For nearly two decades, our nationally acclaimed corporate training programs have defined the group learning landscape with high-energy leadership and management programs that deliver cutting-edge performance acceleration tools and immediate, tangible ROI. Our team of current and former fighter pilots, Navy SEALs and other special operators have fueled organizational motivation in thousands of businesses by demonstrating the power of a revolutionary continuous improvement framework called Flawless ExecutionSM. Continue reading below to find how Afterburner programs will accelerate your team's performance.
Motivation, engagement and learning:
Are you ready for a different - better - kind of keynote?
For far too long, you’ve had to choose between entertainment and education when considering keynote speakers. Do you risk a learning program that ultimately acts as a sedative for your audience or do you throw away all hope for ROI and book the speaker with a great story? If you think this choice (or lack thereof) is tired, we vehemently agree with you.
In just 60 minutes, our elite military professionals-turned-executive consultants introduce Flawless Execution to your group using high-energy videos, real life stories and specific application to your audience’s day-to-day challenges. Whether your audience includes front line executors, top-level executives or a diverse mix of companies and functions, our keynotes will speak directly to each and every audience member’s desire to learn, improve and succeed. So stop choosing between entertainment and education and choose Afterburner.
More Than Energy and Motivation - Return to Work With Real World ROI.
Over the course of 19 years and 1.5+ million professionals trained, our keynote programs remain unmatched in three key areas: content customization, cognitive engagement and take-away value. During the Flawless Execution Keynote, participants will be introduced to the Flawless Execution Cycle, the simple, scalable methodology that is easily learned and adopted yet holistic in its approach to business management.
Your Program, Your Content.
Prior to your program, your Executive Consultant will work with you to learn your organization from front to back. Pre-program briefs allow us to gain an understanding of your company, environment, competitors, culture, objectives and language to completely customize the program to your audience through use-case scenarios of Flawless Execution created specifically to your challenges and opportunities. The result? A dynamic, high-energy keynote program that will lead your audience directly to integrating what they learn into daily operations to break down silos, drive accountability and accelerate learning - all in just 60 minutes.
Your Business, Your Team, Your Success.
U.S. Navy SEALs are forged by some of the most intensive selection and training processes of any elite military professional in the world. They are a special breed of warrior, capable of conducting missions in any environment. Often operating silently under the cover of darkness, they possess a relentless commitment to individual initiative, personal responsibility and mission accomplishment.
Building High-Performing Teams - the Navy SEAL Way
Learn how our U.S. Navy SEALs selected, trained, planned, led and executed their missions all over the globe. Our Navy SEAL speakers share the tools and techniques SEAL teams use to thrive and survive in rapidly changing and hostile environments. Learn how you too can apply those same tools to any business situation, anytime, anywhere. This exciting, interactive high impact one hour keynote highlights the process the SEALs use to ensure they achieve mission success, and then applies that same process to you and your team. Imagine hearing first hand stories about real-world missions that demonstrate how to leverage this incredible process to drive initiative, accountability and achievement–just like the SEALs.
Sales Performance Improvement—When Failure Isn't an Option...
When the economy is great, having a sales team that is less than flawless is tolerable. For most companies, soft demand means the team members on the front lines of sales have to take up the slack. Nobody wants whining or excuses about why a quota can't be met. Excuses don't make payroll. Like the world of combat, failure is not an option. But how can a team see overnight sales performance improvement? With Flawless Execution: Plan. Brief. Execute. Debrief -the recipe for success for fighter pilots around the world. It works in the business of combat, and it works in the business of selling.
Selling in Today's New Normal
The Flawless Sales Keynote will teach your sales team how to harness the power of Flawless Execution, starting with the Six Steps to Mission PlanningSM as they learn to apply our proven planning process to the next annual sales strategy, weekly account plan, or even a single sales call. For most sales teams, knowing how to sell isn't the issue...the issue is in execution. They know what they need to do, they just need a simple, scalable model that makes it fast and easy.
Disciplined targeting, planning, and adjusting is their responsibility. Enabling your team to fulfill their sales potential is yours. Build your sales team the Fighter Pilot way with Flawless Sales Execution.
Flawless Execution starts with a strategy that’s understood by EVERYONE—not just your c-level executives.
In organizations around the world, high-level strategy tends to be disconnected from the front line execution of daily operations. This means that the organization is not aligned - execution is disorganized and unfocused due to disjointed or unclear Leader’s Intent.
A great strategy is only valuable if it's executed
In Leading Flawless Execution From the Top, Afterburner's most experienced current and former military leaders will teach your executives how to develop a High Definition DestinationSM to drive accountable action at the strategic and tactical levels. Your leaders learn how to identify critical leverage points, those few yet powerful strategic activities that you must undertake to achieve your High Definition Destination (HDD). This interactive keynote will energize your leadership teams and empower them with a process that will accelerate learning and cultivate a culture of accountability as the independent silos in your company begin to align to and strive for organizational excellence. Your leaders are about to be initiated into a whole new way of thinking.
Flawless Execution—All Hands on Deck!
Experiential Learning for High-Performing Teams
In a world defined by change and uncertainty, leaders are challenged with rallying Task SaturatedSM teams toward the next objective or initiative. A daunting task by itself, but even more difficult when processes and personnel are in constant flux. How do you align diverse teams around a shared initiative if you don't even know where to start? You need a common rallying point. You need an Afterburner team building seminar.
Exhilarating and fast-paced, our team building programs will alter the way your team thinks about continuous improvement as they discover the powerful tools of Flawless ExecutionSM. Led by our team of current and former elite military professionals, our team building seminars range from 3-4 hour half-day programs to 4-6 hour full-day programs, each customized to fit the needs of your group. Through interactive game-time scenarios and our world famous break outs your team will use real tools that will inspire action and drive ROI when they return to work.
Break Your Performance Barriers With an Unequaled Experiential Learning Seminar
During the Afterburner Day, your team will learn how fighter pilots execute missions flawlessly in the most hostile environments on the planet - and how you can do the same in your environment. This professional team building seminar is unlike any team building seminar you've participated in before. Your group will learn to use combat-proven planning processes to develop a mission plan--all while experiencing the communication challenges and onslaught of Task Saturation you've come to expect from your busy schedule. Then, once you've planned and executed that mission, your team will debrief it just like fighter pilot squadrons during a STEALTH DebriefSM. Your teams won't forget the skills learned during the Afterburner Day - because the skills they learn can be applied to the job the very next day!
Start Your Day the Fighter Pilot Way
Your Afterburner Day begins when you and your team are ordered to a briefing room where a camouflage net tunnel marks your entrance and parachutes, music is blaring and fighter jets flying across a giant screen. Welcome to the Afterburner Day employee team-building program - where we introduce your team to Flawless ExecutionSM, a proprietary continuous improvement process born in the zero-tolerance-for-error world of military aviation. After a high-energy opening keynote, your teams will immediately apply the Flawless Execution model during a collaborative Mission Planning exercise. This exercise is designed to force participants out of their comfort zone and into the unknown, rapidly changing environment of a fighter pilot.
Success requires effective communication, leadership, and full-team collaboration to overcome big challenges - changing weather, spies, jets running out of fuel and a challenge known only to Afterburner alumni! All of the threats faced during the Mission Planning Exercise–weather, espionage and more–aren't just for fun: these are the everyday elements that cause Task SaturationSM in fighter pilots and even though your teams' environment differs, the effects contingencies do not. Following the exercise, your teams will learn about–and conduct–a STEALTH DebriefSM, the final step in accelerating performance and learning. Each team will Debrief the results of their Mission Planning Exercise and learn how to identify and transfer the Lessons Learned.
After a full day committed to team building, alignment, and continuous improvement, you and your team will never look at team building seminars the same way. The Afterburner Day won't only set the standard for future training, it will set the standard for the way you do business in the future.
Not all team building seminars are created equal
Leaning Forward is an interactive, corporate team building event where your team will learn, via lecture and experiential learning, how Fighter Pilots strive for Flawless Execution℠ in every single mission. This program is for clients that want a high energy, motivational team building program but do not have the required 4 to 6 hours of time necessary for an Afterburner Day event. While the Afterburner Day covers the entire Flawless Execution Model℠ (Plan, Brief, Execute, and Debrief), the Leaning Forward corporate team building event focuses entirely on Planning and Debriefing.
Break your performance barriers with an unequaled experiential learning seminar
Your day begins in the Main Briefing Room as you and your team enter through a camouflage netting tunnel where you will experience an interactive, multimedia introduction to the Flawless Execution Model, focusing on the Six Steps of Mission Planning and the Nameless, Rankless STEALTH Debrief. The initial keynote is followed by a hands-on experiential team building exercise, where your team divides into "squadrons" of 15 and work together to plan a mission to rescue a downed fighter pilot. This exercise is designed to open the communication lines between team members or they risk failing the mission. Task Saturation sets in as the squadrons battle weather changes, enemy attacks, and short time lines to achieve the mission, forcing them to draw upon the skills they learned during the opening session. Group dynamics, task management, threat assessment, communication, and leadership are all tested during this learning exercise.
Once the exercise ends, teams will learn their "profit and loss" of the mission, then return to the Main Briefing Room for an on-stage debrief of one teams' mission results. The Leaning Forward program provides the time-restricted team with an opportunity to address key areas of performance--planning and debriefing--to grow individually and as a group.
Serious Times Require a Serious Business Process
U.S. Navy SEALs and Special Forces Operators train your team to execute and win using Flawless Execution. Our U.S. Navy SEALs, Rangers, 160th SOAR and other Special Forces and Special Operations team members will train your corporate teams to achieve the same operational excellence they achieve in the zero-tolerance-for-error world of elite military operations. Afterburner Black Ops is an experiential team building program that uses iPod touches and proprietary custom-developed DigiMap software that mirror resources used by these Special Forces Operators in real missions around the globe.
Your choice for experiential learning with practical take-aways
Attendees hang on as they experience a white-knuckled look at a HALO jump and participate in a real world hostage rescue scenario. Real-time special operations rescue scenarios put your team into HIGH ALERT, teaching them how to work as one cohesive unit. This experience provides your team with the ROI of focused teamwork and collaborative execution, arming them with the planning and debriefing processes used by elite military teams. Afterburner consultants work side-by-side with your teams to overcome common roadblocks to success in business, training them to the processes used in battle.
At the end of your team building program, watch as the inputs you provided are represented real time in high definition with actual Special Operations video footage. No one leaves Black Ops wondering if their team’s efforts were successful–the results are immediate and overwhelming!
Take your commitment to organizational excellence to the next level with Mach II
Your team has experienced the Afterburner Day team building seminar, now it's time to accelerate. It's time to effectively communicate and flawlessly execute your mission with a different kind of Flawless ExecutionSM training. Most companies fail at the most critical point: communicating the mission and getting all team members aligned to execute it. Leaders issue marching orders before they even tell the troops where to go. This leaves gaping holes in the mission plan, leading to slips in productivity and drops in morale, all while allowing your competition pull ahead.
Maximize your ROI for full-team exposure
Mach II Execution takes teams beyond the Afterburner Day seminar, elevating performance to new levels and maximum productivity. During this immersive session, your team will tests its own abilities in two crucial elements of the Flawless Execution ModelSM: clearly communicating the mission, and overcoming Task Saturation during mission execution. In Mach II, the skill sets your team acquired during the Afterburner Day are advanced, putting leaderships skills, mutual support, and team communication to the test. When the destination is clear, people are drawn to it. Learning the power of briefing the mission, your team will operate like a well-oiled machine. Learning how to recognize and eliminate Task Saturation will make your team unstoppable.
Don't ignore your weaknesses, eliminate them
Targeted workshops to address your challenges at the tactical level
It's one thing to know what your weaknesses are, and it's another thing to know how to overcome them. With nearly 20 years of experience in applying the simple, scalable principles of Flawless Execution to corporate challenges, we have trained more than 1.5 million professionals to do just that. Whether you need a structured planning framework or a nameless, rankless post-execution performance assessment, our full and half-day workshops will provide your team with the tools to accelerate performance in a rapidly changing environment.
Unlike other team building workshops, your team will leverage cutting-edge techniques to target areas of improvement while simultaneously opening communication lines developing trust and increasing appreciation for diversity in team experience and knowledge. Our Executive Consultants work side-by-side with your team to identify the root causes of performance challenges, and then target and eliminate them by applying our proprietary methodology. The demo-do structure of our workshops allows your team to immediately apply the learning in their daily work, resulting in increased retention of the methodologies. Our workshops give your organization immediate ROI and a sustainable framework for continuous performance improvement.
Strategic plans built with combat-proven planning processes
Most training companies measure success in class evaluation scores, but this is not an academic classroom discussion on business planning. The Afterburner Planning Workshop equips your team with a simple, holistic planning process called the Six Steps of Mission PlanningSM. During this 4-6 hour workshop, your team won't just learn how to create stronger plans using our process, they will immediately apply the process in a collaborative session to an actual project or initiative.
When you walk away from an Afterburner Planning Workshop, your team will have a lot more than a plan. They will have gained a deeper understanding of the Six Steps of Mission Planning and how the collaborative, holistic process supports an all-around stronger mission. They will know the benefits of a Red Team and of asking the question "What if..." for contingency identification and planning. Your team will also have a sense of plan ownership, higher Situational Awareness and a new appreciation for their team members.
Six Steps of Mission PlanningSM in just 90 minutes
Don't have enough time for a full Planning Workshop? You don't have to give up the plan just because you don't have the time. With the 90 minute Rapid Planning Workshop, your teams will develop individual plans leveraging the Six Steps of Mission PlanningSM with the guidance of our Executive Consultants.
Same planning process, same proven results
The Rapid Planning Workshop teaches participants to develop quick, tactical plans using our combat-proven planning process. 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.
Accelerate learning after every mission with a culture of Nameless, Rankless Debriefs
Many organizations suffer from chronic execution failures because they are unable to learn from their mistakes. Individuals or small teams may learn lessons, but these lessons are rarely used in corporate team development and are rarely disseminated to other groups that could use the knowledge. Chronic failures never get resolved, opportunities are lost, and corporate cynicism is reinforced. At Afterburner, we've found that a standard operating procedure in military aviation called debriefing is the solution businesses need. Debriefing is the post-mission analysis of individual and team performance, focusing on planned execution and actual outcomes. For fighter pilots, the debrief is not an environment for destructive criticism - it is the vital opportunity to gather lessons learned that will save lives in tomorrow's mission.
It's not about who's right, it's about what's right.
The Flawless Execution Model features a simple, structured process called the Nameless, Rankless STEALTH Debrief. This six step framework was designed to eliminate the stigma of performance reviews by diverting focus from blame and refocusing on the root causes of errors during the execution phase. Using our demo-do methodology, your team will apply the STEALTH Debrief process to a recently completed mission, such as a product launch, the latest quarterly sales numbers, or the results of the marketing campaign. Your team will walk away with an understanding of WHY the mission was a success (or failure) and how the lessons learned can be applied to tomorrow's mission, improving the corporate culture.
Discover the secrets behind effective business strategy execution
The global challenge for businesses in the Twenty-First Century is complexity. As economies, nations, supply lines, customers, technology and all the myriad influences merge to create greater interconnectedness and interdependence on a global scale, complexity creates turbulence and unpredictability. Business leaders must confront this growing threat. How?
Organizational Execution is Everything
In a complex environment, individual execution is one thing, but organizational execution is everything! For organizations to survive and thrive on the leading edge of change, a common unifying methodology is required – Flawless Execution. Meeting the challenge of complexity requires collaborating as a team to plan and solve problems. It also requires aligned action toward a common objective. Flawless Execution provides the simple, common, and scalable framework to win in the face of complexity.
The Organizational Execution (ORGEX) Program is a facilitated approach that addresses the four essential questions that any leadership team must answer:
Who are we? - What is our Organizational Identity?
Where are we? - What is our Situational AwarenessSM?
Where are we going? - What is our High-Definition DestinationSM?
How do we get there? - What is our strategy?
To answer these four questions, the ORGEX program introduces participants to Effects-Based Thinking, a means of achieving long-range goals that is inspired by modern military strategic planning and complexity science. The collaborative planning team will carefully define their High-Definition Destination (HDD) and strategy in terms of Intended Effects while developing measurements that drive action toward these Intended Effects in a cascading, three-tiered planning model. The Flawless Execution Planning model is a simple six step framework that is as effective in developing strategy as it is in creating daily tactical plans. Afterburner facilitators will lead the team through the planning framework to create the following outcomes:
Situational Awareness – a detailed catalogue of both trends and threats in the environment
Organizational Identity – the organization’s reason for being and its most important principles
High Definition Destination (HDD) – a balanced collection of defining intended effects that describe the organization at some specified point in the future
Strategy – a written set of intended effects that will efficiently and effectively drive aligned action toward the High Definition Destination
Leading effectively in complex environments
Giving your leaders the right tools at the right time
At some point, you have likely found yourself at the half-way point of a project only to find that your original plan is far off-course. We call this the execution gap – the gap between what you plan to do and what actually occurs. Closing the execution gap is one of the most difficult tasks for businesses today, but doing so is a key differentiator of high-performing teams. So, how do you close your execution gaps? By participating in a Flawless Execution UniversitySM training course.
Recognized by the Project Management Institute, Flawless Execution University provides group-live, traditional classroom curriculum designed for leaders and managers interested in applying the processes and techniques of Flawless Execution in their own organizations and teams. These courses are provided as an open-enrollment format for individuals and small groups at our Atlanta Headquarters each month for two days of intensive Flawless Execution training. The courses are also available on-location for larger groups and can be customized to address specific needs and unique contexts. We currently offer two Flawless Execution University courses:
Leading Flawless Execution
This 2-day program is designed as an introduction to the Flawless Execution CycleSM with the objective of providing project management and leadership level mastery of the Plan-Brief-Execute-Debrief iterative cycle. We also provide a specially crafted variant of this program designed as an addition to an existing Leadership Development Program (LDP). Participants are assessed for their decision-making and leadership styles and provided an individualized prescription of how best to utilize the Flawless Execution Cycle to develop their leadership skills.
Leading Flawless Execution in the Enterprise
This 2-day advanced course is intended for those that have practiced and mastered the Flawless Execution Cycle at the project or operational level in their team or organization and wishes to expand their skills to leading at the enterprise level. The Leading Flawless Execution course is a pre-requisite to attending this course.
Flawless Execution: in your environment, in your teams
Equip your team with the Flawless ExecutionSM model using our management consulting services that highlight effective corporate strategic planning ideas and help you implement processes quickly and seamlessly. Our management consulting services, leadership coaching, on-site, team building workshops, and train-the-trainer programs arm you and your team members with the resources required to combat the challenges of today’s fast-paced business environment—and WIN! The Flawless Execution model is a holistic, battle-proven methodology that will create organizational momentum the moment our business-savvy corporate consultants arrive on-site. Our highly trained and experienced Executive Consultants are ready to help you implement Flawless Execution at your organization or on your team through leadership coaching, train-the-trainer courses and workshops according to your specific needs.
You will benefit from a wide base of expertise in organizational development, training and education, risk mitigation and safety, patient safety (healthcare), entrepreneurship, and more. All Afterburner consulting partnerships include diverse, collaborative planning and facilitation techniques to improve the corporate strategic planning process as well as build cohesive teams, defeat groupthink, spur innovation and develop your competitive advantage.
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Executive coaching program for the modern leader
Education can change a person's perspective but it can rarely change behavior. This is why coaching is the most important element of any execution improvement program. It's more than just applying textbook principles; it's a deeply engaging process that requires mindfulness and intentionality.
The Corporate Wingman coaching program will provide you with unique, multi-faceted expertise in leadership, continuous improvement, organizational development and more. This program is designed to support the executive who seeks to drive accelerated adoption of Flawless Execution within key teams or enterprise-wide. With years of experience in the implementation of organizational frameworks and continuous improvement processes, our coaches will be a vital resource to you as you revolutionize your organization.