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From One Winning Career to the Next

Transitioning Public Sector Leadership and Security Expertise to the Business Bottom Line

In From One Winning Career to the Next, author J. David Quilter expertly guides the security professional through the corporate landscape. Having transitioned into the private sector from a long career in public service with the DEA, Quilter offers valuable perspective on the differences in culture and priorities between the public and private sectors, and how those differences can affect efforts in organizational security.

Readers will benefit from the author’s insights on researching and joining a new organization, exploring a business’ structure and culture, and getting to know the executives and leaders within a business. Chapters contain practical advice on specific challenges (crisis management, assaultive behavior, threats to corporate assets, etc.), forming an effective team, and making a business case to gain executive support for a security agenda.

This book is vital background for security professionals considering career changes. It will also aid those in established positions in their efforts to communicate, strategize, and implement security programs and goals within a business.

From One Winning Career to the Next is a part of Elsevier’s Security Executive Council Risk Management Portfolio, a collection of real world solutions and "how-to" guidelines that equip executives, practitioners, and educators with proven information for successful security and risk management programs.


Mid- to upper-level security managers; security practitioners transitioning from government or military service to the private sector; and anyone interested in learning more about successful security leadership in a variety of corporate settings

Paperback, 148 Pages

Published: March 2013

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-411594-1


  • Chapter One: A Security Leader’s Journey

    Chapter Two: A New Road Beckons

    Chapter Three: Reconnaissance (Before You Sign On)

    Chapter Four: Walking the Trail (After You Sign On)

    Chapter Five: Learning the Business

    Chapter Six: Challenges

    Chapter Seven: Losses and Gains along the Way

    Chapter Eight: Companions on the Journey

    Chapter Nine: Moving toward the Destination


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