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BY Joel Junker

Cameron-Brooks Podcast: Episode 33 – 6 Steps for a Successful Transition from the Military to Business

Doug Orr is a United States Naval Academy ’03 graduate who served 10 years in the Marine Corps before partnering with Cameron-Brooks to transition to a business career with Russell Reynolds Associates, a leading global executive search firm, in 2013.  After four years at the Naval Academy and 10 years in the Marines, it was not an easy decision for Doug to leave the Marine Corps.  Once he made the decision and transitioned, he worked very hard to assimilate into civilian life and business practices.  He has been very successful in his four short years, and in this podcast he shares six steps he took early in his career to establish himself as a top performer.U.S. Naval Academy grad and former Marine Doug Orr provides six steps for a successful transition from the military to a business career.

  1. Work harder than anyone else.
  2. Seek out unfiltered feedback.
  3. Be intellectually curious.
  4. Be honest and authentic.
  5. Find opportunities to help others, even if just for five minutes.
  6. Find time to be grateful every day.

Additionally, Doug recommends the book, Give and Take, by Adam Grant.  I read Give and Take earlier this year and also highly recommend it.  The book makes a strong argument with hard data that “givers” are much more successful in life and careers.  Grant also outlines steps you can take to become more giving.