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Motivating Your Team Through a Higher Purpose

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


Leading Your Team Through a Storm

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.


Is Your Team Prepared for Anything?

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.


Creating Agile Teams

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.


Why Your Strategic Plan Will Fail

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.


The Advantages of a Diverse Team

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.


Successful Teams Make Value-Based Decisions

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.


Scaling Leadership to Align With Team Size – 10

Leading a team of five is different from leading a team of 5000, leaders must adapt and evolve to the size of their team. Chris “Elroy” Strickland, former Thunderbird pilot and senior military leader, shares how he transitioned from leading formations of aircraft to commanding more than 7000 people across the globe and what business leaders can do to scale their approach to leadership from one team to another.


Overcoming Team Adversity – Lessons Learned from a Navy SEAL - 09

It’s inevitable that your team will fail but it’s how they overcome those failures that matters. Former Navy SEAL, Chris Gomez shares his lessons learned from SEAL training on what it takes for a team to overcome adversity and how to learn from their failures to succeed.


Creating a Successful Team – 08

A successful team is built upon a culture that instills pride in each team member. Leaders must deliberately create the culture by developing the team imperative and principles. In this episode, Thor sits down with the founder and CEO of Afterburner, Jim “Murph” Murphy to discuss how a team can create a culture of success.


How to Build a Strategic Plan That Sticks - 07

Building a strategic plan is one of the most important things you will do as the leader of an organization. In this episode, Thor talks to Afterburner’s strategy expert, Will Duke, about the key areas you need to focus on to build a successful strategic plan.


Business Execution Must Be Impeccable but Not Perfect - 06

It's ok to fail, but your customers should never see your failures. Your company must be impeccable in their business execution to meet the ever-rising demands of the market and your customer. As a leader, to build an elite team that succeeds, you must empower your team to make mistakes but to learn and improve from them. During this episode, Thor talks about three simple steps every team can take to make sure their business execution is impeccable.


Transform the Way You Think - An Interview with Otis "Hoop" Hooper - 05

If you don’t like something, change it. Easier said than done, right? Wrong, change the way you think about it and you change the problem. In this episode, Thor talks to Otis “Hoop” Hooper about his total transformation from “out of shape dad” to an Ironman and an American Ninja Warrior by applying the methodologies of Flawless Execution to his everyday life.


Fighting Task Saturation - 04

At times, we all feel like we have too much to do and not enough time, tools or resources to do them. To be productive, you must figure out what’s most important, stay focused on what matters and create time to be creative. This podcast will give offer you techniques used by fighter pilots to combat task saturation.


The Benefits of the Red Team for Your Strategic Business Plan - 03

You’ve built your strategic business plan, now what? It is inevitable that you will come up against challenges while building your plan. The Red Team is the solution to overcoming these challenges and building plans that are ready to execute today.


Using Your Grit to Improve Team Performance - An Interview with Matt "Hobo" Brady - 02

Your success can be determined by your grit. Matt "Hobo" Brady, a graduate of West Point and Harvard Business School and a former pilot for the U.S. Army shares personal stories of persevering the toughest challenges of his life and turning them into successes.


The Power of the Debrief - 01

Don't continue to make the same mistakes over and over, use the debrief to help you accelerate team performance, close learning gaps and transform business initiatives. Turn repeated mistakes into repeated successes.


Welcome to the Business Thorcast: Accelerating Business Performance - 00

Task saturation, connecting strategy to execution and creating a learning culture are three issues Thor hears daily from clients and knows you also face them as a business leader. This podcast discusses these and other issues and solutions to solve them.