Why Veteran-Led Businesses Get
Honesty is a virtue that is insisted upon in the military.
Truthfulness, character and the highest levels of integrity are instilled into
military members during their service.
Build Winning Teams:
Military members are taught how to build well-trained teams. Team
building is what the military is all about, and veteran business leaders
are experienced in finding, attracting, nurturing and motivating talent-- and in building
Vets Know How to Listen:
Veterans were taught how to listen. They learned how to
effectively communicate to their leaders, their subordinates, across the team
and to others that they support. Veteran-led businesses know how to
listen-- and how to communicate with their business partners and their employees.
Well Under Pressure:
Members of the military are taught to thrive in high-pressure situations; the
military demands that it be done right the first time, every time, until the
mission objectives are fully met. Clients find that veteran-owned businesses
understand the need for "we need it yesterday!" and they understand how to do it
right the first time, every time. They were trained to do this at an early age!
Vets Know How to Work:
Members of the military know how to work and enjoy seeing the results of their
labors. They know how to work hard for months or years on end— sometimes for
little reward other than the satisfaction of a job well done. Veteran-led
businesses perform at the same high levels of hard work and achievement.
Vets are Loyal:
The military teaches loyalty & fidelity to others and keeping
commitments. Veteran-led companies are known to be loyal to their
customers, their business partners and their employees. This is why most
veteran-led businesses have such a high retention rate of clients and employees.
Vets are Transparent:
Veterans were taught to be transparent in all they do-- because other members of
their team depend on them. They don't try to hide things and they will
tell you what they can do, and what they can't do. Veteran-led companies are
the same way-- their transparency and candor in their business dealings is
Vets Are Planners:
The military teaches planning and work flow process. Veteran-led companies
understand the importance of setting up processes, setting achievable milestones
and hitting goals. They like to put these same planning skills to work for
Vets Get Results:
Vets are taught to accomplish the mission
while taking care of the team. Veteran-led companies know how to set
achievable goals, how to focus and how to ensure their business partners
achieve. No excuses; they make it happen.
Vets Practice Leadership:
While most businesses practice “management” of their people, Dogwood practices
“leadership". We seek to instill each of these skill
sets listed above into our team through 1) setting high examples of
excellence for our team to follow and 2) by finding and developing
people that share these same values & skills. We are taking
what we have learned about building high-performance teams and putting it to
good use for our clients.
The Proof is in the numbers:
We believe that these important skill sets and daily practices at Dogwood are why
our clients have given us rankings in the 98th-99th percentile via Dunn &
Bradstreet-- and why we believe that have such a high retention rating of clients, business
partners and associates. We don't just talk the talk-- we walk the walk.
Please let us know how we're doing. We want to hear from you!
Ross E. Statham, Founder &
(Former United States Army)
Dogwood Management Partners LLC
(Former United States Air Force)