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A letter from Rick Minicozzi, Chief Executive Officer of the Thayer Leader Development Group
Monday, November 24, 2014
I am extremely excited to share with you that the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point (TLDG) has recently been highlighted by 21st Century Television with host Jackie Bales. This was part of their Next Generation Leadership Development and Training story and TLDG provided added perspective for their Business Process Improvement Series. Former Superintendent of West Point, Lieutenant General (USA, Retired) Buster Hagenbeck along with CEO of Mercedes Benz USA, Steve Cannon and Dr. Karen Kuhla, Executive Director of Education for TLDG, provide insight to how TLDG and the leadership principles taught at West Point are impacting leaders in corporations. The show has now run on both Fox Financial and Bloomberg Television. Read More +

TLDG Keynote Speaker, Alison Levine's book "On The Edge" featured in Fortune Magazine
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Never went to graduate school or don't have time for a semester-long refresher course? Neither do we. Instead, Fortune Magazine reached out to top business schools to find out which books their professors have added to the fall syllabus. Read More +

TLDG Welcomes Nataliya Brantly As A New Learning Coordinator!
Monday, October 20, 2014
Nataliya comes to the TLDG with 5 years of experience at two large state institutions of higher learning where she managed departmental operations, personnel, finance, and various projects. Read More +

TLDG Leader Blog - "Leading in the Future Tense: Senior Leader Transition/Succession Planning" By: Brigadier General (Retired) Mark O'Neill
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Three categories of succession plans: 1. Immediate/crisis succession plan 2. Contingency/bridge/reset succession plan 3. Strategic/engineered succession plan Read More +

TLDG Welcomes Tara Green (USMA 1994) As A New Program Manager!
Monday, August 11, 2014
Tara attended the United States Military Academy for her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace). During her time at West Point, Tara played intercollegiate soccer for 4 years, culminating as captain and winning of the Patriot League Championship. She was also selected as the Army Athletic Association’s female Athlete of the year. After graduation, Tara was commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer and served at Fort Riley, Kansas where she was assigned to a direct support maintenance battalion performing various leadership and staff roles at company and battalion levels. Tara later served as an Executive Services Project Officer for the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. While in this position, she was responsible for coordinating and planning official visits for, as well as escorting, the U.S. Army’s and foreign militaries’ most senior leaders. Read More +

TLDG Leader Blog - "A Legacy of Leadership: Who is Fritz Kroesen?" By: Brigadier General (Ret.) John H. “Jack” Grubbs, Ph.D., P.E.
Friday, August 01, 2014
Strong leadership comes in many forms. When considering the good and bad in the business of leadership, I always – always – use General (Ret.) Frederick J. Kroesen as my yardstick for strong, competent leadership. Allow me to tell a story. Read More +

Navigate Possible: MBA Students Head to West Point to Learn Leadership Lessons from Military Experts
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Leaving the classroom behind, a group of 55 first-year MBA students conducted an “orienteering mission” with the Thayer Leadership Development Group (TLDG) at West Point this spring as their capstone project in NYU Stern’s Leadership Development Initiative (LDI). Students broke into small groups and were assigned “missions” in either a Leadership Reaction Course or a Navigation Challenge. For each mission, a member of the team was appointed team leader and he/she directed the group through the task at hand. Read More +

TLDG Leader Blog - “Continuing To Excel While Undergoing Transformational Change” By: Major General (Retired) Lee Price
Monday, June 23, 2014
I thought I’d seen plenty of tough missions in my previous 34 years in the military before I got hit with what seemed like mission impossible: Relocate my largely civilian workforce of 1500 from Ft Monmouth, New Jersey to Aberdeen, Maryland while continuing to maintain 24x7 support to those units engaged in combat; outfitting the next units to rotate into the fight; AND moving out on the Army’s Chief of Staff’s number one priority to modernize the tactical communications network. Those were just the no-fail missions we had on our plate. Read More +

Lessons From Leading 20,000 Soldiers in Iraq to Coaching Corporate America
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Fast Company Magazine recently featured Thayer Leadership faculty, Brigadier General (Retired) Becky Halstead, in their June edition. The article focuses on BG (Ret.) Halstead's lessons learned in the battlefield that can also be applied to the corporate world. Read More +

TLDG Faculty Alison Levine featured on 60 Minutes Sports
Thursday, June 12, 2014
60 Minutes Sports highlights TLDG’s Alison Levine and her leadership lessons from her experiences being the first woman to ever climb the world’s top continental peaks and North and South poles. Read More +

6 Leadership Lessons From A 3-Star General
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
"Leadership is deliberate: You don't accidentally have successful teams," says retired Lt. Gen. Frank Kearney, who shares six essential leadership lessons. Read More +

Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point Celebrates 4th Anniversary of Its Successful & Unique Leadership Program!
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point (TLDG) today celebrates 4 years of success with its unique approach to developing “Leaders of Character” based on the leadership principles adhered to by the U.S. Army and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Since its founding May 10, 2010, TLDG has trained 12,500+ executives from 36 countries and 6 continents---representing more than 165 global organizations---including many Fortune 50 companies and the world’s top banking and financial services companies. Read More +

The Thayer Leader Development Group has Teamed with Managing Americans to Help Leaders Develop High Performing Teams
Thursday, March 06, 2014
The Thayer Leader Development Group has teamed with Managing Americans to help leaders develop high performing teams. Dr. Karen Kuhla, the Executive Director of TLDG, and featured TLDG faculty members have joined the leadership panel of experts for ManagingAmericans. Read More +

TLDG Welcomes, Annie Havniear (USMA 2001) - Program Manager
Monday, January 13, 2014
Anne “Annie” Havniear (USMA, ’01) is joining the Thayer Leadership Development Group as a Program Manager. Annie is a former soccer and team handball player for the United States Military Academy, where she majored in Spanish and Portuguese and commanded Company F1. After being commissioned as an Engineer Officer, she served in US Army Alaska as a Vertical Construction Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and the aide to the Deputy Commander of US Army Alaska. Read More +

Alison Levine, History-Making Adventurer and TLDG Board Member, reveals leadership lessons in her newly released book, ON THE EDGE: THE ART OF HIGH-IMPACT LEADERSHIP
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Whether she is on top of the world or working in the corporate and non-profit environments, Alison Levine is no stranger to success in challenging and extreme situations. Alison has survived sub-zero temperatures, hurricane force winds, sudden avalanches…and a career on Wall Street. In her new book ON THE EDGE—with a foreword by (Coach K, USMA ‘69)—she recounts key leadership lessons learned from navigating the corporate world and climbing the highest peak on every continent and skiing to both Poles (a feat known as the Adventure Grand Slam, which fewer than 40 people have accomplished.) Read More +

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Leadership: 50 Points of Wisdom for Today's Leaders
GEN (Ret.) Rick Hiller

"Leaders don't have bad have to keep cheering your people on, play hurt when necessary, and always be optimistic."
General Dennis Reimer,(USA, Retired, USMA 1962)
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