By Philip Dana – VP, Chief of People Operations at The Honor Foundation
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
“Phil, these Fellows are extremely impressive, but where do most of them go?” “What types of roles do Navy SEALs and other SpecOps Leaders from the military fit in my organization?”
These are just two of the questions I have the honor of answering daily, if not multiple times a day. Here is the answer based on learnings from 215 interviews of recently transitioned Navy SEALs conducted by Joe Musselman prior to building The Honor Foundation, 150+ interviews conducted by me while scouting SOF Alumni, 180 graduates of The Honor Foundation, and several well known books on the leadership culture and skills coming out of the SpecOps Forces (SOF) community….
After 180 graduates (Click for 2017’s report), I can honestly say that there are no trends other than two that standout. Entrepreneurialism and Intrapreneurialism. Entrepreneurialism is fairly common, and we are measuring nearly 55%, to include starting their own companies, side-gigging, or partnering with others in the early stages of a start-up. Intrapreneurialism is similar, but within an organization. Both worlds are defined by a CULTURE of the following terms and phrases:
There are many more attributes within a Culture that would allows a SOF leader to maximize their talents, but these are the stand-outs. So what type of roles do most of the Fellows go into, within a corporation?
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