According to a 2017 report by the Wall Street Journal, more than 60 percent of Americans work for a company that employs at least 100 people. The remainder works for organizations employing anywhere from one to 100, so it’s safe to say the majority of us, at some point, will gain professional experience in a large organization or institution. That means many of us will know what it’s like to be the “us” abused by an insensitive “them.” It might be for a policy decision or new direction we don’t agree with. “They decided …” is a refrain I’ve heard…

How much of the “soldier” will you keep when you’re gone?

I’ve been thinking about this question a long time. Not only as a veteran but as a leader who encouraged others to develop themselves beyond their issued job descriptions. If you spend any time scrolling social media, I bet you’ve run across a veteran or two sharing their journey and offering advice. To those of us making the leap back to normal life and those who talk about accepting them. I could justify staying quiet on the topic, but then I’d be nothing more than a hypocrite, removing myself from the discourse when I routinely push everyone around me to…

This article has been revised and expanded since the original’s publication on December 10th, 2020.

In his 2011 Atlantic article, Tim Kane asks: “Why are so many of the most talented officers now abandoning military life for the private sector?” It was a good question. And still applies today to thousands of servicemembers, both officer and enlisted, who left before reaching retirement eligibility (normally after 20 years). Why would someone leave early? Do you know someone who asked to leave early? …

Arun L. Chittur

Arun is a husband, father, and coach focused on adaptive leadership and decision-making for any situation.

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