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U.S. Air Force Colonel (Retired) Mike Black joins the podcast to share valuable lessons learned during his Air Force career; how he planned and executed his transition; how he applied his lessons learned to perform as a successful small company Chief Operating Officer in the private sector; and, provided great advice to guide veterans as they prepare for their transition.

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Key Takeaways:

0:00 Introduction

1:50  Mike shares his experiences at the White House Communications Agency when supporting President Obama and his administration

4:30 Mike talks about performing as a Corporate Chief Operating Officer

7:45 Mike talks about his formal education and the 5 F’s: Family, Flying, Fitness, Fairness, and Fun

12:58 Mike talks about how his military experience prepared him for his own transition

15:41 Mike discusses his role as a mentor to other veterans

18:51 Mike shares what went well and what did not go well during his transition

23:00 Mike talks about leading a high performing team in the private sector

28:25 Mike explains what he’d do differently if he were to transition again

32:22 Mike shares the key questions he asked himself to decide on what he wanted to do after the military

36:27 Mike provides advice to corporate leaders on how to integrate veterans onto their teams

44:02 Mike talks about the importance of a clearly defined vision and mission and his personal vision board

51:36 Lee closes out the podcast