Afterburner Inc.

Flawless Execution Experts

Who better than a team of elite military professionals to help companies create a high-performance, results-focused culture? Afterburner Incorporated’s team of fighter pilots teach top organizations how to perform flawlessly in today’s rapidly changing, high-pressure business environment. Their customized, dynamic presentations help transform organizations into motivated, finely-tuned, competitive forces to be reckoned with.

Afterburner Inc. was founded in 1996 by former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot James D. Murphy, when he realized that the tools he learned in the zero-tolerance-for-error world of military aviation were applicable and imperative to business success. Since its creation, Afterburner has trained over 1.5 million leaders and executives by delivering customized corporate training workshops, team building events, and motivational seminars. Afterburner’s clients include Google, Honeywell, Lilly, General Electric, Cisco Systems, Pfizer, and Sprint, among hundreds of others.

With 20 years’ experience in business coaching and consulting with Fortune 500 businesses and global organizations, Afterburner leaves audiences with immediately implementable strategies that can be incorporated in their daily lives to break down silos, drive accountability, and accelerate team performance.

Flawless Execution

A Fighter Pilot’s Secret to Business Success

In this session your group will learn how Fighter Pilots attack their missions in both training and combat. This keynote includes both a Main Speaker and a Wingman fighter pilot and is highly customized to meet the needs of your audience.

  • Plan – Learn how Fighter Pilots plan for a mission using the “Six Steps to Effective Combat Mission Planning”
  • Brief – Communicate the plan to maximize the quality of front-line execution
  • Execute – Discover how Fighter Pilots ensure Flawless Execution in their missions by eliminating performance-draining Task Saturation
  • Debrief – Implement nameless/rankless feedback sessions in your squadron to guarantee maximum learning

Leading Flawless Execution from the Top with Jim Murphy, Founder & CEO

Afterburner’s leadership keynote speaker Jim Murphy has helped top business leaders transform strategy into action. Historically fewer than 20% of all initiatives actually get accomplished. This keynote will help align your team around your strategy and understand exactly what to do and how to do it. This 60-90 minute keynote is based on Jim Murphy’s ground-breaking book Flawless Execution.

Experiential Teambuilding Program

Full or Half Day Event (4-6 hours)
Group Sizes 12-1,000

The Experiential Teambuilding Day is an interactive, hands-on experience where your team will compare the similar situations faced in business and in air combat. During the program, your group will work side by side with some of America’s top Fighter Pilots and learn how they excel in the business of combat.

The day begins in the main briefing room where you will learn how Fighter Pilots adapt to change, assess risk, and prepare for their mission using the Six Steps to Combat Mission Planning. Suddenly, an urgent telegram will interrupt the briefing and alert your team that they have been attacked by a coalition of hostile competitors. Your Fighter Pilots will split into squadrons (breakout groups of 15) where, with the help of their Afterburner facilitator, they will have one hour to formulate a plan to regain your market share. Leadership, teamwork, and communication will allow each group to overcome the challenges of this dynamic Mission Planning exercise. The Afterburners use SCUD missile attacks, intruders, and information overload to closely parallel today’s task saturated work environment in a fun, new format that ensures a lasting impression. After utilizing these tools for planning and execution, your team will discover how Fighter Pilots learn from their mistakes through an effective debrief. The Afterburners nameless/rankless debriefs shed new light on how your associates can identify and learn from costly mistakes.

The Afterburner Rapid Planning Workshop

Always combined with a keynote address, this 90-minute Rapid Planning Workshop challenges your team to put what they have just learned to work. Your teams will develop individual plans leveraging the Six Steps of Mission PlanningSM with the guidance of our Executive Consultants.

During this workshop, your team will learn to create stronger plans using our Mission Planning framework. The Rapid Planning Workshop teaches participants to develop quick, tactical plans using the same proven planning process used by elite military teams.

When your group leaves, each individual will have a plan that they can begin executing the very next day. But more than just a plan, participants will walk away equipped with a new planning process that enables them to create strong plans quickly for flawless performance in tight time lines.