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The Transition Of Leadership From The Marine Corps To Corporate America With Colonel Patrick “Paddy” Gough (Ep.8)



We all know that good leadership is essential, but it’s not always clear how to become a great leader. 

In this episode, Brett Henderson speaks with Patrick “Paddy” Gough about retiring from the Marine Corps as a colonel with 30 years of active duty service and assuming a position as the Executive Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development. Together they discuss the transition from the Marine Corps to the civilian sector and how authentic leadership can be achieved.

Patrick discusses:

  • His decision to leave the Marine Corps
  • The support he received from his family in his transition to the civilian workforce
  • The importance of having the right mindset to be a leader
  • And more

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About our Guest: 

Colonel Gough has achieved over 3,800 flight hours and approximately 100 combat flight sorties, and has been awarded the Legion of Merit with two Gold Stars, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, the Air Medal with the Numeral 2, the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon and numerous other unit and personal awards. In November 2008, Colonel Gough retired from the Marine Corps with 30 years of active duty service and assumed the position as Executive Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development for the Orange County Transportation Authority. In 2018, Colonel Gough founded Poseidon Consulting LLC and is now devoting his time and energy providing subject-matter-expertise to various companies in a consultative, advisory and/or Board Member capacity. In February 2020, Colonel Gough assumed the position as CEO/President of PKL Services, Inc. and became the Vice Chairman of the PKL Services, Inc. Board of Directors.