I had the pleasure of interviewing Shawn Rhodes, global expert on pivoting in challenging environments. Today, Shawn is one of the foremost experts in helping organizations leverage change. As one of the few people commissioned by the US government to study high-performing teams in combat zones, Shawn shares what he learned with top organizations through his keynotes, nationally-syndicated business column and new book Pivot Point: Turn on a dime without sacrificing results.
In 2001, I joined the US Marine Corps and was given the interesting task of not only fighting alongside Marines all over the world, but also studying them. That journey took me to more than two dozen countries and multiple combat tours, sharing what the best were doing in the most dangerous environments on the planet.
The military provides every member with the foundation to be successful in business — the discipline, punctuality and professionalism. More than anything, it encourages everyone, regardless of rank, to learn how to be a leader. Whether you’re leading yourself or a team, those skills are invaluable.
I run my company very much like a sergeant would lead a platoon. That doesn’t mean simply giving orders. Instead, I work with my team to set our goals and encourage them to innovate solutions along the way.
Chris: What are your “6 Leadership Lessons Businesses can learn from military experience? Please share a story or example for each.
Chris Quiocho is a combat veteran and pilot. Millennial leader and CEO of Offland Media, the premier content partner for business aviation. Chris is a insightful and motivational public speaker, and an emerging thought leader in the aviation industry.
Originally published at medium.com