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Down Range: A Transitioning Veteran's Career Guide to Life's Next Phase Paperback – December 9, 2013
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Prepare for your next missiona civilian career.
A veteran's transition from military to civilian life is a major life event that requires careful planning. This career guide for veterans is unique and empowering for two reasons. First, it is written by veterans who made the transition and now lead a successful civilian business which consults with corporations large and small all over the world. Second, it explains a simple and effective planning process that has been taught to over 1 million business leaders, a process born of military experience. This book:
- Challenges veterans to change their mindset and understand just how different the "wilderness" of civilian employment and the world of business is from military experience
- Helps the reader build an adaptable long-range career "High-Definition Destination" (HDD); identify the resources needed to achieve that career; and develop strategic and tactical courses of action
- Also contains extensive tools and checklists to help veterans plan
"The Afterburner team guided me in my successful career transition using this book's methodology, resulting in my civilian job offer six months prior to retirement. Simply outstanding!"
MARK C. GARDNER, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
"Down Range gives veterans the direction and advice they need to translate their military skills and experiences into the talent sets that companies so desperately need."
JUDY MORRIS, Vice President, Human Resources, Sitel North America
"Down Range gets our vets pointed in the right direction, empowers them to take control of their post-military careers, and gives them tools to become highly successful leaders in the civilian business world."
DOUG McCLAIN, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
"Down Range lays out a very practical way for a veteran to translate and leverage military career experiences to the corporate workforce. A must-read for every Marine preparing to transition to the civilian workforce."
GARY G. TOLAR, Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
About the Author
JAMES D. MURPHY is the founder and CEO of Afterburner, Inc., established in 1996. A former U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter pilot, Murphy established Afterburner to teach skills inspired by his military training and service to business leaders all over the world. He and his team of veterans led Afterburner to its three-time recognition by Inc. magazine for "fastest growth," and made the Inc. 500 List twice. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc., Newsweek, and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg News. Author of Business Is Combat and Flawless Execution.
WILLIAM M. DUKE is a retired U.S. Navy Officer with 23 years of combined active and reserve service. He also worked as an operations and hiring manager in a U.S. Fortune 500 company for eight years. He is Director of Learning and Development for Afterburner, Inc., where he consults and trains corporate managers in a wide variety of industries. He is the coauthor of Flawless Execution Field Manual and The Debrief Imperative with James D. Murphy.
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I can say I it looks very promising with helping vets to change their mind-set-which all know is a major key problem.
I really like the debriefing sections at the end of each chapter for focused review.
It is highly supported by retired Military Officers of all Military branches; as well as the founder/CEO of Afterburner, Inc, a former USAF F-15 fighter pilot. Can't wait to digest it contents to help the vets I work with!!! Truly hope it turns out as good as it looks so far :-)
Many fine tools, advice and guidelines to practically assist our Vets.
Buy this book! It's a quick read and well worth the investment!
Yet, almost without exception, these highly trained, highly skilled, service-minded team members exit not understanding how ready they are to add value to corporate America, and how thirsty American business is for the skills they possess. They exit without a long range post-service plan and are UNAWARE they possess the ability to develop and execute that plan.
Down Range was written by veterans, for veterans, to not only bring this issue to light, but to immediately address it. No theory, no high-minded discussion of how or why - just immediate application of a process to assess the environment, create a long range plan and then execute that plan with rigor and discipline.
If you are exiting the service in the next two years, or know someone that is, I can't think of a better tool to equip that transition than Down Range.
I recently attended the Afterburner Team's transition workshop for military members sponsored by FNH USA and the anxiety regarding my upcoming transition to civilian life started to melt away. Mr. Murphy's team helped me realize that I already had all the skills necessary to be successful in the next step of my life. This book is that entire workshop easily accessible for continued reference over the next year as I prepare for retirement.
I have spent my adult life in the Army, 20 years just went by, and have been very successful. Throughout my career I've always been able to look ahead and forecast my next assignment or job. It's been easy to set goals and map the way ahead. Departing that paradigm and entering the civilian workforce was like looking ahead into a fog bank. You know you have to enter it but you have no idea what the road ahead looks like. Sure, the military takes care of its own by providing resources to help with the transition, but it's disjointed with a lot of things to still figure out on your own. Down Range isn't the road map to a smooth transition, rather, it's the instruction book on how to read the map, navigate, speak the language, and make a plan for a smooth transition into a civilian job. Teach a man to fish . . .
Down Range is going to be a constant reference for me during the next year and probably years to come. By this time next year I think the corners are going to be a bit tattered. It's a book for soon-to-be veterans by successful veterans.
All that said- what about the book?
- Overall I liked it very much and would recommend it to anyone transitioning.
- I think the LOCKED acronym is excellent in outlining the primary skills we bring to a company
- Overall the book is a good mix of philisophy & practical advice
- I would also recommend it to companies that are interested in hiring former military- as it can give insight into how we approach things.
- I gave some separate feedback to the company on a few areas I would like to see expanded or enhanced. Short version below:
- More expansion on what how to think about what you want to do- this topic is probably a book in itself- but more insight on how to think about your skill set in relation to a company (or job)
- On Location- the book makes a valid point on not locking in on living a certain place- there is truth to that. But there is also a difference in living in some locations vs. others that makes that not quite so true.
- Perhaps more discussion on salary- I know what i make now- it is the same for everybody everywhere in the military. But understanding what my worth is to a company wuld be helpful- and how companies determine salary & benefits.
These are minor things- and I am sure in Revision 2 of this they will incorporate feedback- and in their seminars (which I am planning to attend)
Anyway- Very good book and I fully recommend it!