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Are you wondering what makes military leaders so successful in business? Read in INC Magazine what the Wharton Business School found out -
Also, see what some successful Business Leaders had to say to INC Magazine about the sound principles they learned in the Marine Corps which have guided them to succeed in Business
The Few, the Proud, the CEOs
Former grunts on the Marine Corps way of doing business
Nothing can quite compare with Marine Corps training and combat service to stretch your leadership skills in bringing people together to accomplish a mission,” says Phillip Rooney, vice-chairman of the ServiceMaster Co., a building-maintenance-and-service company based in Downers Grove, Ill. Rooney, whose company employs 50,000, not only endured Officer Candidate School but was one of the select few who returned to teach there. For him and countless other ex-marines, there is no better preparation for the rigors of running a business than the intense training of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Douglas Peterson, the CEO and founder of Pete’s Lights, in Elk Grove, Ill., can quickly rattle off the 11 leadership principles he had to memorize as a new marine recruit. He goes so far as to distribute old leadership manuals from his boot camp to the crew chiefs of his 15-employee, $2-million company, which stages lighting shows for concerts and corporate events. “When one of the chiefs complains that something isn’t getting done, I will say, ‘The private’s ninth leadership principle is to ensure the task is understood, supervised, and accomplished.’ Did you do that?” explains former sergeant Peterson.
“The Marines Corps allowed us to make sure we could understand the worst- and best-case scenarios, take care of everyone else first, and accomplish the mission with minimum casualties,” says James Warren, founder of the Warren Financial Group, an investment-advisory firm in Kansas City, Mo. “Those are the same principles we consider when doing investment planning: How can we accomplish what we want to do with minimum risk in relationship to the return?” As a marine reconnaissance officer in Vietnam, Warren also learned the value of leadership by persuasion, not dictatorship. “There’s a real power of presence when you can influence people not by order but by saying, ‘Join me now. We’re stronger together than if we stand on our own.’ That sense of commitment can’t be learned in a textbook.”
Ex-marine and Quaker Oats CEO Robert Morrison recalls, “There were clear parameters that were instilled in everybody’s mind, but in an actual battle situation, within those parameters, people had incredible freedom to act.” Morrison, who earned a Silver Star and a Purple Heart in Vietnam, has found the marines’ principle of decentralization “tremendously important in business. Senior management can instill principles and guidelines, but you can’t do people’s jobs for them.”
Why Smith, Harney and Daly?
Smith, Harney & Daly LLC is a professional services firm providing nothing short of excellence in the field of executive search recruiting services. We offer our services to companies and businesses that are looking for seasoned, dependable leaders.
Our specialty lies in executive recruiting and placing prior military professionals with proven leadership qualities. Their success in the military can now be leveraged and utilized for the benefit of your company. Let an expert, prior military leader handle the challenges your company has to offer. Chances are our leaders have been in much tougher situations than what your company is currently experiencing.
Key Benefits or Working with Smith, Harney and Daly
1. Prior screening – Our prior military candidates have endured a thorough screening process for entry into the US military.
2. Culture – The US military has a culture that emphasizes integrity, dependability and doing the right thing. The environment fosters teamwork and mission accomplishment. What better profile can you ask for?
3. Professional Development -Once inside the US military, these candidates have undergone years of professional development, specifically oriented towards development as a positive, effective leader.
4. Experienced – The US military believes in preparing its leaders before throwing them into the fire. However, once the schooling and development has taken place, these leaders are thrust into leadership positions that many times require life and death decisions to be made. Their decisions are always meant to be well balanced, well thought out and have both the mission as well as the soldier’s welfare in mind. This is a delicate balancing act which requires maturity, composure and sound decision making ability. Can you use this type of person inside your organization?
5. Industry experience – Sometimes our clients want military members as they transition from service so they can train the veteran themselves. Sometimes they want someone with years of industry experience. No matter the profile, we find those veterans that meet the requirement that’s been identified.
6. Additional screening – By working with Smith, Harney & Daly, LLC, your firm will receive an additional layer of screening to ensure that the right candidate is submitted for the client’s requirements.
Examples of Leadership responsibility held by US military officers
Years of military experience # supervised size of budget responsibility
4-6 years experience 30- 50 members led 0 – $5M+
8-12 years experience 200 – 500 members led $10M- $50M+
20 – 30 years experience 1000 – 30,000+ members led $50M – $5B+
Take a look below to see some types of positions that may help strengthen your team
• High level leadership positions for retiring senior officers with several decades of battle tested leadership.
• Mid-level leadership positions for JMOs (Junior Officer Leadership Program)
• Entry-level leadership programs for vets using their GI Bill benefits
• Information technology
• Supply chain/logistics
• Human resources
• Manufacturing and operations jobs
• Store / Facility management
• Field services
Here are a few positions we filled for some previous clients
1. Chief of Staff for a Billionaire (an entrepreneur and owner of professional sports team, and major sporting event forum)
2. Over 50 Leaders for a professional services company that were to be trained in the company’s Leadership Development Program
3. E-commerce consultants for a top tier management consulting company
4. Lawyers for a worldwide organization
5. Manager for a major computer software company
So, as you can see, we have met the needs for a wide range of clients. Let us help your organization!
So, how do we do it?
We conduct a executive search to find top industry talent that just so happens to have a prior military background. We then screen them to make sure they can suit your industry requirements. Our chief goal is client satisfaction. We will only provide well screened, top industry talent and this is why Smith, Harney & Daly LLC is your force of choice.
In fact, we have so much confidence in our executive recruiting and placement process that we guarantee our results. If you are not satisfied during the initial start up period of a contract or full-time employee, that candidate will be replaced.
Our Process is broken down into three phases
PHASE ONE — REQUIREMENT IDENTIFIED
Our process ensures that we deliver candidates able to make an immediate, positive impact on your business. It begins with a thorough identification of the clients need at hand.
• Our Account Executive will discuss the issue and will develop a resource requirement
• Our Account Executive will then brief the team on the requirement and will tailor the search criteria
• The resource requirement will outline the details for the position, location requests, skill set, technical requirements etc…
• The team will then begin researching and resourcing possible candidates
PHASE TWO — CANDIDATE SCREENING
Our team of recruiters are briefed and well prepared to begin the screening process. Careful, detailed screening ensures a candidate fit.
• Candidates screened, interviewed and selected by the recruiters
• The Account Executive performs a second level of screening for confirmation
PHASE THREE — CLIENT REVIEW AND APPROVAL
Qualified candidates are presented to client to interview and the client will provide feedback to account exec.
• Our Account Executive will extend the offer to the candidate as well as inform those that were not selected.
• Your new employee begins and the Account Executive will conduct regular follow up to ensued things are going smoothly.