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Books by Ted Studdard USMC (Ret)

  • DEPOT TO DEPOT: A Transformational Leadership Journey from the Military to Corporate America

    Thirty-six hours after graduating high school, Ted Studdard was on his way to boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. He started as a private on a journey that would span four decades, touch five continents, encompass two wars, and ended up as a leader at The Home Depot, the number one home improvement retailer in the world. His stories, observations and experiences as a leader—from desert combat, to the halls of the Pentagon, to the aisles of The Home Depot—are sure to enlighten and inspire. Much more than a leadership primer, Depot to Depot provides a great illustration of the transformation that veterans must make as they begin their personal journey from the service back into civilian life, and highlights this huge reservoir of human capital that can be leveraged by Corporate America to reinforce our national economy.


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Colonel Ted Studdard has proven himself as a leadership expert with over 30 years of military and corporate experience. His military resume goes far beyond leading Marines in combat. He taught tactics and leadership at the Marine Corps University, planned and directed combat operations for a 20,000 person multi-national force, engaged in international negotiations, and worked on national strategy in the Pentagon. After suffering a heart attack, Ted faced new challenges-retiring and charting a new path. Finding The Home Depot, an organization that aligned with his values, helped him transition into the private sector and transform into a corporate leader. In his second career, Ted's work in business operations, staffing and leader development has given him a unique perspective on optimizing human capital in corporate America to increase retention, productivity, and teamwork. He has appeared as a featured guest on national TV, radio, and podcasts.