Borrowing a leaf from the army

Ronald Fowlkes is a former member of the Marine Corps and the St. Louis SWAT team. For over twenty years, Ronald Fowlkes has actively participated in the development and the acquisition of quality gears in security departments. He is currently serving at the managerial position in the area of business development for Eagle industries. Being in the army over an extensive period, Ronald Fowlkes was exposed to a lot of different cultures that have guided him in the various areas of his life, particularly in his business. The army has pretty much shaped his whole being which he feels indebted to.

Firstly, he owes the success of his business to the military’s ability to ingrain in him the need to pay attention to detail. Not just in critical tasks but everything. For example, most salespeople just want the customers to buy the goods, and that’s it. They have no intention of ensuring that the particular product suits the customer’s needs. They want to make the sale and leave. However, in the case of Ronald, he constantly and consistently follows up with his customers to ensure that their needs are satisfied and what points he needs to improve on. This has earned him loyalty from his customers because he has their needs as top priority.

At his time in the army, Ronald went to a boot camp in Pendleton where he was taught on weapon systems. During this time, personal performance was key, and he was taught how to integrate it to a larger unit. This has come in handy where he can teach his employees to pull in the best of their resources to ensure the success of the company as a whole.

His time at Okinawa shaped his mentality which he uses till today whereby in his firm, everybody could do everybodys. This has enabled him to mitigate the risk of operation failure in case someone is not able to show up for work; someone could easily take over. He also learnt the art of working hard and playing hard too. This was because, after long hours of hard work, he used to enjoy scuba diving at Okinawa. He has learnt to take breaks after intensive work to enable him to go back to work again with a refreshed mind.

Not only has his military experience shaped his business life, but its effects also extend to how he even raises his children. His son, who plays in the hockey team, is incessantly encouraged to learn how to coordinate with his other teammates even when he does not like them. That he has to put aside his feelings and focus on the goal to be achieved. Ronald is always there for his children whom he raises them to be honourable, respectful and accountable.

 

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