“What do you do?” A seemingly innocuous question we ask and are all asked so many times in our adult lives. At a party, on an airplane, when meeting someone for the first time- it’s the “icebreaker” that helps understand, or perhaps even define each other. But what’s struck me through the years- particularly since I’ve retired from the military- is what I reveal to and about myself in the answering.
The former- POW’s equally inspiring journey after combat
In March 2003 our nation’s conscious was fixated on the start of military operations in Iraq. Tens of thousands of our troops marched to Baghdad and beyond, and one of those Soldiers was Army Private First Class Jessica Lynch. While many may recall the former POW’s harrowing and inspirational story of courage and commitment, her journey and dedication to service after the military is equally heroic.
Veteran’s Day- A great opportunity to watch some seriously inspirational films. From John Wayne’s “The Longest Day” to Tom Hanks’ “Saving Private Ryan” these movies inspire generations, and while I certainly have enjoyed those and many others through the years, there’s one particular movie and very specific scene that hits me harder than all the rest- and it takes place in a cereal aisle.
A conversation with Richard Fagerlin at the SHRM Leadership Development Forum
If you reflect for a moment- you will think of that one person you may know- that someone who inspires you to be your best self. For me, that person was- and still is- Army 1LT Timothy E. Price. The young man I knew as “Tim” was a remarkable and heroic person long-before his life was cut tragically short serving in Iraq in September of 2004.
Dallas…a tough place for any Philadelphia native to visit. Yet given the mission - and company- I had nothing but excitement as I landed at Dallas Fort Worth last Thursday afternoon. I love any opportunity to meet, listen to, and share solutions with SHRM’s volunteer army- even if it’s in the heart of Cowboys’ country.
Roughly a quarter of a million veterans transition from military service each year. And while many may presume landing that next job is the most immediate -and essential- step in the process of leaving uniform, there’s a critical precursor to the resume building, job interview and hiring process: Finding your “Blue Flame.”
"Son, paint's the last thing you do when you're painting a house."
My father's words of many years ago as his naive son attempted to dive into a Victorian house reclamation that needed much more than paint. In many ways it was a parable for life- and my first real lesson in social media- a decade before social media even existed.
If I could sum up what twenty-plus years of multicultural experience afforded me during my time in the Army I’d say it’s humility- and I think many of my fellow veterans would agree.
Memorial Day weekend is many things…To my incredibly wonderful six-year-old, it’s “the time all the things open up that were closed all winter, like the pool.” Memorial Day is certainly a time for family and friends. As a veteran, Memorial Day is also a time of personal reflection- a time to remember those who we’ve served with and lost along the way. I also believe it’s a time to re-dedicate ourselves to a mission- a commitment that honors those sacrifices. While I no longer serve in uniform, I hope to have the opportunity to support those who do. And that’s the reason I’m honored to