Founder of SLA
Founder of SLA
He resigned from the government in 2014 and his leadership consulting business took off. He decided in 2017 to create the Strategic Leaders Academy so that other former senior military leaders could continue serving while having a second career they love.
“Americans love the military. They respect veterans and appreciate their service,” he said. Most companies want to hire veterans, but they tend to want the young trooper or the junior officer.
When it comes to people who have spent 20-30 years leading organizations in the military, most companies and nonprofits shy away from them. “Many private sector and nonprofit leaders find a career of military service admirable and praiseworthy, but not commercially useful. I want to change that.”
Former senior military leaders are experts in the 3 BIG things: Leadership, Culture, and Strategy. “These issues require decades of study and experience to master, but most entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders don’t have the time to do so,” Chris explained. “This is where we come in. We cannot tell you what product to make or cause to support, but we can help you grow sustainably by working with you to get the 3 BIG things right: Leadership, Culture, and Strategy.”
“Our employee engagement doubled from roughly 40% to 80% thanks to Chris’ support.”
“Chris’ strategy support helped us gain an additional $2 million in annual revenues – it was the difference between success and bankruptcy.”
“Dr. Kolenda kept me on the edge of my seat as he related his experiences and lessons from Afghanistan. As a 30-year veteran and more recent student of international-level politics and security, I could really relate, but his lessons are for more than just veterans; they are for anyone wishing to understand the role of forgiveness and understanding in conflict resolution.”