2017 December AAL Newsletter

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Always Question Strategy and Execution

by Paul Leinwand and Matthias Bäumler

Not enough leadership teams question whether they are clear about their company’s value proposition or can state what differentiates their organization, write Leinwand and Bäumler. If you want to create a culture of accountability and improvement, they say you must ask these and other difficult questions about your organizational strategy.

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Keep on the Right Path by Staying True to Core Values

by Art Barter

Live by your core values and act on behalf of others when times are tough, writes Barter, the CEO of Datron World Communications. Barter explains, “It’s not just about me surviving the challenge–everyone is trying to survive and overcome the challenge set before them.”

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Is Higher Education Kicking the Ball Down the Road?

by Jim Galbally and N. Karl Haden

Arguing that it is past time for a new business model in higher education, Jim Galbally and Karl Haden explain the flaws in current leadership approaches and propose a scorecard model to effect sustainable change.

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Quarterly Questions to Ask Your Staff

by Chris Hallberg

Hallberg recommends asking your staff to rate the organization in such areas as accountability, communication, and recognition, and to do it on a quarterly basis. While the answers may be difficult to hear, you’ll learn what’s going on and who might become your next set of leaders.

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Learn the Necessity of Letting Go

by Tom Epperson

Similar to last month’s post on perseverance versus pivoting by AAL’s CEO Dr. Karl Haden, Epperson asks “What activities, by stopping them, will allow you to focus on the leader you want to be?”

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The Truth About Being a Workaholic–Why It Isn’t Always Bad for You

by Knowledge@Wharton

Do workaholics, perceived to be “working themselves to death,” really have an increased risk of such health issues as heart attack and stroke? Knowledge@Wharton looks at new research from management professors Nancy Rothbard and Lieke ten Brummelhuis, and consultant Benjamin Uhrich. What they found might surprise you.

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Tips to Reach Mindfulness at Work

by Alaina Love

Need to achieve reflective, mindful work? It becomes easier when you take time out to be introspective and practice being in the moment by refusing to multitask, writes Love, explaining that “You’ll feel more balanced; you will become less reactive and more thoughtful as events in the workplace unfold; and you’ll be far more able to effectively manage stress.”

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ADA scholarships available for AAL’s Institute for Teaching and Learning

Three full-tuition scholarships are being granted by the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure to the Academy for Advancing Leadership's Institute for Teaching and Learning as part of the Association's commitment to supporting general dentist members who are...

The International College of Dentists awarded AAL Founder and President Dr. Karl Haden the Leadership Article Award

The International College of Dentists awarded AAL Founder and President Dr. Karl Haden the Leadership Article Award for his article "The Character of a Profession: The Next 100 Years," published in 2021 in the Journal of the American College of Dentists. The...

Leaders from 27 Universities Meet to Advance Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

IPEC and AAL convene the Interprofessional Leadership Development Program in Washington, D.C. Click here to download the press release.

AAL and the American Institute of Dental Public Health Teach Strategies for Success in Academic Healthcare Leadership to the Next Generation

The Academy for Advancing Leadership in partnership with the American Institute of Dental Public Health and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas convenes the Academic Leadership for Residents Program in Atlanta, GA. Click here to download the press release.

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The Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL) is a health and higher education consulting firm. We work with organizational leaders to achieve their goals through strategic planning and professional development. We have helped over 150 institutions and thousands of leaders advance in their fields. Unlike other firms, our clients engage directly with accomplished and seasoned experts to achieve objectives with agility.


Celebrating Almost Two Decades in Business

Launched in 2005, AAL is a collaborative of scholars, educational specialists, and consultants providing services that help leaders in businesses, nonprofits, and academia pursue excellence, the application of knowledge, the discovery of ideas, and the quest of lifelong learning. The AAL team strives to build long-term relationships based on superior service, mutual trust, and intellectual inspiration. We focus on professional development, consulting services, and the application of assessment technologies and informatics to solve our clients' challenges. We hope to get to know you and assist with your personal, professional, and organizational growth.

N. Karl Haden, PhD

President of AAL


Advancing health and higher education.


AAL builds and strengthens your unique value through results-driven consulting and professional development.

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Scholarship through continuous learning, discovery, dissemination of knowledge, and interprofessional collaboration.

Innovation through risk-taking and disruption of the status quo.

Integrity through doing the right things for the right reasons.

Excellence through superior quality, client satisfaction, and the assessment of outcomes.

Philanthropy through volunteerism and financial contribution.

Success Stories

“I've taken quite a few leadership courses and seminars; none come close to the material involved and coordination AAL. Sprinkle a little genuine interest in seeing us succeed and well intentions and you have the best leadership mentors PERIOD.”

Dr. Khaled Hussein

BronxCare Health System

“The program was very valuable in the way that it gave us some real tools, some real opportunities and ways to evaluate ourselves and our own approaches to leadership and then gave us an opportunity of how to apply that to interprofessional education. I think that was the best … the applicability of the tools that were provided to us and how we can utilize those were just amazing. It was very valuable and an opportunity to evaluate yourself with the tools that they provided to give an introspective look into your own leadership style and what other people thought of your leadership, and that was very powerful.”

Dr. Kevin Brueilly

Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences

“I think the program was excellent. There were many excellent sessions. They were very stimulating. They kept us moving, very thought provoking. I thought the program overall was well designed, and as I said very thought provoking. For the inaugural program, it was well put together. You could see the passion in the instructors, who were very well versed in the topics that they talked about. I’m really pleased to be a part of this, and as a social worker, I really got a great sense of how interprofessional education can be very instrumental in terms of social workers working in healthcare settings. I think this is the wave of the future, and this program will gain traction in the future. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Dr. Martell Teasley

University of Utah College of Social Work

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