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Gathered by Bob Kinsler, SSG (ret), US Army, DAV, VFW Dept. of Oklahoma, PRO/Editor
Military Veteran Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, On the Value of Military Service to Business Success Feb 29, 2016
Alex Gorsky is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Johnson & Johnson. Gorsky experienced a rapid and extremely successful rise through Johnson & Johnson (J&J) as well as other medical and pharmaceutical companies. Importantly, Gorsky is a former US Army Captain, a US Army Ranger School graduate, and Airborne qualified.
The 2/22/2012 Wall Street Journal, Page B1, states:
“Johnson & Johnson picked company veteran Alex Gorsky as its next chief executive, giving him the reins to a health-products giant that makes some of the world’s most well-regarded medicines but whose reputation has been battered by quality problems at such iconic brands as Tylenol. The 51-year-old Mr. Gorsky will take the helm of J&J this April as it struggles to overcome the quality problems that have cost it more than $1 billion in lost sales and forced the shutdown of a production plant. . . Mr. Gorsky is a former U.S. Army Ranger who began his J&J career as a pharmaceutical sales representative in 1988 and has held leadership positions in J&J’s pharmaceuticals and medical-device businesses.”
In a series of interviews in previous publications, Alex Gorsky credits the values, mentoring, and mission focus of the US Army as being critical to his career success as well as instrumental in leading successful business teams.
Here are a few of the outstanding business quotes where Alex Gorsky describes the full value he gained from applying his military skills to business.
- Gorsky Lesson #1: Mission Focus & a Can Do Military Culture: “[T]he military’s CAN-DO culture has helped him in business. ‘There’s a general attitude in the military of trying to do everything possible to accomplish the mission. We have the same kind of commitment to improving patients’ lives. We face daunting challenges every day, and it’s important to do our best to come up with solutions.”
- Gorsky Lesson #2: Mentoring & Coaching Is Essential to Building Talent. “David (a J&J employee) says Gorsky continued to mentor her even after he left J&J for Novartis, responding ‘almost instantly’ to emails and calls no matter where in the world he might be. “You have to be involved, and that means being approachable, making yourself available, and providing candid, specific feedback.”
- Gorsky Lesson #3: Values and Purpose Are What Build Success for an Organization. “People want to feel like they’re working for a higher purpose, for something enduring. Johnson & Johnson’s Gorsky argues that focusing on “people and values” is a key strategy to sustainable success. Using his employer as an illustration, Gorsky mentions J&J’s decades-old “credo,” which speaks to the firm’s responsibility toward customers, employees, communities and, lastly, shareholders. The credo provides grounding for employees, he says, particularly important “at a time when everything seems to be changing.”
Gorsky’s military experience proved essential to his success in leading teams, achieving business results, and being selected as the next generation leader for Johnson and Johnson.
FINANCIAL FREEDOM 4 US Veterans – Mar 1, 2016 (Mark and I have been friendly for a while, so when I saw this I knew it would help other veterans needing some ideas and at a low investment cost)
US Military Maintenance is a program of Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3 charity, dedicated to assisting US military, veterans, and their spouses.
Our purpose is to create hundreds of V.O.B.s that employ thousands of US veterans. We provide everything you need to get started and to be successful. All we ask is to be reimbursed for our initial expenses. That way, we can continue to grow and help more veterans.
Few people realize how lucrative these businesses are. Here is a simple example: A 4000 sq. ft. business takes one hour to clean. It generally pays about $1700 a month to clean 5 days a week. – If you pay a person $12 an hour to clean it, you pay $240 a month for labor. (The supplies are provided by the business account.) You make $1460 a month from that one account. Go out and get 10 or 20 0f these. There are thousands in every city; you will be making $16k to $32K a month!
I have been working with veterans since 1970 when I owned a janitorial business near 3 US bases. I hired them exclusively. My business grew to be much larger than I wanted very quickly. I sold parts of it off to transitioning military members so that they could have an immediate income upon their transition. I continued building these businesses with veterans and then passing them off to them for 30 years.
Since 2004, I have been serving veterans with my own charity. My focus is always on getting them back on their feet financially. It is my full-time job and life’s purpose.
One year ago, I started US Military Maintenance. I have 15 veterans that have started since then. I have several superstars on the team. And I have several new members that sound like they have what it takes.
If a veteran follows my advice, I promise that they will succeed. There is also the mentoring of the other USMM owners that have gotten off to a great start.
I provide everything a veteran needs to start making money the very first week. I send you all, new equipment: everything you need to clean a building. I build you two websites, get you on the first page of Google so that people in your area know that you are in business, provide business cards, bid sheets, agreements, mentoring on how to make a bid and close a sale. I provide scripts, letters, letterheads, emails. And I even get my veterans on TV, radio, in the press, and speaking engagements at clubs, chambers, and business meetings.
I also help you to find month by month accounts and day by day work in your area. — It’s like being taught how to hit a baseball by Ted Williams. Do what I say and you will be major league player.
Richard Hedges is US Army. He got started in a rural part of Kentucky. Besides several other accounts, he has the Ragu Spaghetti factory and corporate offices. — Telephone: 270-313-9994 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Page: http://www.usmmky.com/
Right now, I have been able to negotiate a huge discount with my webmaster and wholesale equipment supplier for a short time. I am passing those saving on to US veterans that need a reduced price in order to get started. For just two payments of $750 a US veteran entrepreneur can start his own business.
Mark Baird/ 760-730-3734/ email@example.com.