“The After Action Review (AAR) is a versatile and powerful process that leaders can use to keep teams at their best,” said Col. (Retired) Robert Hughes, clinical assistant professor and managing director of executive education at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. “This process is a best practice of the military that easily transfers to the corporate world but is often underused or not used to the full potential.”
A typical review assesses progress, resource availability, and priorities, whereas an AAR is a powerful learning mindset focused on individual and collective improvement. Successful AARs depend on humble leadership and an atmosphere of psychological safety.
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