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The FourBlock Podcast

Nov 16, 2020

"Culture is not what you say it is. It’s how you act, live, and work every single day.”

This week, FourBlock Founder Mike Abrams explores a common question that we get from listeners: how can you accurately assess a company’s culture and decide whether you would be a good fit?

Acknowledging that the actual culture of a company may be different from what their external branding says it is, Mike shares several tips for how to get a true sense of a company or team’s culture and determine whether it’s right for you.


Welcome to the FourBlock Podcast, a show that examines veteran career transition and the military-civilian divide in the workplace.

General Charles Krulak coined the term "Three Block War" to describe the nature of 21st-century military service defined by peace-keeping, humanitarian aid, and full combat.

But what happens next? Veterans are often unprepared to return home and begin new careers. We call this the Fourth Block. 

FourBlock is a national non-profit that has supported thousands of transitioning service members across the nation in beginning new and meaningful careers. 

Mike Abrams (@fourblock) is an Afghanistan veteran, FourBlock founder, director of the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration, and author of two military transition books. He’ll be representing the military transition perspective.

Lindsey Pollak (@lindsaypollak) is a career and workplace expert and New York Times bestselling author of three career advice books. Lindsey will be representing the civilian perspective of this issue. 

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Podcast episodes are produced and edited by the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration.