After years in the military, Murphy returned to his love of business. Prior to his service in the U.S. Air Force, Murphy had a successful career in imaging equipment sales, where he helped increase his company's sales by 500%. Years later, Murphy became Director of Sales for a small paint company. Realizing that the concepts of the Flawless ExecutionSM model could be applied to business, he engaged the proven model - "Plan. Brief. Execute. Debrief." - and increased his company's sales from $5 million to $52 million. Realizing that many companies could benefit from these same concepts, Murphy started Afterburner in early 1996.
Through his leadership, Afterburner has landed on Inc. Magazine's "Inc. 500 List" twice. Murphy has been regularly featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, Newsweek, Meetings & Conventions Magazine and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg news to name a few. He has also been named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. To date, the Afterburner team of elite military professionals has led over 1 million executives, sales professionals, and business people from every industry through Afterburner's Flawless ExecutionSM Model, and its unique, high-energy programs. Afterburner notable clients include the Who's Who of the Global 1000 list of companies. Murphy's groundbreaking book Business Is Combat, is now in its third printing, and his latest book Flawless ExecutionSM was released May 1st, 2005 by Harper Collins publishing. Murphy has spoken at the world's notable business schools to include Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, Emory, and Duke.
- Leadership Training & Workshops
We help your teams plan a road map for success and create disciplined mission plans. There is often a learning curve to effective teamwork. Overcoming this learning curve begins with equipping the members of your team to contribute in the planning process. During these workshops, individuals find themselves igniting innovative conversation and mixing ideas and processes to cultivate entirely new points of view. Your teams will be exposed to the concept of open planning to drive stronger collaboration and more disciplined plans.
Afterburner will facilitate a session to drive accountable action and help your teams choose the right objective to target, create buy-in, and align success.
During a collaborative Mission Planning exercise, your team will get first-hand experience with Jim and his team’s continuous improvement framework — which was born in the zero-tolerance-for-error world of military aviation and elite military teams like Navy SEALs. They push teams out of their comfort zones and into the unknown, rapidly changing environment of a fighter pilot. The team will experience:
•Interactive training that actively engages the whole team
•Team building scenarios that teach concepts through high-energy, simulations
•Real tools that inspire action, help employees build meaningful new skills, and deliver ROI when your team returns to work
•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.
- Military Stretegy & Execution for Executive Leadership
The framework applied by the military to complex or stressful situations during combat teaches people to have discipline, be thoughtful and align strategically with their teams. Based on these tried-and-true principles, our founding team of elite military leaders created Flawless ExecutionSM — a business framework that equips individuals and teams with the tools they need to successfully drive accountability, establish strategic alignment and build mission-first cultures.
- Courage to Execute
Addressing Complexity. Becoming Agile. Leading through Change. Innovation. Operational Excellence. Developing Leaders. Retaining Top Talent. Do these sound like a myriad of challenges, many of which you and your organization today face? Do your strategies to address and excel in these areas seem disconnected and paralyze your people? Would you believe a firm has spent the last two decades evangelizing and demonstrating that in fact they are all connected? And better still, there is a simple, holistic set of tools and techniques you can apply to address them all – simultaneously? Aligned with the 2014 release of his 5th book Courage To Execute, Jim’s new keynote address not only shares how leaders can address these challenges and seize these opportunities, he details the simple, scalable process that elite military teams and Afterburner’s key clients leverage to survive, thrive and dominate where competitors fall short. Leveraging video, corporate and military analogies and Lessons Learned from his work advising Executives at 85% of the Fortune 50 and dozens more, this keynote will inform and empower leaders to scope the environment, drown out the noise, align strategy to execution and empower leaders to demonstrate a Bias to Action – the secret to winning in the today’s business environment.
- Leading Flawless Execution from the Top with Jim Murphy
Afterburner's leadership keynote speaker Jim Murphy has helped top business leaders transform strategy into action. Historically fewer than 20% of all initiatives actually get accomplished. This keynote will help align your team around your strategy and understand exactly what to do and how to do it. This 60-90 minute keynote is based on Jim Murphy's ground breaking book 'Flawless Execution'.