The After Action Review: A Leader’s Guide

RapidStart Leadership

How do you improve your team with an After Action Review? The After Action Review (AAR) is a deceptively simple yet powerful way to stimulate the growth and performance of any group of people.

How to Perform a High Quality After Action Review

Nathan Magnuson

The After Action Review (AAR) was originally developed by the U.S. Here are several simple tips for performing high quality after action reviews. Share it with the appropriate parties – a report for the boss and action items for the process owners.

Change the Game: 7 Ways to Build Teammates Who Can Do More

RapidStart Leadership

Building Teams and Culture Leadership Concepts after action reviews change the game delegation Edge Method feedback leadership manager vs leader team cultureHow do we increase the odds of “winning” with the team we have?

How Conduct a Remarkably Better Post-Mortem Review

Let's Grow Leaders

Ditch the Post-Mortem and Hold a Post-Project Celebration If you’re like most managers we talk with, you know the importance of post-mortem reviews. But unless your project ends in disaster, it’s easy to skip the review and move on to the next […].

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Do you Want to Become More Capable? Or, Your Team? – Learn to Conduct Your Own After Action Review(s)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Imagine you had enough money to hire a one-on-one companion, a coach, for every employee. What would happen? First, every employee would be noticeably more productive. Second, every employee would stretch to become better. You would have someone saying, all the time, to each and every employee, “you did this well, and this is what [.]. Randy's blog entries

Lessons from the Great Fishing Contest

Lead Change Blog

After all, he and my mom had scraped together enough on a small-town pastor’s salary to buy me some classy fishing gear. Today, we’d call it an after-action review. But after I had a way to share in their joy, I felt really good about the day and everything I’d done. It was the day of the Great Fishing Contest. I was about seven years old. We lived in a small town with a creek that ran right through the center of the town square.

Tony interviewed about his new novel

Tony Mayo

Tony Mayo Executive Coach. This podcast is an interview about Tony’s new novel, Crimes of Cunning: A comedy of personal and political transformation in the deteriorating American workplace. He is interviewed by longtime client Ron Dimon.

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Change Leadership: Overcoming Change Fatigue and Organizational Burnout

Strategy Driven

Steve Jobs, after reviewing hundreds of projects when he returned to Apple, famously focused all of Apple on creating and delivering just four great products – consumer and professional versions of a portable (what became the iPhone and iPad) and a desktop (what became today’s Macs).

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Learning is More Than a Spectator Sport

Aspire-CS

After the training was finished, I’d head back to the office and the material I was given in the program would sit on my desk for a week or two as I got involved in the day to day craziness. Have an “after action review” to allow them to debrief on what they learned and how they’ll use that learning in the future.

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Hansei and 6 Pitfalls to Avoid in Reflective Exercises

QAspire

"Sei" means to look back upon, review, and examine oneself. By effectively, I mean not just identifying lessons and feeling good about it, but putting those lessons into actions the next time.

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28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Do employees speak up, challenging the leader''s plans, decisions, and actions if they see a gap? They know that once internalized, these beliefs and values affect the norms that influence day-to-day actions, determine what’s important, reinforce appropriate behavior, and change attitudes.

Make Sure to Learn from Your…. Successes

QAspire

When we reach (or beat) our goals, do we conduct a robust ‘after action review’ to get to the bottom of what went right? Books/Reviews Guest Posts at QAspire Managing Career Self Growth career Guest Post Leadership

Pre-Animate: Project Planning Team Building Activity

Mike Cardus

The team is called together to do an after-action-review or post-mortem or de-brief. Different from After-Action, Pre-Animate asks team members to use their existing knowledge, skills, and planning at a time when impact can really occur in the beginning.

The Boomers are Leaving! – How to Create and Implement a Knowledge.

Strategy Driven

Some knowledge transfer methods to consider are mentoring, social networks, Communities of Practice, After Action Reviews, and storytelling programs.

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Good Leaders Are Good Learners

Harvard Business Review

Finally, leaders who are in learning mode conduct fearless after-action reviews, determined to glean useful insights from the results of their experimentation. Dave Wheeler for HBR. Although organizations spend more than $24 billion annually on leadership development, many leaders who have attended leadership programs struggle to implement what they’ve learned. It’s not because the programs are bad but because leadership is best learned from experience.

The 5 Elements of a Strong Leadership Pipeline

Harvard Business Review

They have after-action reviews, they talk about bad news, and they exhibit traits of what we call a “learning culture.” Paul Garbett for HBR. Investments in traditional leadership development are often misguided and a waste of money. It’s not that development itself isn’t important. In a Deloitte study of 7,000 organizations this year, 89% of executives rated “ strengthening the leadership pipeline ” an urgent issue.

Bring in Outside Experts to Mentor Your Team

Harvard Business Review

More-formal methods, such as after-action reviews, are useful too. Organizations depend increasingly on independent, temporary workers, even for mission-critical work. We call this subset of freelancers who do strategic work in companies or nonprofit organizations agile talent. They contribute technical expertise that an organization does not already have to a critical project or initiative.

Leadership Development Should Focus on Experiments

Harvard Business Review

After reflecting on this input, each manager was required to carry out at least one safe-to-fail experiment. As one person noted in her after-action review, “By doing our experiment at one site instead of implementing at all 30 of them at once, it took the pressure off.

Every Manager Needs to Practice Two Types of Coaching

Harvard Business Review

Performance reviews haven’t disappeared quite yet. “Despite all the buzz about abolishing formal performance reviews, the vast majority of organizations continue to employ traditional vehicles for sharing performance-related information,” reported a recent study by Human Resource Executive. People are more likely to ask for help if guidance is offered in informal reviews. provide a forum for discussion and review of multiple events and competencies.

Managing On-Demand Talent

Harvard Business Review

Closely related to this is the importance of after-action review: getting agile talent right depends on continuous improvement in selecting the right talent, building the partnership, and figuring out how the work is planned, communicated, and executed. Dave Wheeler FOR HBR.

3 Ways to Take Action in the Face of Uncertainty

Harvard Business Review

During his military career, Petraeus stressed the importance of the “strategic corporal,” the young leader whose tactical actions could have strategic consequences, advancing or undermining an overall campaign.

How John F. Kennedy Changed Decision Making for Us All

Harvard Business Review

And yet, as I write in more detail in Collaboration , after the Bay of Pigs Kennedy brilliantly retooled his group decision-making process. Then, on the morning of October 15, 1962, President Kennedy and his team learn that the Soviets are placing nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba—missiles that a few minutes after being fired would kill eighty million Americans. Late in the evening on October 18, 1962, Attorney General Robert Kennedy squeezes into the front seat of his car.

Making Virtual Teams Work: Ten Basic Principles

Harvard Business Review

Then periodically do "after-action reviews" to evaluate how things are going and identify process adjustments and training needs. Consider this now familiar view from the field: "I''ve run a virtual team for the past 18 months in the development and launch of [a website.]

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Sears Has Come Back from the Brink Before

Harvard Business Review

It’s easy to suggest that perhaps it’s simply run its course; after all, over the last 50 years, the average lifespan of a company on the S&P 500 has shrunk from about 60 years to less than 20, as more than one business thinker has pointed out. Army uses after-action reviews to change course, as the Pascale article explains in excellent detail.