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Bill Kieffer: A No-Bs Discussion Of Success Before, During And After Career Transition

Episode 92

About Bill Kieffer: Bill is a former U.S. Army officer with over a decade of active duty service. He also possesses extensive experience as a human resource and talent management executive, with more than two decades of senior leadership roles in large, complex, global companies.

His practical, thoughtful, and results-focused approach has aided individuals and organizations in various industries in optimizing their talent capabilities and achieving their goals.

Throughout his career, he has provided coaching and guidance to military veterans, helping them make successful transitions from their military careers to the civilian, commercial work world. Having undergone this transition himself, he is passionate about supporting other veterans in their journeys to success.

The breadth and depth of his experience uniquely qualify him to offer guidance to veterans, non-veterans, teams, and organizations in effectively navigating change, acknowledging the realities of their situations, and developing and executing plans to enhance performance and achieve their planned objectives.


In this episode, Jordan and Bill discuss:

  • The journey of transition

  • The cost of sacrificing relationships

  • Cultural differences in performance management

  • The significance of knowing who you are

Key Takeaways

  • The centerpiece for success in both transition and landing a job is to understand deeply who you are. Know what makes you tick so that you can be successful and authentic, adding your real value to your work environment.

  • The three key questions are “Who are you?” “What do you bring to the party?” and “How do you define success?”

  • Departing and transitioning into a new career is a journey unto itself. Once you’ve made it, you’ve got to do something to be successful. A lot of people who transition find themselves feeling a lot of fear because of the uncertainty and the unfamiliarity of it.

  • When you sacrifice relationships for the sake of efficiency, sometimes people get hurt and the best that you’ll be able to get out of them is compliance to your position. You’ll never get commitment, camaraderie, or synergy with them.

  • Discover the culture regarding performance management when you are going into a different culture. Don’t force your ideas on people, find a way to work together in harmony.

“When you've landed, you have got to understand who you are and what makes you tick, so you can be successful and authentic and add your real value to your work environment.” — Bill Kieffer

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Jordan Goldrich

Your host, Jordan Goldrich, grew up in a loud New York family and once lost an executive position because of his style. He is co-author of the Amazon Best Seller, Workplace Warrior®: People Skills For The No-Bulls**t Executive, Chief Operations Officer, Master Corporate Executive Coach, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His guests are part of his international network of Workplace Warrior® executives, master corporate executive coaches, and thought leaders. Each guest will engage you in conversation about their successes, mistakes, and solutions. You will get strategies for being completely authentic, while you fulfill your commitment to your organization, build positive relationships, and take performance to an even higher level.

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