Afterburner is a high performing team of men and women who are real-life fighter pilots or military aviators. The Afterburner pilots are passionate about helping people learn and apply the techniques they use every day to achieve a consistent mission success rate of 98%.
A fighter pilots’ workplace is like no other. They operate in rapidly changing, complex and sometimes hostile environments, yet they consistently excel in achieving successful outcomes, they’ve developed the winning habit. Each fighter pilot is the product of a $15 million training program that pushes them to the limit of mental and physical performance. They’ll share with you the four key secrets to increasing your performance and success rates by three times, what they call “3X”.
Who is afterburner
Afterburner lead speaker, facilitator and coach Christian "Boo" Boucousis was a fighter pilot for 11 years before becoming a successful entrepreneur and published author. With a passion for start-ups, growth and what makes people tick, he delivers a powerful human message through his company Afterburner Australia. What's the message? How to optimise the performance of all the people within your organisation by using the lessons learned in an environment that tests human physical and mental performance at the edge of the envelope, a high-performance jet fighter Squadron. What's the secret? A simple four-step process that creates clarity, motivation, continuous improvement, agility and accountability for you and your team.
Whether you are a leader or a valued member within a team, the methods employed by fighter pilots consistently deliver results, whether you are a high-performance sports team, a small organisation or a large complex corporation, there is something for everyone in an Afterburner experiential program. Why do Boo and his pilots love working with you? Because the feedback is always the same:
"Without doubt the best presentation we've ever seen"
"We've never experienced that level of engagement from our team before"
"We still use the fighter pilot methodology three years later"
“I don’t really get into inspiring keynotes, yours was different, I was inspired!!”
Afterburner keynotes and experiential programs are ranked 4.9/5.0 on Facebook and Google by hundreds of participants, not only is Afterburner the 'safe' option for your next event, the pilots will leave a lasting impression on your team and drive genuine results long after your event. The fact Afterburner continues to grow and expand its programs after 22 years is a testament to the quality and durability of the content.
How they work...
Who exactly is "the fighter pilot"? The Afterburner team takes you on a journey, immersing you in their unique world. Through storytelling, video and music, you'll discover what it truly takes to be a fighter pilot. You'll soon realise these fighter pilots are everyday Joe's, who have transformed and developed into highly capable individuals through training and mastery of this very special methodology. Only 15 fighter pilots graduate from the Royal Australian Air Force's training program every two years talk about gruelling! Afterburner demonstrates that no matter who you are, you can sustainably exceed your expectations and goals. You can win. What makes the Afterburner fighter pilots particularly adept at maintaining a clear focus on objectives in the midst of complexity, is how they maintain situational awareness or clarity each day. Afterburner will introduce the concept of situational awareness and how to achieve it by using their four-step FLEX Method.
Whether you're wanting a keynote, team building and development or a training program- the approach remains the same. Their keynote will introduce you to the FLEX Methodology and mindset, whilst more immersive programs will allow you to practice and experience the benefits of FLEX first-hand.
To help facilitate those "a-ha!" moments, Afterburner customises their programs to ensure they are tailored to your strategic objectives to deliver a "how to get things done better, faster and with greater success" message to your team.
First, you meet your fighter pilot and learn what it takes to be one and how Flex can assist you in accelerating your own success. Your pilot focuses on everything from highly skilled commentary, awe-inspiring and compelling stories to multimedia for you to become fully immersed into their world of a fighter pilot. They might have you holding on to the edge of your seat, but most importantly, they help your people understand that success is a mindset, not a talent.
They remind you that being consistently successful is possible if we all understand the common human performance traits that get in our way and understand the simple way to manage them. Once you understand a little more about the fighter pilots secret to success, Boo and his team will take you on the FLEX journey and show how it can be applied to your life, your team and your organisation.
Key highlights of the program include:
- The importance of aligning strategy and day to day goals, with clarity and total accountability
- PLAN - How to plan collaboratively and set realistic goals
- BRIEF - The importance of communication when executing a plan or strategy
- EXECUTE - Highlighting the performance draining effects of task saturation and how to prioritise, focus and achieve 300% more in a day or "3X"
- DEBRIEF - Improve performance, enhance mentoring and deliver change rapidly through a simple meeting focused on learning from common mistakes and errors in a "nameless and rankless" environment.
Afterburner armed us with the right tools and mindset needed to maintain a high-performance environment. It was a fantastic and highly engaging immersive exercise.
- Chief Executive Officer, Investa Property Group
The weaving in of the messaging and outcomes we had discussed before the event was brilliant. All delegates felt the relevance of the session to their work. We've already had fantastic feedback on the session from our GMs and leaders.
- Vice President Operations, South East Asia and Korea - IHG Hotels & Resorts
Having been involved with many "team-building" type exercises before, I can honestly say yours was the most relevant, practical, entertaining and thought-stimulating program I have ever seen.
- President, IBM Credit Corporation
The Afterburners Team obviously spent an incredible amount of prep time getting to know our business and our competition. This enabled them to walk and speak our language, which earned instant credibility with our senior leadership team. It opened the door to some great discussions around improving how we work together - the result of which has already made us a more effective team.
- Vice President of Leadership Development, Bank of America
I can honestly say that the seminar significantly exceeded expectations and was the highlight of our meeting. We enjoyed the fact that the seminar was delivered in a very professional manner, and had the right blend of pertinent business focus in a light-hearted and fun way.
- Senior Vice President, ditech.com
The impact that the Afterburner seminar had was incredible. Not only was it the highest-rated segment of our annual meetings, but our store managers have begun to apply what they learned on a day to day basis. The Afterburner seminar received a standing ovation after every one of its programs. This has never happened before
- Director of Management Development, Home Depot
Even four months later, people are still talking about Afterburner seminars. Your portion of the meeting really had a big impact on our managers. Plan, brief, execute and debrief are terms we hear around the office now. I feel we have built a great working relationship and I look forward to our next project together.
- Program Manager, Sprint