from American Express Open Forum
The lessons veterans learn while working as cohesive, well-orchestrated teams for the U.S. military help empower them to be effective business leaders. Here 18 veteran business owners share the lessons they learned in the military that have led to business success.
The Power of Intense Focus
“There are times when a business owner is faced with situations that come with a lot of noise. My military background helps me stay on task and focused on getting from Point A to Point B. The ability to silence distractions is a critical business skill that allows me to quickly assess situations and identify solutions that yield positive outcomes. This ability to keep my bearings allows me as a veteran business owner to focus more on what people are saying rather than on how they say it.” —John O’Hara (U.S. Marine Corps), president of TOP/SF, a division of The O’Hara Project
“In order to achieve a mission, the military taught me that it takes a team watching each other’s backs while doing their individual best. That’s why the military has training exercises and holds everyone accountable. At my company, I ensure that we strategically choose team members and fully train them so they can offer their best efforts. Everyone is also held accountable for their work.” —Mike McKim (U.S. Navy), CEO and founder of Cuvee Coffee