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Question:
How can I develop Lessons Learned from an After Action Report?

Answer:
The purpose of an After Action Report is to provide an outline of the steps taken to plan a specific event or activity and typically includes a summary of how successful the event or activity was. The After Action Report serves as an historical record for the organization and also provides information for future planners of this activity (for example, if it is an annual event). Particularly in a military community where organizational leaders tend to transition every year or so, an After Action Report can provide enough information to allow a newcomer to organize an event without 'starting from scratch.' Furthermore, Lessons Learned can be extracted from the experiences documented in an After Action Report. For example, one might learn that although an event was very well-received by those who attended it, perhaps the marketing of the event wasn't enough to attract more people. The lesson learned here might be to explore different options for publicizing the event, including the timing of the publicity, the variety of marketing tools and resources used, and budget allocated to marketing. Recognize both the value of information in an After Action Report, but don't let it prevent you from exploring new ideas. Develop Lessons Learned from an After Action Report and use this information to help you explore options for improving the event or activity the next time.

Question:
How does an organization turn its vision into reality?

Answer:
Leaders need to communicate the organization’s vision to all members of the organization and develop a strategic plan to enable them to realize it. The plan should include both short-term and long-term goals and leaders at all levels should develop their own plans to achieve these goals. It is important to inspire all members of an organization to share the organization’s vision, take ownership of the plan developed to realize this vision, and take pride in the successes achieved along the way. It is also important for leaders to develop a mechanism for the organization to measure its success in achieving the vision and to monitor the organization's progress in achieving it. Learn more about this subject by reviewing the references listed.

Question:
How does reflecting on Army Values affect Army leaders?

Answer:
Army leaders represent the Army and are expected to be visible symbols of the Army Values. They should spend time reflecting on Army Values, using them to guide and influence leadership decisions that affect the lives of others in the organization.

Question:
What is reflective thinking and why is it important to a leader?

Answer:
Reflective thinking refers to the process of using one’s knowledge, values, ethical principals, emotions, and past experiences to clarify the meaning of a current or past event. A leader’s experiences (successes, failures, etc.) are mentally cataloged and retrieved upon his/her reflection to resolve new problems or understand new situations. This process enhances a leader’s decision making because he/she can internally explore and evaluate different alternatives to a problem by reflecting on his/her past experiences, lessons learned, knowledge, values, etc. Reflective thinking allows an individual to recollect relevant events with deeper understanding of its relationships and its connection to other experiences and concepts.
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