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Iterating to Achieve Success with Matthias “Super Frenchie” Giraud

9/20/2018
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If you haven’t heard of Matthias “Super Frenchie” Giraud, I guarantee that you’ve seen him. He’s a Pro Skier and B.A.S.E. Jumper – the ones that get dropped off at the top of a mountain by a helicopter, skis down the mountain, and looks for a cliff to jump off. Matthias understands what it’s like to operate in a high-stakes, zero tolerance for error world. In this episode, Matthias tells Thor about the methodology he applies behind the scenes to stay safe and succeed in one of the harshest...

Duration:00:43:55

Leading through a Transformation with Jeff Mitchell of VMware

9/6/2018
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What’s the most hotly contested and disruptive market today? End User Computing. In this episode of The Business Thorcast, we talk to Jeff Mitchel, the Senior VP of EUC Sales for VMware. As a leader, Jeff had his back against the wall with multiple challenges in a marketplace that was moving faster than anybody in the sector could keep up with. In a short period of time, Jeff turned that situation into one of the biggest success stories that I've seen. Hear how he did it and what tools and...

Duration:00:35:08

Capture and Standardize Lessons Learned with John Hunter

8/23/2018
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John Hunter, CFO of Buffalo Construction, Inc., tells Thor how his teams use Debriefs to identify Lessons Learned and standardize best practices to positively impact each of their future projects. John breaks down how the effects of the Debriefs can be seen across the organization (and with their clients!) and is responsible for 15% profit increase.

Duration:00:22:41

Stop Aligning Your Team to Drive Yesterday’s Value

8/10/2018
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In this episode of The Business Thorcast, Thor discusses how you can align your desperate teams – or even two companies that compete with one another – around a common goal and execution process. The result? Elevated success that is more than any group could ever have individually.

Duration:00:17:57

Mt. Kilimanjaro: Taking Flawless Execution to the Summit

7/26/2018
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This episode of The Business Thorcast is unlike any before. Instead of diving into business initiatives and flying airplanes, Thor recounts his experience of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with an elite team of executives. Thor and VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger, SVP of Customer Experience, Scott Bajtos, and Global Accounts Leader, David Kluzak apply Afterburner’s Flawless Execution methodology not only in the business world but in situations outside of the office. Thor describes how the team used...

Duration:00:22:29

How to Take Advantage of Your Diverse Team through Inclusion

7/24/2018
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These days you hear a lot of talk about diversity and inclusion. It seems like every company we work with has some sort of initiative around creating a more diverse environment and leveraging the diversity of their team members through a more inclusive culture. But how do you create that inclusive culture? In this episode of The Business Thorcast we bring back Tracy “JackieO” LaTourrette, one of the first female fighter pilots, to talk with us about what she learned about diversity and...

Duration:00:29:43

Building Inspired Alignment with Changing Sales Team Dynamics

6/21/2018
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Joel “Thor” Neeb sits down with Mark Paske of VMware for this week’s episode to discuss how Flawless Execution brought success to the tech company’s sales team and culture. In a marketplace where the expectations are changing every day, you have to keep your team one step ahead of the competition and rate of change. Understanding the importance of alignment and team communication became the backbone for VMware’s sales team that allowed them to thrive in a turbulent environment.

Duration:00:32:10

A Case for Culture

6/7/2018
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An often-overlooked component to any team’s success is their long-term vision, also referred to as the High-Definition Destination. Many leaders are too distracted by the problems they face in the present to focus on the future. In this episode, Joel "Thor" Neeb discusses the importance of creating a pull culture in order to engage your team towards success. Thor acknowledges the opposite theory of a push culture or compliance and admits its successful on occasion, however, he uses his...

Duration:00:23:57

How to Debrief Your Leader or Boss

5/24/2018
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You hear a lot about Job Security and how to ensure your employability in a volatile and uncertain job market. But how often do you hear about Job Insecurity? In this tell-all exposé, Executive Consultant, Otis “Hoop” Hooper, publicly Debriefs the big-boss here at Afterburner. Hoop still can’t believe Thor is moving forward with launching this episode of The Business Thorcast… Can you? Subscribe and listen now!

Duration:00:28:49

When Will YOU Need a Contingency Plan?

5/10/2018
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In pilot training, the first thing you had to do before you ever left land was practice in an emergency simulator. You would be put in the most catastrophic situations and have to figure out how to keep yourself safe. How were we always able to stay safe and calm in these situations? By using our checklist and contingency plans. Business can also use contingency plans to build confidence with their team. To keep the team focused on the goal instead of wondering if the worst will happen. In...

Duration:00:24:48

What the Digital Transformation Means for You - Interview with James D. Murphy

4/26/2018
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Everyone is talking about technology as a strategic resource. In this episode, Thor and Murph discuss the trends they see and what you need to know in order to lead through the disruption of the digital transformation.

Duration:00:34:04

Changing Organizational Culture with a Strategic Business Plan – Interview with Jamie Temple

4/12/2018
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Organizational culture is a hard thing to change. It’s not enough to say you are going to change it, you need to have a strategic business plan behind the goal. In this episode, Jamie Temple, EUC Program Manager VMware, shares how her organization utilized strategic business planning to merge two cultures to create a successful team.

Duration:00:37:46

Aligning Your Team with a Common Purpose – Interview with Fred Kofman Part 2

3/29/2018
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In the second part of his interview, Fred Kofman, Vice President of Executive Development at LinkedIn, shares with The Business ThorCast host, Joel “Thor” Neeb, why he thinks the key to a successful team is the alignment of your team around a common purpose and a set of shared standards.

Duration:00:24:35

Motivating Your Team with a Common Purpose - Interview with Fred Kofman Part 1

3/15/2018
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Doing the best for the team doesn’t always mean doing the best for yourself. In part one of his interview, Fred Kofman, Vice President of Executive Development at LinkedIn, discusses why it’s important to connect your team to a higher purpose to achieve company goals.

Duration:00:41:30

Leading Your Team Through a Storm

3/1/2018
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You can’t tactically work your way out of a strategic problem. When your team is facing a big shift in strategy, you must gather your team to build a new strategic plan, align the team around that strategy and establish an execution rhythm for accomplishing the goal. Afterburner COO, Joe “Gusto” Connolly, shares his mistakes and lessons learned from leading teams through challenging situations.

Duration:00:23:38

Prepare Your Team for Anything

2/15/2018
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When the worst-case scenario occurs or when the big call comes in, is your team ready? Former astronaut, Bill “Borneo” Gregory, tells the story of his space mission that could have never happened but how he was prepared when it did. He shares the simple, logical techniques business teams can use to ensure they are prepared for the predictable threats and once in a lifetime opportunities.

Duration:00:34:11

Creating Team Agility During a Crisis

2/1/2018
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When disaster strikes, the United States government is ready to deploy assistance where needed. What can your team learn about agility from this highly bureaucratic organization? Thor sits down with Afterburner team member Otis “Hoop” Hooper to discuss his recent deployment to the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria and the techniques corporate teams can learn from his experience in order to stay agile.

Duration:00:27:28

Why Your Strategic Plan Will Fail

1/18/2018
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The odds are not in your favor when it comes to successfully accomplishing your strategic plan. Over the past 20 plus years, Founder and CEO of Afterburner, Jim "Murph" Murphy has seen plans fail time and time again for the same reasons. He sits down with Thor to discuss the top five reasons strategic plans fail and what you can do to make sure yours does not.

Duration:00:25:58

The Advantages of a Diverse Team

1/4/2018
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Diversity plays a significant role in the success of your team. Tracy “Jackie O” LaTourrette, shares her experiences of being one of the first female fighter pilots in the US military and discusses with Thor ways leaders can make diversity a priority, the advantages diversity can bring to a team and how new team members can bring a unique perspective and make a meaningful impact.

Duration:00:33:56

Successful Teams Make Value-Based Decisions

12/21/2017
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For a team to outperform others, decisions should be based on the team’s values and principles. Following the events of 9/11, Andrew “Skeet” Sandoe changed his entire life and made the decision to leave the financial industry and join the Marines based on his own personal ethos. And, that same ethos led him to leave military service and back to the world of finance. He and Thor discuss why value-based decision making is important to the success of an individual and a team.

Duration:00:43:16