After being shot at, deciding which logo to go with is sort of easy

20 08 2015

“Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.” ~William Shakespeare

One of the things that I’ll be working on today is getting my head around all of the different military initiatives that we have here at work, and putting together a communication to all staff, so that they all know what services we can offer to veterans and their families.  We’ve got more than 12 confirmed veterans on staff, and another 10 or so military spouses employed here.  While I served, nobody ever shot at me, and I’m in awe of the heroic work done by those who volunteered to be on a battlefield representing the values of democracy with honor.  That’s why, all else being equal, I’ll hire a veteran over a civilian every time.

Once someone has faced what many of our veterans have faced, I can hire them knowing that some small “business thing” can be handled decisively.  It’s a matter of perspective.  Trying to defuse a live land mine (been there) has a certain amount of stress that goes along with the job.  After that, deciding whether we’re going to have a 1 or 2 page authorization form, or using this logo versus that logo sort of pales in comparison.  I suspect that being the spouse of a veteran who is off risking their life makes having that “difficult coaching conversation” with a troublesome employee just a little bit easier to have, by way of comparison.  So, if you know a veteran in the workplace who seems to make very quick decisions, and acts on them, consider what they might have done in the past, and thank them for their service, and decisive leadership. They won’t always be right, but then again, none of us can say we are.

Speaking of dear (and life)…

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Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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