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Developing Intentional Leadership in Wealth Management

By Zeke Anders, Planning Specialist, Twickenham Advisors, Monday, May 16, 2022
Our team recently traveled to West Point to take part in training with Thayer Leadership. Thayer Leadership is a training program led by former military officers and draws heavily from the organizational and leadership principles the Army itself uses. Although there were often words coined in the military, we found that the sessions had tremendous applicability to our own business and our own leadership. This was the second session of our training, which we began in September of last year. Read More +

Intentional Leadership

By Colonel (Retired) Joe LeBoeuf, Ph.D., Monday, April 25, 2022
As a newly commissioned officer, standing in front of my first platoon in a combat engineer battalion in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1975, I really did not know what kind of leader I wanted to “be.” My leadership and military skills training to that point was about “knowing” and “doing” appropriate to my rank and experience, the transactional aspect of leading. And, yes, the Army’s training and educational system is the best for enabling the knowing and doing. What was missing for me was the more transformational nature of leadership, the being, and the ability to answer the question – who am I as a leader? Read More +

I Don’t Know What I’ve Said Until You Tell Me What You’ve Heard

By Major General (Retired) Doug Crissman, Monday, April 04, 2022
The military characteristically operates in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environments where detailed planning and flexible execution are critical to mission success. Time is typically short, details often sketchy, and opportunities very often fleeting. Sound familiar? Communication—up, down, and laterally across the team—is vital to any organization’s ability to seize and maintain the initiative. A leader’s ability to clearly communicate his/her vision of success helps guide subordinates’ actions when things don’t go as planned and can represent the difference between success and failure. To address this communication challenge, the military uses three linked techniques—Commander’s Intent, Confirmation Brief and Backbrief—to deliver the mission, validate the recipients’ understanding, and clarify each teammate’s role in contributing to the mission’s successful completion. Read More +

Additional Posts

Avoiding the Great Resignation: Seeking Love, Belonging and Self-Actualization

By Thayer President, Dan Rice, MS.Ed., Friday, February 25, 2022   Read More +

Leadership Capabilities of Abraham Lincoln

By Lieutenant General (Retired) Frank Kearney , Tuesday, February 08, 2022   Read More +