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On Veterans Day, Prioritize Supporting and Hiring Gold Star Children

By David Kim and Dan Rice, Wednesday, November 10, 2021
In 2008 during the Great Recession, military veterans’ unemployment was a significant national problem and soared to more than twice the national average according to RAND Corporation. Servicemembers departing the military entered a challenging job market with an 8% civilian unemployment rate. Veterans’ unemployment skyrocketed to 29% for 18–24-year-olds according to RAND Corporation. In 2011, under the personal direction of CEO and President Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase & Co. led the corporate effort to solve the problem and started the “100,000 Jobs Mission“ to promote veteran employment, with a goal of hiring 100,000 veterans by 2020. Many companies took up the challenge, creating military networking groups within their organizations and recruiting veterans to lead their recruiting and retention practices. Read More +

Leading in Leadership Development

By , Wednesday, November 03, 2021
It’s often said that the toughest test of leadership is managing through a crisis. Founded on the concept of translating military leadership principles to educate executives in the private and public sectors, Thayer Leadership has been readying corporate leaders to ace that challenge since its inception a little over a decade ago. Then came March of 2020, when Thayer faced its own leadership litmus test. First, Covid-19 derailed a business model largely dependent on gathering corporate groups for a blend of custom in-person applied academic and experiential sessions set against the iconic backdrop of The Historic Thayer Hotel, located on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Second, the company’s executive director and one of Thayer’s founding partners, Karen Kuhla McClone, Ph.D., who designed its curriculum and ran its programs, was sidelined by a cardiac arrest. Read More +

Trust: Three Key Lessons from General George Washington and Benedict Arnold

By Major General (Retired) Robert Ivany, Ph.D., Wednesday, November 03, 2021
As an unparalleled classroom for leadership, few locations rival the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The famous promontory jutting into the west bank of the Hudson River is rich in history and drama starring America’s most beloved and most reviled military leaders. Reminders of the Academy’s strong leadership culture are everywhere. “Duty, Honor, Country,” the values on which the culture rests are etched on the walls of the stately Cadet Chapel. Inscribed granite benches with words representing a key leadership virtue like “Courage” and “Integrity” dot the landscape. Adding their quiet presence to the echoes of the architecture, larger than life statues of prominent graduates such as Eisenhower, Patton, MacArthur, and Grant stand guard on the expansive green parade field simply called the Plain. In the center, George Washington, the epitome of “Duty, Honor, Country,” sits astride a noble steed silently gazing up the Hudson River. Almost hidden from view is the former Arnold Redoubt, a fortification during the American Revolution, hastily renamed the Clinton Redoubt after Benedict Arnold’s traitorous attempt to surrender the West Point Defenses to the British. Read More +

Additional Posts

The Power of Women's Leadership Development

By Thayer Leadership's Women Faculty, Tuesday, August 24, 2021   Read More +

Leadership Traits of Ulysses S. Grant

By Thayer Leadership, Thursday, July 22, 2021   Read More +

Independence Day 2021

By Dan Rice, MS. Ed., Thursday, July 01, 2021   Read More +

Overcoming In-Person Training Capacity Constraints in 2021

By Dan Rice, MS. Ed. and Allison Forbes Capozza, Wednesday, March 17, 2021   Read More +

Creating, Sharing, and Living A Leadership Philosophy

By Brigadier General (Retired) Becky Halstead and Brigadier General (Retired) Maureen LeBoeuf, Ed.D., Monday, March 01, 2021   Read More +

Reflection: Black History Month

By Dan Rice, Wednesday, February 24, 2021   Read More +

Lessons Learned Leading Through Pandemics

By Major General (Retired) Bryan Watson, Tuesday, February 16, 2021   Read More +

Leading Through VUCA: CEO Focus on Culture

By Brigadier General (Retired) Barney Forsythe, Ph.D., Karen Kuhla McClone, Ph.D., and Dan Rice, Thursday, January 21, 2021   Read More +

VUCA Leadership: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Chaotic Times

By Brigadier General (Retired) Barney Forsythe, Ph.D., Karen Kuhla McClone, Ph.D., and Dan Rice, Tuesday, January 19, 2021   Read More +