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Afterburner, Inc.

Afterburner, Inc.

Corporate Execution Strategists


Afterburner Incorporated's team building events and corporate workshops are founded on the principles of the Flawless Execution℠ model, developed from a combination of business experience and strategic and tactical military execution. Afterburner draws from its Three E's, Empower, Equip and Embed, to teach corporate teams the Plan, Brief, Execute and Debrief system to transform companies from the ground up. In Afterburner Empower, clients of all sizes (including corporations, meeting planners, professional groups, and trade associations) can benefit from a variety of experiential corporate team building events, including inspirational keynote speeches and the legendary "Afterburner Day" team-building experience. Read More >

The company was founded in 1996 by former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot James D. Murphy, when "Murph" 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 managers and executives in the simple, scalable, continuous improvement processes of Flawless Execution℠ by delivering customized corporate training workshops, team building events and motivational seminars.

Afterburner's accomplishments include being listed in Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 500 List of America's Fastest Growing Companies" twice, with regular features in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Financial Times, Newsweek, and Meetings and Conventions Magazine. Afterburner has also appeared on Fox News, CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg News. Murphy is also the author of Business Is Combat, now in its third printing, and his latest book, The Debrief Imperative.

Today, Afterburner is considered the world's leading authority on organizational execution, boasting 30% of the U.S. Fortune 500 as clients who have benefitted from the company's unique corporate team building events and corporate training workshops. Read Less ^

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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 frontline 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.

Joint Forces Keynote

In this session, your group will learn the importance of Teamwork, Communication & collaboration within an organization. This presentation has 1 Fighter Pilot & 1 Navy SEAL who emphasize the Flawless Execution Methodology but also how working together to accomplish a common goal or mission is Key to success. If your Sales & Marketing teams are constantly butting heads, this presentation will be an eye opener for your team on how they can work together.

Navy SEAL Keynote

This Keynote is “A Navy SEALS secret to Business Success”! In this session, your group will learn how Navy SEALs attack their missions in both training & combat. This Keynote includes two SEALS and is highly customized to meet the needs of your audience.

Leading Flawless Execution from the Top

Afterburner has helped top business leaders transform strategy into action. Historically, fewer than 20% of all initiatives actually get accomplished. Based on Jim Murphy's groundbreaking book, Flawless Execution, this 60-90-minute keynote will help align your team around your strategy from the top down and understand exactly what to do, and how to do it.

Courage to Execute | Jim Murph Murphy Exclusive

Addressing Complexity. Becoming Agile. Leading through Change. Innovation. Operational Excellence. Developing Leaders. Retaining Top Talent. Do these sound like a myriad of challenges, many of which you and your organization today face? Do your strategies to address and excel in these areas seem disconnected and paralyze your people? Would you believe a firm has spent the last two decades evangelizing and demonstrating that in fact they are all connected? And better still, there is a simple, holistic set of tools and techniques you can apply to address them all - simultaneously? Aligned with the 2014 release of his 5th book Courage To Execute, Jim’s new keynote address not only shares how leaders can address these challenges and seize these opportunities, he details the simple, scalable process that elite military teams and Afterburner’s key clients leverage to survive, thrive and dominate where competitors fall short. Leveraging video, corporate and military analogies and Lessons Learned from his work advising Executives at 85% of the Fortune 50 and dozens more, this keynote will inform and empower leaders to scope the environment, drown out the noise, align strategy to execution and empower leaders to demonstrate a Bias to Action – the secret to winning in the today’s business environment.

Flawless Safety

The atmosphere in a fighter jet is a "0-errors, 0-losses" environment. The men and women of Afterburner specialize in accelerating our clients' safety performance through Flawless Execution. They have been trained and tested their entire career in the safe, zero-loss execution of their mission, with an unmatched level of importance placed on the safety of their equipment, their crew, and everyone involved with operations. Afterburner uses their battle-proven process of Flawless Execution to improve our clients' safety records. By leading groups through a core process of Plan, Brief, Execute, and Debrief, the Afterburner trainers begin to induce a cultural change in the organization, evolving how teams plan and execute safely on each and every mission.

Flawless Healthcare

A high-energy, multimedia keynote will explore the Flawless Execution Model and how the model relates to the demanding and changing healthcare business. For the last 20 years, the World Healthcare Organization and other medical organizations have recognized that the improvements in teamwork, communication, and collaboration that dramatically improved aviation safety since the 1980s directly relate to many of the challenges facing the healthcare industry. Today, many medical units are using techniques from the aviation community and specifically the Flawless Execution Model to dramatically improve the way their teams perform.

Flawless Sales

When the economy is great, you can tolerate sales teams that are less than flawless, but what happens if the tables are turned and the economy isn’t doing so great? You can’t afford to have your sales teams operate at only a fraction of their potential. Your sales teams should hit their numbers not 70%, not 80%, but 100% of the time. But how can sales teams really improve their performance overnight? Read More >

The answer? Afterburner brings you Flawless Sales Execution. Your sales teams are capable of success in any environment, hostile or calm. The power to lead your sales teams to victory can be found in this sales keynote presentation. Read Less ^