The New Veteran’s Creed

I am an American Veteran.

A collective of eleven prominent veterans’ organizations have announced the establishment of a new Veteran’s Creed. Retired General George Casey, former Chief of Staff of the Army and one of the driving forces behind the creed’s creation, explained that “it can serve as a unifying concept to remind veterans of the value of their military service, to inspire veterans to continue to serve and lead at local, state, and national levels, and to push them to continue to excel.”

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Professional Networking 101, Episode 2: Meeting Preparation and After Actions

In Professional Networking 101, Adam Braatz of postmilitarypro.com shares insights and experiences related to professional network development — usually while traversing to/from a networking connection.

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Professional Networking 101, Episode 1: High Volume Network Development

In Professional Networking 101, Adam Braatz of postmilitarypro.com shares insights and experiences related to professional network development — usually while traversing to/from a networking connection.

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One Simple Phrase Can Make Veterans Uncomfortable

“Thank you for your service.”

A complete stranger burst into tears and hugged me at an airport once.

I was in uniform with a crew of six others in the boarding queue, about to embark on the first leg of our journey to the Middle East. Continue reading “One Simple Phrase Can Make Veterans Uncomfortable”

Integrity Matters: Punctuality

Our time is valuable.

I am writing this post while sitting alone at a fantastic local brewery. It’s currently 4:16, and my 4:00 appointment still has not arrived. At this point, it’s probably better if he doesn’t show up at all. And this guy is a veteran, too. Continue reading “Integrity Matters: Punctuality”

3 Reasons Why Following Through on Book Recommendations Will Make You an All-Star Professional

Not a big reader? Don’t scroll past this post; neither am I.

Have you ever had someone you respect recommend a book to you? Have you ever had an important meeting with someone who has written a book themselves? Most of us could answer “yes” to those questions. Now, how many of you have actually followed through on reading said books? My guess is there are way less of us who can answer that one in the affirmative. The simple act of knocking out a few chapters can elevate you to superhero-level professional status. It may be the single most effective networking tool in your arsenal. Allow me to explain how and why. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why Following Through on Book Recommendations Will Make You an All-Star Professional”