"...a pick for any military veteran unsure about how to apply military training and experience to the business world. It teaches all veterans and nonmilitary professionals how to use these skills effectively to solve business problems and covers everything from the differences between a military and business environment to planning solutions, meeting goals, and improving people relationships. Very highly recommended for business and military libraries alike."
"As a former U.S. Navy jet pilot and the leader of a company that has thousands of veterans in its ranks, I can uniquely appreciate the context in which Chad Storlie’s book is written. I commend him for making this information available to transitioning military members, since it encapsulates a wide variety of guiding principles that took many of us veterans in corporate careers many years to seek out and comprehend. Whether you served four or twenty years in the military, you’ll understand how to leverage the qualities of leadership, teamwork, integrity, loyalty and resourcefulness to your best advantage. You’ll also gain great insights about the differences between the military and civilian sectors, while learning to adapt to situations where the way forward isn’t necessarily as clear as it once was in your previous career."
"My military experience provided a solid foundation for my business and public service endeavors. Veterans today need all the help and support that they can get which is why Chad Storlie's Combat Leader to Corporate Leader is an important reference for veterans interested in business."
"Combat Leader to Corporate Leader is an excellent tool for any person transitioning from the military world to the civilian world. It recognizes the skills learned in the military and uses a clear 20 lesson process to help them be applied in business. His book will help someone leaving the military get off to a fast effective start in their new job."
"Many principles of combat leadership apply equally in the business world. Whether taking a hill or doing a takeover, bonding with allied forces or partnering for a joint venture, the fundamentals are much the same. Chad nails those themes with persuasive clarity."
"As a former Air Force captain and now CEO of a global company, I have benefited immeasurably from the self-discipline and accountability instilled in me as an officer. It was not always an easy process to transition to the private sector. That’s why I applaud Chad Storlie’s effort to lay out a clear roadmap that veterans can follow as they prepare themselves, their teams and their businesses for success. I recommend Combat Leader to Corporate Leader to every veteran who aspires to the top ranks of corporate America."
"Col. Storlie fills a significant void in military-to-corporate transition literature. The author displays the unique ability to translate military experience into corporate management strategy using language that is familiar to every military leader. His numerous tables provide real-world examples of how military leadership scenarios correlate directly to business management situations. If a military member masters Col. Storlie’s '20 Lessons,' she or he will find the transition from military leader to corporate executive a much shorter and smoother journey.
"The author introduces the military reader to the subtleties of corporate politics. Most military leaders shy away from self-aggrandizement and military culture discourages such overt actions. Col. Storlie introduces the reader to 'intelligent self promotion' in the corporate world and stresses its accepted place in the overall corporate leadership structure. My advice to military members entering the commercial corporate society, if you do not read any other chapter, read the chapter on intelligent self promotion."
"A must read for every Soldier, Sailor and Marine. It is the only book of its kind that lays out a very practical way for a veteran to capitalize on the outstanding preparation that a military experience brings to a successful career in the marketplace."
"Combat Leader to Corporate Leader gives our nation's veterans a step-by-step, disciplined approach to translating their skills to today's competitive business environment. Chad Storlie provides a clear road map for men and women who wish to pursue post-military business careers."
"Combat Leader to Corporate Leader: 20 Lessons to Advance Your Civilian Career is THE field manual for combat leaders returning to civilian life. Chad Storlie has done an excellent job analyzing the business world and identifying the key actions military veterans must take to be successful. We need leadership in business and veterans can provide that leadership. Mr. Storlie’s book provides the path to make that happen."
"Chad Storlie’s book, Combat Leader to Corporate Leader, could not come at a better time. In the next several years many veterans will be entering the corporate job market. These veterans are both well-trained and disciplined to take responsible positions in major corporations. Chad’s 20 lessons demonstrate transference of skill sets by using methodologies that are easy to understand. The description of how veterans can use their skills in the business world will be valuable to both veterans and businessmen hiring these capable leaders. I highly recommend this book."
"Helping military leaders transition successfully to become corporate leaders will be good for the corporations and the country. These combat veterans bring unique skills and experiences to the private sector, but they need a framework to make this transition. This book provides that."
"Chad Storlie’s book is a home run. Having transitioned into business four years ago, I can attest that Chad’s assessment is right on target. The bottom line is this. Businesses desperately need men and women of character who walk the talk with values, who understand how to articulate a clear mission statement, who know how to hold their teammates accountable, who know how to inspire and take care of their people, and who appreciate the value of delegating authorities and responsibilities. Veterans fit this requirement in spades. I wish I had the opportunity to read this book four years ago—a must read for veterans making the transition into business."
"Chad Storlie provides an excellent resource for members of our Armed Forces as they transition from
service to their nation to service in the private sector. His lessons hit the mark as I look back on my own transition
to the not-for-profit and the for-profit sectors over the last eleven years. Chad’s lessons are not only a benefit for
transitioning veterans, but for the civilian community as well, for they provide valuable leadership lessons.
The ethical foundation of values and self discipline provided in the military transitions well to the private
sector, offering an advantage for the veteran. Chad highlights this advantage learned during military service
describing requirements of mission focus, taking care of one’s people, values based decisions and the importance
of teamwork. Military personnel are all trained in the belief that the team, the cause, the outcome is greater than
oneself – a trait uncommon in most of the commercial world.
"Chad highlights how efficiency is gained in an organization by establishing time-proven SOPs and
standards. He takes efficiency external to the organization recommending the creation of networks of experts
and contacts in the market place, much like that required when a commander builds a coalition, friendships and
other means of power when deployed on foreign soil. This book lays out how a veteran can use these services
experiences in the civilian market place.
"Chad discusses how to beat the competition using actionable intelligence, war gaming and strategic
positioning. He applies the military experience of applying risk/benefit analysis to decision making, the
importance of backup plans and conducting after action reviews for every event – a standard operating procedure
in today’s Army. These examples provide a leader with techniques invaluable to any business in today’s market.
The competitive market today is full of economic pressure, uncertainty in global affairs, chaos, adversity
and everyday crisis. Chad combines the required understanding, planning, execution and improvement lessons
learned from the military with the private sector improving a leader’s ability to position oneself and organization
for success. A must read for transitioning veterans outlining 20 key lessons of value for creating value and
"Read this smart, candid book with a pen in hand. Chad Storlie challenges veterans to fulfill our leadership potential in the workplace; then he shows us, through practical examples and memorable stories tailored to military experience, how to build careers that matter to us and our organizations."