Recent Posts

The Value of Staff Rides

By Colonel (Retired) Jim Johnson, Tuesday, May 26, 2020
The corporate world has adopted a technique for leader-development and team-building inspired by the U.S. Army’s staff ride. The modern staff ride started in 1906 with a trip to the Civil War battlefield of Chickamauga by student officers from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The concept was revived in the 1980s and has been an educational staple for commanders since then. For soldiers, a staff ride allows a commander and his subordinates to study the decisions and actions of historical leaders in a campaign and battle by walking over the same terrain and studying the combat that took place there to develop insights into current tactical doctrine, logistics, communications, and combat systems. It is a systematic analysis of the site of a battle or fortification to learn about the impact of geography, weather, and human interactions on key historical events. The focus in the final analysis is on leadership as participants share a common experience while gaining different frames of reference through the eyes of an actual historical commander. Read More +

What Is Your “5R” Return To Work Plan?

By Major General (Retired) Malcolm Frost, Friday, May 22, 2020
Two months ago, before Covid-19, nobody imagined that businesses, organizations and governments would have to figure out how to re-start and get business moving forward again, nearly from scratch. The addition of unparalleled social, economic, financial, educational and legal constraints has made returning to work a daunting undertaking for both individual contributors and senior executives. This scenario is the definition a global Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) environment. How will executives tackle the formidable task of planning, leading and executing their return-to-work plan? Read More +


By Dan Rice, Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Ten years ago, Thayer was developed with a vision to create a premier leadership institute at West Point for corporate executives. Alongside Rick Minicozzi, Bill Murdy, Tim Tyson, and Karen Kuhla McClone, we are honored to celebrate this milestone. Over these past 10 years, we have partnered with some of the largest organizations in the world to help them create leaders of character. We’ve also evolved our customized programmatic experience to better meet the needs of our clients. In our early years, organizations had to come to West Point for the Thayer experience. Now, with unparalleled offsite programs, Thayer Online’s state-of-the-art content and course offering, and a variety of virtual engagements, we are able to cascade the Thayer experience and deliver it around the world. Read More +

Additional Posts

What America's Wars Teach Us About The Importance of Strategic Decisions

By General (Retired) Dennis Reimer, Monday, May 18, 2020   Read More +

FIVE FOR THE FIFTH: Five Leadership Lessons to be Learned from Cinco de Mayo

By Jim Noles, Tuesday, May 05, 2020   Read More +

5 Pro-Tips for Enhancing Resiliency Through Adversity

By Alison Levine, Thursday, April 23, 2020   Read More +

Storytelling in Times of Financial Crisis

By Bill Baker, Friday, April 17, 2020   Read More +

Key Leadership Practices in A Crisis Environment

By Lieutenant General (Ret.) Frank Kearney, Friday, April 17, 2020   Read More +

Leading From The Decisive Point in Extraordinary Circumstances

By Dan Rice, Thursday, April 09, 2020   Read More +

Quarantined with the General: Daily Lessons on Wellness

By Brigadier General (Retired) Maureen LeBoeuf, Thursday, April 02, 2020   Read More +

Thoughts on Leading Through the Coronavirus Crisis

By Major General (Retired) Malcolm Frost, Thursday, April 02, 2020   Read More +

Leader Vulnerability and Proactive Actions During Crisis

By Colonel (Retired) John Vermeesch, Thursday, April 02, 2020   Read More +

General Vincent K. Brooks

By LTC (Ret.) John Vigna and Daniel Rice, Friday, February 28, 2020   Read More +

What's Your Leadership Philosophy?

By Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), Tuesday, January 28, 2020   Read More +

How Will You Get After It In 2020?

By Brigadier General (Retired) Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D., Tuesday, January 14, 2020   Read More +