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.”
“What has always struck me about Erik is his desire to help people. He cares, he listens, and he finds ways to support the needs of his clients — to help them solve their problems and grow. That’s why he is such a great fit for SLA. I am so happy to have Erik as one of our business owners. He’s a person who makes a difference for others. I love his approach on serving those who serve.”