Win the 1st Battle for your Next Career

For Senior Military Leaders moving to the Private Sector

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Win the 1st Battle for your Next Career

This Course is for you if you are a senior military leader who:

Served 20+ years in the military;

Are in transition or recently retired,

Are coachable,

Ready to roll-up your sleeves to set-up yourself for success.

This course provides you with a strategic approach for your transition, so you:

  • Find a next career that you love;
  • Determine the right roles for you in the right organizations with the right values in the right industry / sector / cause by developing your compelling purpose, outlining your values, and determining the roles that will put you in a state of flow;
  • Get the right attention by the right organizations for the right reasons by positioning yourself as an expert who offers significant value;
  • Avoid wasting your time, talent, and energy in dead-end jobs or toxic cultures;
  • Stop being trapped in the resume-writing – interview-churning – "we're-moving-in-a-different-direction" hamster wheel;
  • Attract the right employers for the right reasons by developing an authentic value proposition that helps them see you as a high-payoff investment;
  • Get noticed by the right people for the right jobs by building a relevant network and conducting highly effective prospecting;
  • Avoid common interview traps and setting important work boundaries by dealing with these objections most senior military leaders face;

What's Included?

Six complete step-by-step training modules that show you exactly how to find the right second career with the right employer in the right role.

  • 6X Step-by-step modules with video and written content that walk you through the process. Worksheets will help you apply the content right away.
  • 6X weekly one-hour online group-discussions with me where you can ask questions and get lessons from me and others.
  • Unlimited email access to me during the 6-week session and beyond. I'll keep supporting you in every way that I can.
  • 1X private, 30-minute, 1-on-1 call with me to discuss your game-plan.
  • 24/7 lifetime access to the content (all digital and downloadable).
  • And we have a full support system (no question unanswered) AND a community of amazing participants (at all levels) to help support you, etc.

7-day NQA Money-back. Try the course for 7 days. If you decide it's not for you, just let me know and I'll give you every penny back, no questions asked.

90-day results guarantee. If you've done the work and are not seeing results after 90-days, I will work with you until you do or give you back your entire investment.

The online sessions begin on Monday, May 11, and run weekly. If you sign up beforehand, you get the benefit of the course and the unlimited email access to me at no extra cost.

Plus, the first 10 to register for the course get $100 off (use Coupon Code $100OFF).

If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected] and I'll get back to you right away.

This course guides you Step-by-Step:

Module 1: Determine your WHO - your Servant Leader Archetype [don't worry, you don't need to take the MBTI or other personality test again].

Module 2. Your HOW - the Values and Principles that Drive you and that help you find the Right employer [you don't want to wind-up in a place where you feel out-of-place].

Module 3. Develop your post-military WHY [It's so important and easier than you think].

Module 4. Create your Authentic Value Proposition [This module alone will get you off the Resume-Interview-Rejection hamster wheel].

Module 5. Develop your Top Prospects [No more spray-and-pray marketing of your resume].

Module 6. Handle Rejection Traps and Negotiate Effectively [Avoid getting tripped up at the finish line].


Why you need this:

  • Most veteran hiring programs are for young troopers and junior officers, not for you
  • Many companies don’t know what to do with us … and we tend not to help them very much
  • Think about this: Companies take a much higher risk in hiring you – bigger salary, bigger role = bigger risk of expensive fall out if you are not a good fit.
  • Many of our predecessors have not exactly covered themselves in glory – bad senior hires have a much larger impact than bad junior hires.
  • You need ways to help them see you as a low-risk, high-payoff hire who can add clear and compelling value to the organization.

Why Listen to Chris?

  • I've walked a mile in your boots and made every mistake that I'll help you avoid -- let my painful journey be your short-cut to success and your defense against expensive mistakes.
  • I’ve been in their shoes – I am also very selecting about bringing people into my business. My name, reputation, and livelihood are attached to it … I have rejected highly qualified people, too.
  • I know the real-world objections you are likely to face
  • I know the time-tested process for getting the right attention from the right people and how you can apply it as you search for a second career.
  • I’ve learned that you have to know yourself beyond the military in order to find a second career you love.

If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected] and I'll get back to you right away.



Your Instructor


Christopher D. Kolenda, Ph.D.
Christopher D. Kolenda, Ph.D.
Founder of the Strategic Leaders Academy, Chris works with Small Business Founders and CEOs who want to lead as your best self, build a high performing team, and execute a winning strategy. Chris operates at the intersection of Leadership, Culture, and Strategy to help your business grow sustainably. You get the right support to do the right things the right way and avoid blind spots. His clients have grown by over $25 million and counting.
Chris is a West Point graduate, internationally renowned combat leader, retired Army Colonel, business leader, and author of Leadership: The Warrior’s Art -- which has sold over 50,000 copies. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, SKY News, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. His battlefield leadership has been featured in several books, including Jake Tapper's bestseller The Outpost.


Course Curriculum


  Module 2. Your HOW - the Values and Principles that Drive you and that help you find the Right employer
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Course Outline


Module 1: Determine your WHO - your Servant Leader Archetype [don't worry, you don't need to take the MBTI or other personality test again].

Step 1. Learn about SLA's PROM Servant Leader Archetypes [this will help you target the right roles].

Step 2. Read the eBook, Build Winning Teams [you'll learn about the healthy, average, and unhealthy versions of each Archetype].

Step 3. Determine your Servant Leader Archetype [When you know your PROM Servant Leader Archetype, you can seek roles that play to your natural strengths. You will have more energy at work and at home and a much happier second career.]

Step 4. Watch the Videos on each Archetype.

Step 5. Work it in - what your Servant Leader Archetype means to you and your next career.

Rookie Mistake: Being the "I can do it all" utility infielder. You are more likely to land a soul-sucking job. Instead, seek roles that play to your natural strengths.

Module 2. Your HOW - the Values and Principles that Drive you and that help you find the Right employer [you don't want to wind-up in a place where you feel out-of-place].

Step 1. Determine the Principles and Values that Drive You. [This simple self-assessment uses the stoics' 4 Cardinal Virtues. This tools helps you define your HOW].

Step 2. Define your Ideal Workplace Culture. [This tools helps you determine what kinds of company culture you will find appealing and what will turn you off.]

Step 3. Work it in - What your HOW means to your career and prospect search.

Rookie Mistake - Failing to be intentional about the values and culture you want in your next job. You are at high risk of finding a toxic or unfulfilling workplace. That would suck. Instead, be specific about the culture and values you seek.

Module 3. Develop your post-military WHY [It's so important and easier than you think].

Step 1. Develop your WHY. [What is the compelling purpose that you seek in your next career?]

Step 2. Working it in - Define what your WHO, HOW, and WHY mean for your next career.

Rookie Mistake: Seeking a paycheck rather than a new calling. This mistake means you will spend your time looking back in nostalgia rather than forward to your next calling. Instead, be intentional about your purpose and calling for the send half - or two-thirds - of your professional life.

Module 4. Create your Authentic Value Proposition [This module alone will get you off the Resume-Interview-Rejection hamster wheel].

Step 1. Introduction to AVP and why it's more powerful than your Resume.

Step 1a. Read Bill Cates' Radical Relevance [It's free on Kindle Unlimited].

Step 2. Gather the facts for your AVP [We'll show you how to turn your military outcomes into private-sector-relevant stories].

Step 3. Write your AVP. [Do this well and you can write your resume in crayon].

Rookie Mistake. Focusing on experience over value. Which would you hire the plumber with 30 years of experience and no testimonials or relevant success measures or the one with 5 years of experience, great testimonials, and awesome quality of work? Instead, help people see the value you can bring. The unsuccessful tout their experience; the moderately successful explain their credentials. The most successful highlight their value to others.

Module 5. Develop your Top Prospects [No more spray-and-pray marketing of your resume].

Step 1. Identify your Best-Fit Connections.

Step 2. Organize your top connections.

Step 3. How to use LinkedIn to build a relevant network.

Step 4. Interview your Best-Fit Connections with these Questions [This helps you become the sniper].

Step 5. Get Introductions to the Right People [This simple method gets you in front of the right prospects].

Rookie Mistakes. Spraying-and-Praying your resume all over social media and job peddling sites. Your resume is more likely to land in the C-File rather than the C-Suite. Instead, treat prospecting like a targeting drill. Hunt the right prospects like a sniper.

Module 6. Handle Rejection Traps and Negotiate Effectively [Avoid getting tripped up at the finish line].

Step 1. The Most Important Question to Ask your Interviewer. [Here's a way to stack the odds in your favor.]

Step 2. Prepare for these Interview Traps. [Smart employers put obstacles in your way to see how well you can deal with them.

Step 3. Negotiate Effectively. [You have leverage, use it to get the salary and benefits you and your family deserve.

Rookie Mistakes. Being unprepared for basic and advanced interview traps. Instead, rehearse like the professional that you are.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! You'll get 6 zoom meetings with me. If you cannot make one, just let me know and you can watch the recording or re-schedule that session.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! You get our two famous guarantees: 7-day NQA Money-back. Try the course for 7 days. If you decide it's not for you, just let me know and I'll give you every penny back, no questions asked. 90-day results guarantee. If you've done the work and are not seeing results after 90-days, I will work with you until you do or give you back your entire investment.

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