From One Winning Career to the Next

From One Winning Career to the Next

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

2nd Edition - March 26, 2013

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  • Author: J. David Quilter
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124116092
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124115941

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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.

Key Features

  • Provides tips for all aspects of a career change, including narrowing the job search, preparing for an interview, presenting yourself in an interview, researching a company, and evaluating a position
  • Prepares security leaders for specific challenges they may face during the transition into a new position
  • Includes easily adaptable, on-the-job lessons for a newly hired security leader


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

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. A Security Leader’s Journey

    • 1.1 Company One
    • 1.2 Company Two
    • 1.3 Company Three
    • 1.4 Company Four and Company Five

    Chapter 2. A New Road Beckons

    Chapter 3. Reconnaissance (Before You Sign On)

    Chapter 4. Walking the Trail (After You Sign On)

    Chapter 5. Learning the Business

    • 5.1 Lesson #1: Be Prepared to Move Through Obstacles
    • 5.2 Lesson #2: Simplify the Jobs of Your Coworkers
    • 5.3 Lesson #3: Identify Your Allies
    • 5.4 Lesson #4: Identify and Visit Key Facilities
    • 5.5 Lesson # 5: Make Haste Slowly
    • 5.6 Lesson #6: Stay in Touch with Your Peers
    • 5.7 Lesson #7: Maintain Your Sense of Humor
    • 5.8 Lesson #8: Perfect Your Support Skills
    • 5.9 Lesson #9: Exceed Expectations
    • 5.10 Lesson #10: Be Aware of Slippery Slopes
    • 5.11 Lesson #11: Choose to Sprint!
    • 5.12 Lesson #12: Explore Communication Pathways

    Chapter 6. Challenges

    • 6.1 The First Incident
    • 6.2 Handling Surprises
    • 6.3 Assaultive Behavior in the Workplace
    • 6.4 Threats to Corporate Assets
    • 6.5 Dealing with Problem Personnel
    • 6.6 How Changes in Corporate Structure Can Affect Security
    • 6.7 Security Problems that Arise Out of Disorganization

    Chapter 7. Losses and Gains Along the Way

    Chapter 8. Companions on the Journey

    • 8.1 The Definition of Core Security Team
    • 8.2 The Right Leader for the Right Team
    • 8.3 The Goal of the Core Security Team
    • 8.4 Hiring the Right Core Team
    • 8.5 Necessary Attributes of Core Security Teams
    • 8.6 Cross-Functional Teams
    • 8.7 The Player-Coach
    • 8.8 Characteristics of the Player-Coach
    • 8.9 Mentoring Talented Team Members: Sending Them on Their Way

    Chapter 9. Moving Toward the Destination

Product details

  • No. of pages: 148
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2013
  • Published: March 26, 2013
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780124116092
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780124115941

About the Author

J. David Quilter

J. David Quilter
David Quilter’s security leadership spans four decades with major contributions in both the public and private sectors. After a distinguished federal law enforcement career, David became director of security at four Fortune 500 companies. There he was able to transform asset protection programs in ways that delivered both better safety and security as well as increased profits.

He has developed and integrated smart security programs in multi-billion dollar businesses engaged in energy infrastructure, as well as global manufacturing and distribution corporations. David’s cost-recovery tools have helped mitigate security risks while also improving profits.

David both consults and is an active member of the Security Executive Council’s emeritus faculty. As an author and presenter David continues to work with individuals and businesses sharing his expertise with business and government leaders from around the world.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Faculty, Security Executive Council; former Director, Corporate Security, NiSource Corporation

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