March 22, 2021

From the Military to Entrepreneurship: Transitioning, Leadership, and More with Rob Campbell

From the Military to Entrepreneurship: Transitioning, Leadership, and More with Rob Campbell

Transitioning from the military to civilian life has many of the same challenges we see with police, but there also some distinct differences. Today, retired Army Colonel Rob Campbell joins host Adam Wills to discuss how his transition from a Commander of an infantry brigade has allowed him to launch his leadership training business, along with his VETtoCEO program. This free course helps veterans and Active, Guard, and Reserve military who are either exploring entrepreneurship as a career path choice or aggressively completing their business plan. This compelling discussion dives deep into leadership as an asset for public safety and military professionals, along with how and why entrepreneurship should be seriously considered when transitioning.

Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/026


Transitioning from the military to civilian life has many of the same challenges we see with police, but there also some distinct differences. Today, retired Army Colonel Rob Campbell joins host Adam Wills to discuss how his transition from a Commander of an infantry brigade has allowed him to launch his leadership training business, along with his VETtoCEO program. This free course helps veterans and Active, Guard, and Reserve military who are either exploring entrepreneurship as a career path choice or aggressively completing their business plan. This compelling discussion dives deep into leadership as an asset for public safety and military professionals, along with how and why entrepreneurship should be seriously considered when transitioning.

Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/026


Guest Bio

"Colonel Rob Campbell began his service in the Army as an infantry officer in 1990. In a career spanning 27 years, Rob served as the Commander or CEO of an infantry brigade of nearly 5,000 men and women in the 101st Airborne Division. He is an Army Ranger, Parachutist, and combat veteran of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rob is decorated with the Combat Infantryman's Badge and three Bronze Star medals. He served during recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

Rob has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, a Master of Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War college.

Rob has written two best-selling books, one on leadership and the other on military transition. In 2017, he founded Rob Campbell Leadership, a leadership coaching, and speaking business helping organizations grow leaders and increase employee engagement. Rob is a 30-year practitioner and student of leadership. He is a John Maxwell certified executive leadership coach and speaker.

Rob also serves as the Executive Director for VETtoCEO, a veteran entrepreneurship program. In this role he made curriculum improvements, boosted social media presence, and formed strategic partnerships.

Rob enjoys motorcycling, writing and professional keynote speaking. He is a staunch veteran and military spouse advocate and mentor. He and his wife Leslie, an artist entrepreneur and military spouse reside on the North Carolina coast. They have two adult sons: Robbie and Louden."


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Highlights from the Conversation

  • [00:41] Welcome to Episode 26!
  • [02:53] How Rob is helping military veterans at Rob Campbell Leadership and VETtoCEO
  • [05:49] The VETtoCEO course and program (it's free!)
  • [10:31] The current transition and leadership challenge
  • [14:37] Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink - Leading up and down
  • [19:02] Post-military transitioning to entrepreneurship
  • [24:13] Police and military have such a variety of skills
  • [31:00] Marketing Minute 14: The importance of inviting customers into a trusted relationship
  • [32:44] The Leadership perspective and perception
  • [35:39] How do we encourage entrepreneurship?
  • [42:07] The shift in mindset towards the transition
  • [44:46] Rob Campbell's story - an accidental military career and transition
  • [53:58] Rob closes with a few more golden nuggets of advice


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