Safety & Performance Excellence

Simple, scalable and iterative processes focused on improving teamwork and collaboration.

In the quest to improve safety, organizations often rely on motivational posters, classes or training programs to help teams minimize risk and improve safety performance. It’s human nature to become “blind” to these efforts and for the safety message to become “boring” and mundane. Through story telling we’re able to re-engage your people and reinforce the importance of a strong safety culture.

Improving safety requires a process-oriented and disciplined safety-inexecution culture. And the way to develop this culture is through the use of a simple, scalable and iterative process focused on improving teamwork, collaboration and continuous improvement.

Stress-tested Approach

Fighter pilots are very comfortable operating in complex and high-risk environments. They are experts in creating agile teams and optimizing the fit between people and systems to improve safety performance. This is because the Government invests approx. $10 million in each pilot to develop the capabilities needed to operate safely, at the highest level.

The process fighter pilots use is deliberately simple, and can be applied to any business, project or operation to improve safety and performance. It starts with learning to plan better, communicate clearer, operate more efficiently, and learn from our mistakes. It’s about doing the small things well each and every day.

As you work with the process, you’ll find it sharpens your team’s awareness, its bias to action, and its accountabilities. Each part of the process instils a belief that the mission is on track, that each person has a clear and critical role, and that they will fulfil it.

Teamwork, collaboration and continuous improvement

By focusing on improving the day-to-day basic operations of your organization you will find that your safety record will improve as a result. There are two primary reasons for this:

Plan – we must plan well before for every task, project, or undertaking. Planning does not have to take a lot of time. But, it does have to incorporate all the right elements and be performed in the same disciplined manner every time.

Debrief – teams must assess how well they performed once their plan is executed. Did the team succeed, fail, encounter new challenges, or suffer a near miss? We call such an assessment debriefing. Debriefing is how we learn from doing and improve every day.

Without these basic principles, organizations simply cannot maintain operational excellence and safety. Your operations may appear as if they are safe. But, in the long run, you are putting your team at risk.


Safety Keynote and High Impact Programs

An Afterburner safety themed program will leave a lasting impression. Whether you’re looking to make an impact on your safety day with a keynote delivering insights into the high risk, high consequence environment that is day ot day life in a fighter Squadron, or an experiential program highlighting the common human performance traits that contribute to the accident chain, we’ll drive home the message to everyone, at every level of your organisation.

You team will:

  • Explore the importance of nailing day-to-day operations to improve overall safety.
  • Learn the value of checklists for executing successfully, establishing better communication and alignment across the team.
  • Participate in a fun, hands-on exercise, lead by real fighter pilots that actively engages each member of the group focusing on teamwork, communication and collaboration.
  • Examine human factors, task saturation and the tools you can use to overcome these limitations by thinking and reacting with a “Safety First” mindset.
  • Learn how to debrief effectively and share lessons learned to ensure mistakes are not repeated, and links in the causal chain indentified and addressed quickly

Debrief Workshop

Impact safety through a culture of continuous improvement

An Afterburner Debrief Workshop is realistic work development experience designed to give your team the practical skills to effectively review the results of a completed or in-progress project/mission and act upon those results to achieve a desired outcome.

Guided by our fighter pilot facilitators, your team will learn to objectively review performance in a way that develops, improves and accelerates individual and collective performance.

To properly identify the true root cause of a result, we will introduce your leaders to our unique culture of “Nameless and Rankless” where position/title, personality, ego and fear or threat of reprimand is no longer relevant and has no bearing. This “nameless and rankles” tone is essential to achieving the honesty and truthfulness necessary to identify the actions required for change.


“We were blown away by how well Afterburner incorporated the information about our business into their program.”

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