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Military to Corporate Leadership: Maintaining Equilibrium During the Transition

Military leaders who are transitioning into the private sector often find themselves facing a very specific set of challenges. Among the more prevalent involve reconvening with a society increasingly detached from the military ethos, as well as finding one’s niche within a civilian corporate culture.

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It is commonplace for today’s companies to offer senior managers and executives the benefit of individualized outplacement services. However, when taking into account the precise needs of senior military decision-makers, transitioning services must be presented in a meaningful success-driven way.

A well-formulated senior-level transition agenda should allow transitioning military leaders the ability to concentrate on the important core issues. An effective program, such as that offered by the team at Stewart Cooper & Coon, should:

  1. Create a transition plan that is in balance with your current workload, but which also employs the proper networking and marketing requirements needed to complete a success career transition.
  2. Recognize and shift your working mind-set from “Mission and Duty” to “Profit and Loss”.
  3. Ascertain how to translate your national security and defense expertise into valued skills in the corporate workforce.
  4. Determine your value add and learn to present these marketable skills to employers in a way that allows you to negotiate your best compensation.
  5. Enhance your worth in the employment marketplace by setting yourself up for the long-term. By focusing on boosting your value in the marketplace, you are systematically heading for a well-heeled retirement status.

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Yet, the question remains, how does a military leader transitioning into the private sector workforce stay poised for success while making both the personal and professional adjustments necessary to acclimate to a non-military society?

Jason Roncoroni is a CEO and Military Transition/Executive Coach who understands the challenges of the process after completing it twice. First, as a junior officer, and again as a battalion command retiree, Jason realizes the apprehension of starting over in a post-military life. Consequently, he has provided some important insight on this very issue via the following five-part article series.

  1. How Would You Change the Military Transition Program for Senior Leaders
  2. Reintegration from the Inside Out: How to Tell a Better Story about Life Beyond the Military
  3. A Healthy DOSE of Reality for Transitioning Military Leaders 
  4. 3 Reasons Why ‘Take a Step Back’ Is Terrible Advice for Transitioning Military Leaders
  5. How Do You Find the Right Job After Leaving the Military

We at Stewart Cooper & Coon agree with Jason Roncoroni’s wise sentiment that “every veteran has the potential to be a hero”.


Fred Coon, CEO


Stewart Cooper & Coon specializes in career transition services for senior-level military decisions makers and government agency employees by assisting candidates in locating companies who welcome both their leadership and organizational talents. 

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