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The Dirty Dozen

Boots to Loafers® rules to live by:

  1. Faith. Always keep it and never lose it. In the 4th watch, weather the storms of life and be anxious for nothing; let your requests be made known to God.
  2. Talent. You bring world-class leadership to the table. Capitalize on that fact. You know more than you think you do!
  3. Steadfast. When things get tough, remain calm and stay focused just like you were trained to do. Your peers and senior leaders will be amazed at how unshakable you are under their version of “a stressful situation”.
  4. Confidence. Never underestimate yourself. Your work ethic and dedication to what you do will come through in the end.
  5. Process. Being a “Staff Officer/NCO” will pay very big dividends for you in the private sector.
  6. Communications. Learn the language of the private sector. There will be a language barrier, don’t fight it…adapt to it and transform yourself.
  7. Patience. The private sector seems to have a lot more gray area. Don’t be discouraged, it takes some getting used to and you will succeed. It is your new normal.
  8. Changing We to I. It is all about you and what you can do for the bottomline. Start your transition early, transform yourself, and then integrate into your new world, your new normal.
  9. Success. Find your True North. Always have a personal growth plan, a contingency plan and an exit strategy in your back pocket.
  10. Networking. Can’t say enough about it. Learn as much as you can about Finance, Marketing, Sales, Operations, and Supply Chain. Become a more valued contributor to your new team and the Company.
  11. Ambiguity. The stage we dance on in uniform! The “fog of war”, haziness of reality, the potential for misreads, and the mixed meanings of conditions; cause-and-effect confusion…the stage Veterans will excel and shine in. Cooler heads always prevail.
  12. Dress. It may seem silly to some…Suits, Sport Coats and dress cloths in general…expensive! Not only is it what do I need to wear, but what do I need to buy. Look out and don’t go crazy or you’ll go broke. Watch for sales!