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August 2014: Why is the Army’s AAR Such a Powerful Leadership Tool?

Just over a month ago my company completed and submitted a major proposal that could be worth millions over the next 5 years if we win the contract. We spent about 6 weeks researching and writing it. More than 20 people were involved including numerous outside subject matter expert consultants. In the end we got the proposal submitted on time. But, just like every project, it wasn’t without some bumps, set-backs, surprises (not the good kind), and hiccups along the way. The worst part is that some of the mistakes were repeated from previous similar proposal efforts involving many of the same team players. We will do this type project again in the not too distant future. So, this time we decided one week later to gather everyone together just like we did at the kick off meeting and conduct an After Action Review (AAR). Now I am confident that the next time we do it, we will do it better – not perfect, just better.

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July 2014: Is Leadership Training Worth It?

July 2014: Is Leadership Training Worth It?

In 1999, Gallup did a study. They polled of over 1 million professionals in 330 organizations worldwide. They determined that well managed work groups are 50% more productive and 44% more profitable. Stop. Re-read that last sentence. Well led teams perform better. Period. If that doesn’t make sense to you or you don’t agree it seems reasonable, feel free to stop here.

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