New Podcast: West Point Dean and BS&L head/professor discuss talent retention

By Maj. Renee Sanjuan USMA Associate Dean for Communications - October 5, 2023
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“As a lieutenant or a young Soldier, your whole world is that battalion or squadron and how impactful that person can be on retaining talent or contributing to developing talent.” – Brig. Gen. Shane Reeves, U.S. Military Academy Dean of the Academic Board.

Tune into the newest episode of the “Inside West Point: Ideas That Impact” podcast at

During this episode, “Retaining Good Talent Through Inspiring Leadership,” Col. Everett Spain, head and professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, and Reeves discuss the impact leaders have on junior leaders and whether they decide to stay in their organization or leave.

In this episode, you will learn the following:

1. How do we identify and assess talent?

2. How can the Army take an innovative approach to talent management?

3. What are challenges and opportunities related to retaining good talent?

Within their discussion, Reeves and Spain discuss Spain’s recent publication, “The Battalion Commander Effect” and the impact of his findings.

When discussing Spain’s inspiration to conduct this research, he states, “It’s upon us as the more senior folks in the Army to ensure we put the best leaders as possible in charge of our formations.”

Join Reeves each month as he takes you behind the scenes to explore the applied research and cross-disciplinary work being done by the academy’s scholars. From high-energy lasers and autonomous robots to civil-military relations and ethics, “Inside West Point” goes beyond the textbook to give you a deeper understanding of the complex issues shaping the modern battlefield. Hear directly from the experts as they make even the most complex topics accessible to a broad audience.

You can find the “Inside West Point: Ideas that Impact” podcast, as well as several other podcasts produced by West Point at or on your favorite podcast platform, including Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Spotify and Podchaser (Inside West Point: Ideas that Impact). You can also follow on Instagram (@dean.usma), Facebook (Dean of the Academic Board-West Point), Threads (@dean.usma) and X (@DeanUSMA) for updates.

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