Warriors at Work: Access the Unknown Intelligence, Wisdom, and Superpowers of American Military Veterans
60-minute Stretch Workshops
Day 2Session Code: S1-B
When: April 11, 2018
Location/Room: 200 E
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenter: Paul Riedner, Shadow Culture
There’s a tremendous asset right within your company, being underutilized. A sub-culture. Unseen. Unknown. A silent community of motivation, collaboration, courage, and ingenuity. That community—your veterans. This community is a shadow culture. People whose lived experiences aren’t typically understood or appreciated by business, or the society at large. In fact, there are so many false beliefs and negative assumptions about veterans that many vets would prefer not to be recognized as one. And that’s a loss for everyone. Because the incredible gifts that vets have to offer can only be harnessed when they’re understood. It’s the equivalent of having a 12-cylinder car and only using six cylinders.
Veteran cultural competence is a way for people and organizations to understand their vets. It’s a cultural translation. Once your non-vets recognize their value, they’ll begin to own their success. Then you’ll start to see a culture of innovation, fueled by trust and teamwork.
- Invert your fundamental paradigm from, “How can we help veterans?” to, “How can veterans help us?”
- Acknowledge the effects of synchronous group training on the orientation of an individual’s mindset toward cooperation.
- Replace false beliefs, negative assumptions, and myths about veterans with accurate information about warrior culture.