Douglas Ward is a retired military veteran with 24 years of distinguished service. Doug held numerous leadership roles including being Troop Chief for a hand selected group of special communicators who supported and deployed with Special Operations Forces. At first Doug’s transition to the civilian workforce seemed to be working smoothly, but then the workplace environment turned toxic, ultimately resulting in Doug’s decision to become an entrepreneur.

In this candid discussion Doug:

  • Spoke the reaction he got from friends and family when he announced his plans to be his own boss
  • Shares leadership lessons he learned while deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, including dealing with Special Forces colleagues with strong egos
  • Tells us about a time when his subordinates called him out for not delegating with trust
  • Notes that for most veterans it takes 3-5 jobs in the civilian workforce before they uncover what they were meant to be doing
  • He talked about the perils older workers face and says corporate leaders need to look out for themselves
  • Gives a shout out to fellow podcast host Curt Mercadante for his recent Freedom festival
  • And tells us about the work he’s doing as an entrepreneur

It always enjoyable to speak with veterans making the transition to the civilian workplace. Doug is no exception. Enjoy…

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Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, and stories, or just make a connection.

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