Ian Gough, a premier client manager with Colonial Life, has been with the company for three years.
Here in a Q&A with WorkLife, Gough talks about the many values he learned during his time in the Marines, in addition to the honor he feels for the chance to serve.
WorkLife: In which branch of the military did you serve? Tell us about your career.
Gough: This February I will have been in the United States Marine Corps for 20 years. As the son of a Marine with 26 years of service, I joined the Marine Corps when I was 17. I served 4 ½ years in the reserves during college, and I took a commission as an officer after graduation. I spent the next 12 years flying assault support helicopters for the next 13 years supporting MEDEVACs, troop transports, search and rescues, and VIP/USO tours. In 2015 I joined a Civil Affairs reserve unit that focuses on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HA/DR) and support to displaced civilians around the world. I have deployed multiple times to war zones and countries in conflict, because of this I have good understanding of the difficulties that come with spending time away from loved ones.
Gough: The transition from military to corporate America has been an exciting learning process, and Colonial Life has been there the entire time to support my professional development. Fortunately, there have been many similarities, for example, the requirements to have critical thinking, respect, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to excellence.
WorkLife: What did your time in the military teach you and how are you applying what you learned to your corporate life?
Gough: The Marine Corps imparts and requires the implementation of our fourteen leadership traits:
I have had the opportunity to bring these critical leadership traits to Colonial Life through my two management jobs. My first management job, in the Contact Center, allowed me to utilize these leadership traits through mentoring and personal development. Currently, as a Premier Client Manager, I have had the opportunity to demonstrate these leadership traits to our clients, brokers, field offices, and internal business partners.
WorkLife: As you transitioned to your corporate career, what impressed you about Colonial Life?
Gough: As a Marine officer, my priorities have always been my Marines and the people we are supporting. When I began looking for a corporate career, I was searching for a company with a similar view. I was immediately impressed by the organizational culture at Colonial Life. In recent years there has been increased attention paid to the way we live while at work or work-life balance. This cultural transformation is apparent in many ways throughout corporate America, and Colonial Life gave me a strong impression that they genuinely cared about their culture, employees, and customers. This impress turned out to not only be an impression but a fact of Colonial Life’s workplace culture.
WorkLife: Is there anything else about your military career that you’d like to share?
Gough: There are multiple reasons why young men and women join the military. Whether it is for duty, honor, tradition, travel, benefits, education, or to start a new path, but no matter the reason for joining it is a challenge with significant responsibilities and sacrifices.
This Veteran’s Day I ask you to take a moment to think about the sacrifices that our Veteran’s make and the sacrifice’s that their families make. Please take the opportunity to thank a Veteran and their family.