Release your Inner
Fighter Pilot!

Fun Team Building
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REAL Fighter Pilots in your conference room.

Arrive as individuals. Leave as an ELITE TEAM!

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#1 GOOGLE’S HIGHEST RANKING Team Building Activity

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From 10,000+ events

Incredible!
Afterburner transformed my team and our business and was an amazing resource for my team in their pursuit of operational excellence. Very FUN and inspirational.
- Woolworths

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Afterburner’s fun team building activity will create a customized “mission” to suit your team, your objectives and challenges!  That’s right.  You HAVE to work together to take out the competition’s manufacturing plant or deliver a ‘humanitarian’ mission saving 1000s of lives.

How can my team have fun AND achieve a 98% success rate?

Corporate team building

Fun. Fast and Customised

Learn what it’s like to fly in the uncompromising world of air combat from real fighter pilots from the RAAF. Your team will see rare and classified footage from inside the cockpit on real missions.

You’ll then work in teams to command your very own Fighter Squadron and plan a fun, time critical combat mission.

Assigning Roles and Unique Call Signs, as a team you’ll build an executable plan around a clear, concise mission objective – with lots of distractions and changing information…just like the office!

NEED MORE L&D?

Easy. We genuinely love taking it to a whole new level to customise for Agile Execution and Operational Excellence. Rapidly analyze threats, resources, lessons learned, and contingencies related to a mission. See the below customized programs.

$15 million

Discover and practice how to work as a team and execute with the same precision and 98% accuracy as elite military aviators and Special Ops teams.

Over 2.1 million colleagues have become inspired Teams, having fun whilst aligning their purpose to delivering flawless execution.

UNIQUE FUN TEAM BUILDING

Individual Call Signs, Music, Icebreakers, 100% Engagement

Move over Tom!

Watch your team launch their very own Fighter Pilot Mission.

Uncover your team’s inner Fighter Pilot with a fun team-building activity that can be ramped up with theming and props, customised to suit your team’s job functions and Conference or Quarterly theme.

Uncover your team’s inner Fighter Pilot with a fun team building activity that can be ramped up with theming and props, customised to suit your team’s job functions and Conference or Quarterly theme.

Afterburner is 100% inclusive. Perfect for any age, athletic ability, gender or seniority level, our Team Building activity is guaranteed to excite and entice EVERYONE to engage in a fun, fast-paced “mission”.

Our Fighter Pilots love the chance to chat, laugh and share stories with your team, as they help everyone work together as a team to launch your Squadron.

Including sharing rare and classified footage from inside the cockpit on real missions.

Everyone is assigned a Call Sign and individual roles, working through information and constantly changing intel to launch a Squadron.

Get ready for your Mission!

·  As teams you’ll work together to devise a plan to take out an enemy (aka your competitor’s 😊) manufacturing plant.

OR

·  Launch a humanitarian mission to save 1000s of people.  All customised to suit your company and the challenges you’re facing.

No one gets hurt (of course!)

Together you’ll build an executable plan around a clear, concise mission objective – with lots of distractions and ever-changing information…just like the office!

L & D OPTIONS:

–        Business Challenges. If you need more specific business challenges addressed, we can customize to suit, including workshops before or after the session.

–        Keynotes.  Afterburner’s owner and ex RAAF Fighter Pilot.

–        Workshops & Monthly Check-ins.

Fun. Fast and Customised!

·     Virtual or In-person 

·     1.5 to 3 hours. With workshop options.

IGNITE YOUR SALES TEAM!

Win MORE Leads with a Fighter Pilot Mindset!

Influence the market and convert more deals with Flex.


Sales Teams are the Fighter Pilots of an organization – they’re at the forefront of consequences for the business.

Are you scrambling to sell your product or service in today’s highly disrupted and dynamic environment?  

Traditional businesses are challenged by digitization and automation, and Sales Teams must look at new ways to sell and grow amongst this disruption. Here’s how:

 

1. DEVELOP SITUATIONAL AWARENESS TO UNDERSTAND YOUR CUSTOMER’S NEEDS
If your team doesn’t know what its threats are, or doesn’t know the effects of its actions, it won’t survive. You’re what Fighter Pilots call ‘tumbleweed’—just blowing in the wind.

Instead, your team needs to know what’s going on around them. It needs to have situational awareness or, in fighter pilot speak, ‘SA’, to be agile and ahead of your competitors at all times.

Even more powerful is creating SA for your buyer. Helping the buyer develop clarity as to their objectives will enable you to offer a tailored solution aligned to the buyer’s actual needs.

 

2. SERVICE EXCELLENCE THROUGH DEBRIEFING
Mastering any craft takes numerous iterations of improving on previous performance. Sales in no different. We also know that understanding a customer’s needs allows you to curate valuable tailored solutions.

A structured debrief will allow you to improve your own performance as well as understand the challenges and future needs of your customers. Here’s how:

Result – What’s the result your client is hoping to achieve through engaging your organisation. If you’re not clear, these a good reason they’re not either.

Reason – What is the reason they have developed this desired result? Through this question we may be able to identify a suite of services to come back to the client with, to assist them with achieving their result.

Response – Undertake to come back to your client with a clear plan that allows them to achieve their objective, with you as the key resource.

 

3. DISCIPLED AND COLLABORATIVE PLANNING

Fighter Pilots don’t plan on their own, they bring in specialists from intelligence, maintenance, weather, weapons, and terrain who can contribute to ‘building the picture’ or have the situational awareness they need.

Sales Teams are no different. Their plans will include how to deliver what the client wants, so consider including your client in the planning process. Nothing beats that for improving the quality of both the plan and the client relationship.

Our approach to Sales is like no other. By using a disciplined Sales planning process and customer-centric debriefing, you will fuel annual sales strategies, weekly account plans, and single-sales-call plans like never before.

·     Virtual or In-person 

·     1 to 3 hours with workshop options

AGILE TEAMS

See how we’ve helped xx,xxx companies grow and excel year on year.

Move over Tom!

Watch your team launch their very own Fighter Pilot Mission.

Uncover your team’s inner Fighter Pilot with a fun team-building activity that can be ramped up with theming and props, customised to suit your team’s job functions and Conference or Quarterly theme.

Uncover your team’s inner Fighter Pilot with a fun team building activity that can be ramped up with theming and props, customised to suit your team’s job functions and Conference or Quarterly theme.

Afterburner is 100% inclusive. Perfect for any age, athletic ability, gender or seniority level, our Team Building activity is guaranteed to excite and entice EVERYONE to engage in a fun, fast-paced “mission”.

Our Fighter Pilots love the chance to chat, laugh and share stories with your team, as they help everyone work together as a team to launch your Squadron.

Including sharing rare and classified footage from inside the cockpit on real missions.

Everyone is assigned a Call Sign and individual roles, working through information and constantly changing intel to launch a Squadron.

Get ready for your Mission!

·  As teams you’ll work together to devise a plan to take out an enemy (aka your competitor’s 😊) manufacturing plant.

OR

·  Launch a humanitarian mission to save 1000s of people.  All customised to suit your company and the challenges you’re facing.

No one gets hurt (of course!)

Together you’ll build an executable plan around a clear, concise mission objective – with lots of distractions and ever-changing information…just like the office!

L & D OPTIONS:

–        Business Challenges. If you need more specific business challenges addressed, we can customize to suit, including workshops before or after the session.

–        Keynotes.  Afterburner’s owner and ex RAAF Fighter Pilot.

–        Workshops & Monthly Check-ins.

Fun. Fast and Customised!

·     Virtual or In-person 

·     1.5 to 3 hours. With workshop options.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Our Unique 98% Success Rate “Flawless Execution” (FLEX)

Operational Excellence is at the very core of the Fighter Pilot mindset. “Good” doesn’t save lives or keep planes in the air at 1,500 km an hour. “Excellence” is the only option. It underpins our systems and minimum acceptable standards. Best of all, your team (or entire company) can learn to execute strategies with our proven 98% success rate.

WHAT IS OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE?

Evidence by results and the success our clients experienced for the past 25 years, Operational Excellence is defined as a comprehensive understanding of risk, lower operating costs and higher revenues, that collectively deliver higher margins. Organisation’s that aspire to this standard are Agile, meaning they adapt quickly to external forces and do more with less.

In an environment of Excellence, people are happier, more resilient and productive, thanks to the alignment of what needs to happen and what happens at the front line.

 

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE IS NOT A DESTINATION. IT’S A WAY OF BEING. EVERYDAY.
Philosophically, Operational Excellence is not a management processes, system or methodology. It’s an ability to look beyond event-based models, such as a training module, course or individual development process, and commit to a long term and continuous, adaptive organisational culture.

Operational Excellence occurs when an organisation adopts an Agile framework for action (process) and way of thinking (culture).

Our proven FLEX (FLawless EXecution), gives your organisation the structure to pause, see clearly, and think clearly. When you give clear, measurable, achievable objectives it allows leaders to lead their teams to achieve those goals on a daily basis.

FLEX will focus your team towards a culture of truth, instead of artificial harmony. Though the practice of debriefing, teams focus on what’s right — not who’s right! You’ll be able to transfer and apply actionable lessons learned to tomorrow’s mission and enjoy increasingly greater success rates with each iteration.

“SAFETY” CULTURE

Improve safety & minimize complacency in complex, high-risk environments.

In the quest to improve safety, organisations 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-in-execution 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

The Government invests approx. $15 million in each Fighter Pilot to develop the capabilities needed to operate comfortably and safely, at the highest level, within complex and high-risk environments.

They are experts in creating agile teams and optimizing the fit between people and systems to improve safety performance.

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 through the Afterburner Safety 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.

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. to incorporate all the right elements to 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? Debriefing is how we learn from doing and improve every day.

 

Increased Safety Standards EVERY day

Without these basic principles, organisations 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.

·     Virtual or In-person 

·     Half to 2 Days. (inc 90min Keynote)

LEADERSHIP

Hands-on problem solving, critical thinking, communication & resilience

Our experiential, fast-paced Afterburner Leadership Development Program, will empower your leaders to align vision with strategy. To challenge the way your leaders think and operate. make decisions and act when faced with challenges and limited information.

The Program provides your leaders with the opportunity to learn and, most importantly, practice and apply:

·     An agile way to operate to drive accountable actions aligned to the organization’s strategy.

·     To solve problems effectively, operate with a strong results orientation, seek different perspectives and support others.

·     How to develop a culture that encourages continuous improvement.

·     Virtual or In-person 

·     Half to 2 Days.

BUSINESS PLANNING DAY

Planning with Fighter Pilots an expected 98% success rate in mind!

Afterburner’s Business Planning Day (“BPD”) is highly focused, UNIQUE experiential planning workshop, stress-tested military planning process,

This is NOT a lesson or theoretical exercise. It’s a real-world planning exercise designed to develop measurable business strategies and plans. The program is facilitated by a Fighter Pilot and builds upon your team’s introductory Flex knowledge and skills to:

·     Create strategies and plans that are clear, practical and above all executable.

·     Identify and articulate critical business objectives that are aligned to your organisation’s overall corporate strategy and purpose.

·     Develop an executable strategy and supporting action plan that identifies who will do what by when, how they are going to do it, and any follow-on actions or plans.

CASE STUDY WITH IBM

See what Afterburner did for giants IBM and VMWare following their complex merger.

Download VMWare & IBM’s Case Study Here

·     Virtual or In-person 

·     Half to 2 Days.

DEBRIEF WORKSHOP

Develop a culture of continuous learning to accelerate performance.

Develop agility, operational excellence and a culture of continuous learning through the art of Debriefing with our unique “Nameless and Rankless” methodology.

The ability to debrief is highlighted as a core competency of adaptive organisations and is one of the unique on-the-job opportunities where leadership can be developed, practised, displayed, and observed.

An Afterburner Debrief Workshop is a realistic development experience designed to give your leaders 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 teams and leaders 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 rankless” tone is essential to achieve the honesty and truthfulness necessary to identify the actions required for change.

·     Virtual or In-person 

·     Half Day.

"Afterburner brought six days of intensive training together into a final experiential program for over 100 Store Executive Managers focussing on leadership, planning and debriefing the daily operations of this billion dollar organisation."
"The level of energy and motivation in the room after the presentation was incredible, and the impact of your presentation was enormous."

How does the Team Building Activity work?

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Kick Off

Our real fighter pilots will share an insight into their world and then align this high-performance message to your organisation through our pre-event customisation. We can dial up the fun factor, or deliver more of an L&D focus, depending on your brief and in consultation with you.
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The Mission

You’ll each be appointed as a Squadron Commander with your team. Depending on your organisation’s requirements, we can plan either a combat or humanitarian mission. Every player has a critical role to play. We also have the options to include themes, hats, a fully-themed room.

The Debrief

Learn the power of the debrief, a simple tool that can increase the performance of your team by 40%, after our pilots debrief the results of your mission.

Get to Know the Fighter Pilot world

During and after your event our pilots are keen to engage with yourself and your team, answering questions about their unique world. Be prepared though, our pilots are just as excited about working with you and will have plenty of questions for you on how your business works too!

ENERGETIC. INSPIRING. UNFORGETTABLE

So What’s Flex?

FLawless EXecution

EVERY single fighter pilot, worldwide, without fail over the last 60 years, has used the FLEX methodology to analyse situations and combine the art of strategy with the science of day to day execution. This provides your team with a way of working, each and every day, to improve clarity, alignment and most importantly, performance against your key strategic goals.

It’s also the way entrepreneurs, successful coaches and elite athletes think and act. More and more businesses are using FLEX, to keep pace with the complexity and rapid change that we’re experiencing in the digital era.

PROVEN TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES

WHO’S AFTERBURNER?

For over 25 years the Afterburner team has been accelerating the success of the world’s greatest brands. Bringing real fighter pilots to your event or office, we share secret insights into our culture including how we work as a team to consistently deliver the 98% success rate of the average fighter Squadron.

We understand implicitly the transformative effects of success on your team and how to achieve it using our Flawless Execution (FLEX) methods. Delivered via fun and interactive team building with optional Keynotes, training and coaching programs.

Our mindset and methods are World-Class and combat tested.

We share with you the authentic story of a $15 million per person training program that equips them with a fighter pilot mindset and the ability to get the job done, no matter what the world throws at them!

Unique Fighter Pilot AND Business Experience

Our team are current and former fighter pilots, plus other elite military professionals with a powerful mix of combat experience AND business acumen, including entrepreneurs and graduates of top business schools.

For over 20 years, we’ve leveraged our expertise in strategic execution, strategy development and leadership training to empower individuals, teams, and organisations to close execution gaps, accelerated learning and resilience that can execute a plan, no matter what happens in the business or economic world.

1000S OF REPEAT CLIENTS

What we can do for your team

Inspire.
Align.
Accelerate.

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