2017 September AAL Newsletter

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Putting Lifelong Learning on the CEO Agenda

by Amy Edmonson and Bror Saxberg, McKinsey Quarterly, September 2017

Continuous learning must be a corporate priority, write a Harvard Business School professor and learning engineer at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. They explain the task for leaders is “upgrading your employees’ skills and mastering the collaboration, empathy, and meaning-making that will help your organization thrive.”

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Leveraging Diversity: Transcending Labels for Breakthrough Results

by Nate Regier, SmartBrief/Leadership, September 7, 2017

Different perspectives are assets that can make businesses better when they are thought of as something to embrace and leverage, Nate Regier argues. He says other approaches to diversity “inadvertently reinforce the very problem we are trying to eliminate.

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Chairing and Conducting Effective Meetings

by N. Karl Haden, Ph.D., AAL White Paper, September 1, 2017

AAL’s President shares advice on conducting effective meetings in this white paper. Whether you are seasoned at chairing meetings or are new to the experience, following his tips will make meetings more effective—for you and others.

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How to Recognize Strategic Errors in Your Business

by Hugh Latif, The Globe and Mail, September 5, 2017

On strategic planning: Do you know how to recognize a strategic error versus a tactical or operational error? Hugh Latif explains that recognizing (and correcting) strategic errors is particularly important because they require a rethink of the organization’s strategic plan.

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Coaching Is More Than Asking Questions

by Mary Jo Asmus, September 5, 2017

Mary Jo Asmus tells leaders how to be better at coaching. “You must trust the coaching process and know that when you give someone your full presence, ask open-ended questions, and listen intently, magic can happen,” she writes.

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The World Champion of Public Speaking Says You Should Ask Yourself Three Questions Before Giving Any Presentation

by Richard Feloni, Business Insider, August 31, 2017

Are you presenting at an upcoming meeting? Toastmasters International’s 2017 champion of public speaking talks to Business Insider and explains three questions he asked himself before writing his winning speech that you should ask yourself before you prepare any presentations.

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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.

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President of AAL


Advancing health and higher education.


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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.

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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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