Let’s Go Flying!


Today, I’m going to illustrate the power of the Afterburner Flawless Execution® model for you.

To do that, I’m going to teach you how to fly. Yes, you. And not just to fly – to do things most veteran pilots only dream of.

I’m going to teach you how to take off during the day and to land at night.

I’m going to teach you to fly in good weather and in bad; when the plane is being rocked by turbulence and you have to use instruments to avoid running into the mountain directly ahead of you hidden by a cloud.

I’m going to teach you how to navigate across the country, to takeoff in Texas and land in California.

I’m going to teach you to perfectly execute a barrel roll and a loop, to endure 5 G-forces while you flip the plane around through the sky.

I’m going to teach you how to fly 300 mph a few hundred feet above the ground, with trees and towers whizzing through your peripheral vision. Before long, you will be able to fly through the corridors of a canyon and thread the needle of a narrow mountain pass.

Last, I’m going to teach you how to fly in formation. You’re going to fly 3 feet away from another aircraft. Not 4 feet. Not 2 feet. Exactly 3 feet away, a distance you’ll need to maintain while your wingmen roll their aircraft into 90 degrees of bank and begin to knife down through the horizon. You will feel like the other plane is falling on top of yours while you maneuver to maintain your position on his wing.

By the way, you’re going to do most of these things while flying in an aircraft by yourself.

As you think about all of the new skills that you’re going to master, I have a question for you: how long will it take you to learn all of this? Be honest – how long will it take you to learn to confidently perform loops and fly formation in all weather conditions across the continent?

I know the answer already. Four months. That’s right, you will be able to perform all of those maneuvers as a master pilot just four months from today.

Now, I know that you’re probably skeptical that anyone could accomplish all of this in such a short period of time, but I’m 100% confident. Why? Because I’ve taught thousands of student pilots to do all of the maneuvers I’ve just described in that exact amount of time.

Here’s the thing – I wasn’t able to do that because I’m the world’s best instructor, and those student pilots weren’t successful because they were brilliant.

We were able to teach regular people how to become master pilots because we used a very special iterative process to accomplish this feat. Iterative processes are used by fighter pilots, Navy SEALs, and other elite military team members. Our processes were honed and standardized in the high-stakes combat environment and they accelerate learning and system improvement unlike anything else the world has to offer. Afterburner has distilled these processes into their key components and made the methodology available to everyone. We call it the Flawless Execution model.

Our team of more than 70 current and former fighter pilots, Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and other Special Operations team members are dedicated to sharing those very same techniques with forward-thinking organizations across the globe. For the past two decades, Afterburner has helped 85% of the Fortune 100 companies and 11 NFL teams enjoy the same exceptional results of the Flawless Execution model.

This is the time to celebrate the elite military teams that formed the roots of our methodology, our Afterburner team and most importantly, our clients. Over the next few weeks, I will share additional insights from the Flawless Execution model. Whether mastering the art of flight or your quarterly financials, these techniques will help you to succeed. Stay tuned.

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Joel “Thor” Need, President, Afterburner, leads our team of more than 70 elite military professionals. He has helped achieve strategic objectives and foster elite teams for Fortune 100 companies within the tech industry, pharmaceuticals, finance, medical devices, retail apparel and several NFL teams.As an F-15 pilot, Thor escorted the U.S. President through the sky and flew missions to ensure the safety of the country after the attacks of 9/11.