Our military protects our country, and our entrepreneurs and businesspeople build our country. Christian is a rare combination of both Protector and Builder. What can business leaders learn from military leadership? In this episode, Christian Anscheutz discusses changing the dialogue about veterans from being people who need help, to showcasing their strengths and all the good they can bring to the world.
You don’t tell them what to do, you inspire them to act on their own. That is the philosophy of the Marine Corps. –Christian Anschuetz
- Veterans have a tendency to want to promote the group over the individual, so there is an innate selflessness. They also have a propensity for independent action.
- Ask people what questions they have and keep pulling that thread. We are on the railroad tracks until someone bumps us enough to realize the real issues.
- Shoot, move and communicate. That is how you win in the marines and in the private sector.
On this show, Christian talked about his experience in the marines, and the problems he faced transitioning into the business world. He also shared what makes a good leader in both the marines and private sector companies. We also talked about why companies should see veterans as a worthy talent pool instead of a group of people needing help, and how that will help build better businesses.
On this episode Christian also shared on;
- The intersection of marketing and technology and his experience working in a marketing company
- His entrepreneurial motivations
- Project RELO
- PTSD and the misconceptions that go along with that
Through their training in the military, veterans make superb leaders and are an asset that businesses should be looking to hire. They have a tendency to promote the group over the individual, and an innate selflessness which can inspire people to pull together and work towards the common goal. Veterans have the ability to inspire people in such a way that you can get them to act as one company rather than having lots of people pulling in different directions. This is becoming more and more like the plot of games ather than what is described initially here. Taking into account this text, it should still be noted that it is possible to improve what is described by introducing game techniques, a striking example of which is the experience of Friv.
Christian Anschuetz was a decorated United States Marine Corps officer and a veteran of the First Gulf War who moved into the business sector and worked in a number of highly successful companies as a CIO before creating his non profit charity Project RELO in 2016. Go to ProjectRELO.org for more information.