCA and COIN” Read it here…

Start Your Own Veteran Owned Business!

riskYesterday the Houston Chronicle posted an article on Veteran Business Owners. You can read the article here… The slideshow at the top of the article highlights a diverse and successful group of military veterans who have gone into business for themselves.

According to the Small Business Association Office of Advocacy veterans make up approximately 9.1% of business owners. Veterans have a long standing history of leaving or retiring from military service and venturing out as small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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You can learn more in our previous article “Start Your Own Veteran Owned Business” here…

If you are a veteran who has some training, or who wants to start a new career field, you should take a few moments to check out the Goodwill Career Academy. From CDL truck driver training to information technology Goodwill Career Academy offers a lot of opportunity for veterans. The training offered here is fast tracked, has convenient hours and can utilize your military educational benefits to offset the cost which is lower than most trade schools or local colleges.

Check out some of these great opportunities. While they are in the San Antonio area they can give you the details you need to go and look for something in your area that is similar. Programs such as these exist in many cities across the U.S.

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For information on how to apply for this opportunity call 210/924-8581 (ext. 5907).

Veterans who wish to go down the road of entrepreneurship have a lot of opportunities today to learn, get mentored and find proven methods of business success. If you are interested in joining the ranks of veterans who own their own business then you will definitely be interested in some of the outstanding opportunities available to you right now. Many of these opportunities are free for veterans! While many of these opportunities are in the San Antonio area we encourage veterans to look into their local Chamber, SBA, and university locations to find out if programs like this are being offered in their location.

We posted a while back that the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is “re-booting” their entrepreneurial boot-camp for military veterans. You can learn more about that here.

Veterans who want to join the SBA and start down the track of entrepreneurship shouldcheck out the latest article on the San Antonio Business Journal site. The SBA is extending their fee waiver program for veterans through 2015!

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Veterans and transitioning military interested in starting their own business should also check out the San Antonio Small Business Development Center at UTSA. This program offers a number of benefits including special veterans assistance.

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Forward March Inc. has an outstanding relationship with our customer Fred Astarie Dance Studios. You owe it to yourself to check out our previous post to learn more about the outstanding opportunities for employment and even franchise ownership with them.

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For veterans who want to learn a new skill, or expand on a skill-set should check out the fine folks over at Workforce Solutions Alamo and Alamo Colleges are collaborating to offer short-term skills development programs in the areas of Information Technology, the Manufacturing Industry and Aerospace. Learn more here. 

Why Invest in Leadership Development?

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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

Start Your Own Veteran Owned Business

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According to the Small Business Association Office of Advocacy veterans make up approximately 9.1% of business owners. Veterans have a long standing history of leaving or retiring from military service and venturing out as small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Today there are more opportunities for Americans to start their own business than ever before. There are a multitude of ways that you can start your own business from franchises and licensing opportunities to buying into existing businesses and sales distribution markets, just to name a few. Starting a home-based-business is also always an option and many people exercise this option with varying results. The reasons for business failure are varied but one thing that helps ensure success is a good business model and sound business planning.

Many opportunities touted in the “sharing economy” and in the world of multi level marketing (MLM) promise great financial futures but the statistical reality is that few people who embark in these ventures ever make the income they dreamed of making when they started. These kinds of business “opportunities” have been in the news again with the public commitment of Uber to bring 50,000 vets onboard. You can read about what is going on with that here. 

If you want to avoid the pitfalls of becoming another statistic in these markets you can mitigate your risk. Take your time, and research the business you are getting into. If a business opportunity sounds too good to be true, conventional wisdom dictates that it probably is. However, no harm comes from doing your homework and researching opportunities. Entrepreneur magazine has some great advice on how to research a business opportunity. You can find their informative article here. 

Veterans who wish to go down the road of entrepreneurship have a lot of opportunities today to learn, get mentored and find proven methods of business success. If you are interested in joining the ranks of veterans who own their own business then you will definitely be interested in some of the outstanding opportunities available to you right now. Many of these opportunities are free for veterans! While many of these opportunities are in the San Antonio area we encourage veterans to look into their local Chamber, SBA, and university locations to find out if programs like this are being offered in their location.

We posted a while back that the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is “re-booting” their entrepreneurial boot-camp for military veterans. You can learn more about that here.

Veterans who want to join the SBA and start down the track of entrepreneurship should check out the latest article on the San Antonio Business Journal site. The SBA is extending their fee waiver program for veterans through 2015!

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Veterans and transitioning military interested in starting their own business should also check out the San Antonio Small Business Development Center at UTSA. This program offers a number of benefits including special veterans assistance.

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Forward March Inc. has an outstanding relationship with our customer Fred Astarie Dance Studios. You owe it to yourself to check out our previous post to learn more about the outstanding opportunities for employment and even franchise ownership with them.

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For veterans who want to learn a new skill, or expand on a skill-set should check out the fine folks over at Workforce Solutions Alamo and Alamo Colleges are collaborating to offer short-term skills development programs in the areas of Information Technology, the Manufacturing Industry and Aerospace. Learn more here. 


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

Don’t forget, that if you are a veteran or transitioning military and you are looking for employment or a career change make sure you check out our FREE Veteran Employment Transition Networking Event on November 17th. Details can be found here. 

If you represent a company, organization, or educational institution this VET Networking Event is free for you as well.  Forward March Inc. is committed to continuing our 35+ year history of bringing veterans and companies together to make careers happen! Details can be found here. Make sure you check out or Corporate to Camouflage Conference where we teach businesses and organizations the art of finding, attracting, hiring and retaining veteran talent.



Our Camouflage to Corporate Conference can get you on the fast track to developing a Veteran Talent Pipeline. November 17th, San Antonio, Texas.