Michael Penney: Sharing Sea Stories, Business Plans, And Transition Tips With A USMC Vet

How can you use mission planning tools from the military to plan your business or transition?

Mike Penney served 8 years in the Marine Corps infantry, deploying three times — twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. After leaving the Corps in 2012, Mike set out as an entrepreneur. Now he is one of the hosts of Cigars & Sea Stories and the chief-contributor to bloodstripes.com. He’s also building tools and resources to help veteran entrepreneurs, including the 5 paragraph business, yes, modeled after O-SMEAC, the Marine Corps mission planning tool.

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Insights From The Interview

  • How Mike uses the 5 Paragraph order he learned as a leader in the Marine Corps to plan for his transition and businesses.
  • What he learned from training officers in the Marine Corps.

  • How Cigars & Sea Stories got started.

  • The character trap that "hurts" Mike that might also be hurting you in your career.

  • "If you’re going to go to a networking event, have a  reason to be there."

  • Approach every reason with tact, but know what you want.

  • Why some resources are lacking because they aren’t actually for their audience. 

  • Why large organizations can’t beat podcasts and blogs for information on business and career advice.

  • Why Mike’s goal is to empower others.

  • How Mike’s mastermind works and how it helps him and other veterans.

  • Why extra training is important to help vet you for your tribe.

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