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By Joel “Thor” Neeb: President of Afterburner Inc., Former F-15 Fighter Pilot, Business Strategist and Leader
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A podcast for business leaders looking for new ways to accelerate their team’s performance and improve their organization’s results. Listen as former F-15 Fighter Pilot turned business improvement expert, Joel “Thor” Neeb, shares his lessons learned in creating organizational alignment and developing a culture of disciplined execution to improve business performance. He will also interview other business leaders, industry experts and inspiring individuals that will motivate you to get out of your comfort zone to create lasting change within yourself, your team and your organization. Thor leads Afterburner’s team of elite military professionals who accelerate business execution performance for organizations from Fortune 100 companies to NFL teams. He has personal experience of operating in a high-stakes environment, during his military career he escorted the U.S. President through the sky and flew missions to ensure the safety of the United States after the attacks of 9/11. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, a former F-15 fighter pilot and a graduate of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.
||CleanIterating to Achieve Success with Matthias “Super Frenchie” Giraud||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...||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeading through a Transformation with Jeff Mitchell of VMware||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...||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCapture and Standardize Lessons Learned with John Hunter||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...||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStop Aligning Your Team to Drive Yesterday’s Value||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...||8/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMt. Kilimanjaro: Taking Flawless Execution to the Summit||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,..||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Take Advantage of Your Diverse Team through Inclusion||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...||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding Inspired Alignment with Changing Sales Team Dynamics||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...||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Case for Culture||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...||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Debrief Your Leader or Boss||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...||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Will YOU Need a Contingency Plan?||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...||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat the Digital Transformation Means for You - Interview with James D. Murphy||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.||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChanging Organizational Culture with a Strategic Business Plan – Interview with Jamie Temple||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...||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAligning Your Team with a Common Purpose – Interview with Fred Kofman Part 2||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...||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMotivating Your Team with a Common Purpose - Interview with Fred Kofman Part 1||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...||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeading 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...||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrepare Your Team 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...||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreating Team Agility During a Crisis||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...||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy 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...||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 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...||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSuccessful 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...||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScaling Leadership to Align with Team Size||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” Stricklin, former Thunderbird pilot and senior military leader, shares how he transitioned from leading...||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOvercoming Adversity to Create More Successful Teams – Lessons Learned from a Navy SEAL||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...||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSuccessful Teams Have Pride in Their Organization||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,...||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Build a Strategic Plan That Sticks||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...||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFailing is an Option||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...||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAchieve Your Goals Through Disciplined Execution||Whether you are wanting to make a personal, professional or organizational change there are common lessons learned from all types of transformations. Otis “Hoop” Hooper talks about his total transformation from “out of shape dad” to...||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIncrease Team Productivity by Decreasing Task Saturation||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. Learn three techniques...||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Benefits of the Red Team for Your Strategic Business Plan||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.||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Key to Improving Team Performance||Luck has nothing to do with success, your will to succeed does. Matt "T-Bone" Brady, a graduate of West Point and Harvard Business School and a former pilot for the U.S. Army shares why teamwork was the key to persevering the toughest challenges of...||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStop Making the Same Mistakes. Why the Debrief Matters.||It’s frustrating when your team repeats mistakes. If your team seems to always have the same challenges or if you have team members who are not performing as well as others, the solution is the debrief. The debrief, will accelerate your team...||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to the Business ThorCast: Accelerating Business Team Performance||Your team is having to keep up with the rate of change in your market while dealing with everyday challenges like task saturation, disciplined business execution and staying aligned with the organization's goals. The Business ThorCast offers tools,...||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Real ideas for how to make real progress with my team. Already implementing the Red Team approach.
Great experience and insights!
I've met Thor and he has an incredible team and mission at Afterburner. He has helped me achieve some lofty goals with my corporate team and I can't wait to hear more podcasts and learn from this group!
Inspirational and totally aligned with modern business challenges.
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