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Mastering the Art of Unlearning: A Veteran’s Guide to Corporate Transition

16th May 2024

Transitioning from a structured military life to the corporate world can be a daunting task for veterans. It’s not just about learning new skills but also about unlearning some military habits that may not align with corporate culture. Here’s a guide to help you navigate this journey with ease:

1. Hierarchical Communication

In the military, communication follows a strict chain of command. In the corporate world, it’s more collaborative. Unlearn the habit of waiting for orders and start engaging in proactive communication.

2. Formal Titles

While military ranks are crucial, corporate environments often use first names. Unlearn the formality and get comfortable with a first-name basis to foster a friendly workplace atmosphere.

3. Risk Aversion

The military teaches you to minimize risks. In business, however, taking calculated risks can lead to innovation. Unlearn the fear of failure and embrace opportunities to innovate.

4. Black-and-White Thinking

Military decisions are often clear-cut. In the corporate sector, there’s more gray area. Unlearn binary thinking and get used to weighing multiple perspectives before making a decision.

5. Immediate Compliance

Instant obedience is valued in the military. In the corporate world, questioning and understanding the ‘why’ behind tasks is encouraged. Unlearn immediate compliance and practice thoughtful questioning.

6. Uniformity

The military operates on uniformity and conformity. Corporates value individuality and diversity. Unlearn the one-size-fits-all approach and celebrate unique contributions.

7. Information Control

In the military, information is often on a need-to-know basis. Corporates thrive on information sharing. Unlearn the secrecy and practice open communication.

8. Fixed Roles

Military roles are well-defined. In corporate, roles can be fluid and dynamic. Unlearn the fixed mindset and be prepared to wear multiple hats.

9. Sole Reliance on Chain of Command

Decisions in the military go up the chain of command. In corporate, you’re often empowered to make decisions. Unlearn sole reliance on superiors and build confidence in your judgment.

10. Resistance to Change

The military environment can be resistant to change due to its structured nature. Corporates are constantly evolving. Unlearn resistance and become an agent of positive change.

Remember, unlearning is as important as learning. It’s about adapting your valuable military experience to fit into the new corporate narrative. Embrace the change, and you’ll find success in your new mission.

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