The FourBlock Podcast

By FourBlock

Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace. General Charles Krulak coined the term "Three Block War" to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat. But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block. FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers. Mike Abrams is an Afghanistan veteran, the founder of FourBlock, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective. Lindsey Pollak is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue. Podcast episodes are produced and edited by the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration.

  1. 1.
    Strategic Threat Intelligence: Insights From a 32-Year Veteran and Intelligence Operations Expert
    32:54
  2. 2.
    Managing Risk: Insights from a Senior Insurance Industry Leader
    28:07
  3. 3.
    Build It, Break It, Fix It: Insights from a Navy Submarine Veteran and Data Analytics Entrepreneur
    40:22
  4. 4.
    The Secret Sauce: A U.S. Air Force Veteran and Entrepreneur Shares Her Story
    33:04
  5. 5.
    Never Forget: Reflections on 9/11 and the War in Afghanistan
    4:01
  6. 6.
    Life is a Series of Transitions: A U.S. Air Force Veteran Turned Chef Shares His Story
    43:19
  7. 7.
    Exploring the Military Dependent Experience: Insights from the Daughter of an Active-Duty U.S. Marine
    25:17
  8. 8.
    Leadership Scalability: Lessons from a Senior Defense Executive and Air Force Veteran
    56:06
  1. 9.
    A Letter to the Force on Afghanistan
    3:10
  2. 10.
    Continuing the Mission: How a U.S. Army Veteran is Paying It Forward
    36:27
  3. 11.
    MicroInequities, Micromessaging, and Managing Unconscious Bias
    4:38
  4. 12.
    Good Leadership Boils Down to Three Key Behaviors
    5:57
  5. 13.
    Veterans on Wall Street: Insights from a Senior Finance Expert
    33:02
  6. 14.
    Managing Dual Corporate and Military Careers: Insights from a Veteran Senior HR Executive
    38:05
  7. 15.
    In Memory of the Chattanooga Fallen Five
    6:45
  8. 16.
    The Story of a Vietnam POW Who Sewed a Flag Inside His Shirt
    3:48
  9. 17.
    How an Entertainment and Finance Executive Developed a Special Bond with a WWII Medal of Honor Recipient (Part II)
    25:11
  10. 18.
    How an Entertainment and Finance Executive Developed a Special Bond with a WWII Medal of Honor Recipient (Part I)
    37:09
  11. 19.
    Blazing a Trail: How a Marine Mustang Continues to Serve Her Community
    38:44
  12. 20.
    Military-Ready: Building a More Diverse & Inclusive Workforce
    29:52
  13. 21.
    Determined to Defy Statistics
    35:33
  14. 22.
    FourBlock Spring 2021 Celebration
    1:03:17
  15. 23.
    Goodbye to G.I.
    2:56
  16. 24.
    Decades Later, Three U.S. Army Colonels Reunite with Their Former Command Sergeant Major as FourBlock Students
    47:54
  17. 25.
    Don’t Do It Alone: Transition Advice From a 21-Year Army Veteran
    31:37
  18. 26.
    Leadership Advice from One of Atlanta’s Most Admired CEOs
    32:16
  19. 27.
    “The present moment is an endangered species and baseball saves it”: Reflections on Baseball and Mindfulness
    4:33
  20. 28.
    Paying It Forward: How an Air Force Veteran and FourBlock Alumnus Is Helping Others Transition
    28:54
  21. 29.
    “Even in My Moment of Deepest Despair, I Couldn’t Quit”: A U.S. Army Colonel’s Remarkable Story of Courage, Recovery, and Perseverance (Part II)
    35:43
  22. 30.
    “Faith Is Being Able to Walk in the Dark”: A U.S. Army Colonel’s Remarkable Story of Courage, Recovery, and Perseverance (Part I)
    25:15
  23. 31.
    A Marine Raider’s Story of Recovery and Path to MedTech Entrepreneurship (Part II)
    23:06
  24. 32.
    'You’re Shot, You’re Paralyzed, You May Never Walk Again’: A Marine Raider’s Story of Recovery and Path to MedTech Entrepreneurship (Part I)
    26:11
  25. 33.
    Future Strong: A Conversation about Veteran Career Transition with Cappfinity
    34:08
  26. 34.
    Breaking Down Barriers: An Army Linguist’s Journey from Iraq to Tesla Government
    30:45
  27. 35.
    Healing Yourself by Healing Others: A Candid Conversation About Post-Traumatic Growth
    27:41
  28. 36.
    How a Marine Grunt Broke into the Intelligence Community
    25:26
  29. 37.
    Technology as a Career Path: A Conversation with a Leading IT Recruiter
    26:06
  30. 38.
    Playing Hardball – Transition Lessons in Sports
    30:23
  31. 39.
    From Combat to Cosmetics: A Marine’s Transition from the Battlefield to the World’s Largest Beauty Company
    21:57
  32. 40.
    Veteran Career Readiness: A Conversation with Orion Talent
    44:58
  33. 41.
    Mission to Mars: A Conversation with a Veteran at SpaceX
    30:20
  34. 42.
    Our Most-Downloaded Episodes: #1 - How to Live a Life of Significance
    43:51
  35. 43.
    Our Most-Downloaded Episodes: #2 - A First-Generation American’s Obligation and Privilege to Serve
    50:13
  36. 44.
    Our Most-Downloaded Episodes: #3 - How to Seize Opportunity in Your Career and Market Yourself as a Veteran
    1:00:38
  37. 45.
    Our Most-Downloaded Episodes: #4 - Check Your Privilege: Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Research Findings
    56:01
  38. 46.
    Our Most-Downloaded Episodes - #5: The Most Powerful Moves You Can Make in Your Career Search
    30:01
  39. 47.
    Pietas
    2:36
  40. 48.
    Debts and Lessons
    2:12
  41. 49.
    Assessing a Company’s Culture
    4:52
  42. 50.
    Cultural Stress in the COVID-19 World
    35:09

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