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James D. Murphy is the CEO of Afterburner, Inc., a consulting firm he founded in 1996 after four years in sales management and eight years as an F-15 fighter pilot. Murphy is also the author of Business Is Combat, and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; Reprint edition (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060834161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060834166
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Boyle on June 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you haven't had the opportunity to experience an Afterburner seminar yet, this book links you into their entire process top-down, from strategy to the flawless execution model to the people who carry out the mission. As head of Training for my organization, I was particularly interested in the section Murph dedicated to training. In the business world we don't place enough emphasis on the importance of training our people - in the military they never place someone in an environment they are not prepared to be in. Training seems to always get sacrificed because we're too busy carrying out tasks to get pulled away. Murph speaks on training to achieve a (specific) Desired Learning Objective, seeing how its done and then doing it - learning from experience. In the corporate world there is much we can learn from military processes. Flawless Execution is a process that can be applied to every business objective - its asks the questions: Did we plan right? Communicate to our people clearly? Give our people the tools they need to execute their job? And, did we capture lessons learned so we can sharpen the saw next time? It's a powerful tool we're applying in my organization with much success. I just hope our competitors don't read this book!
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A true leader realizes any great organization is built around extraordinary individuals. US Air Force Fighter Pilots epitomize clear processes as they fly high-G, supersonic aircraft and refine their skills through trainable, learnable, repeatable processes. In a similar manner, clearly establishing processes for any organizations, from future vision through debrief, accelerates learning and increases experience. The concept of Flawless Execution presented in these pages explains the key is not in the pursuit of perfection; rather it is the pursuit of a method of operation that, when done correctly, can be replicated by the organization. As Fighter Pilots, our training does not give us answers; it teaches us ways to find answers. We are given processes, patterns, and ways to think things through so we can come up with our own answers in a world of partial information, half-intelligence and compressed timelines. This same Plan-Brief-Execute-Debrief-WIn process can be used in every organization to increase efficiency and improve effectiveness.
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Frank, practical advice with a no nonsense approach...just like you'd expect from guys that operate in a space where coming in second isn't an option.

This is a no BS look at how to improve any organization's ability to kick the competition's butt. You won't find "theoretical" discussions from a group of "academics." No charts and graphs. No fancy formulas. Just dozens of ideas that anyone with a desire to improve can implement. The "debrief" section and advice Murph provides has literally changed the way we operate in our company.

Read it...and you'll understand why the USAF is the best in the world. More importantly, you'll see how their training methods can make you better. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
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While I really did enjoy the ideas of the Flawless Execution model and have started implementing part of it into my own life, this book itself seemed to be pretty repetitive. I feel like the same point could have been made in far fewer pages, and without as much unnecessary information such as listing for half of a page the different things that a fighter pilot has to do before he can takeoff. After a while I start to get the point that there is a lot to do, and I'd just rather you get on with how a pilot manages all of these tasks. I originally was going to give this book 3 stars because I feel that it is over-written, but the information that you can pick up out of it is really fantastic. I'd recommend reading this book if you're interested, but don't feel bad if you see a paragraph that is getting repetitive and skip it.
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This book has provided some incredible insight regarding some challenges that many companies face when trying to execute a mission or business plan. It's give me some great ideas on how to improve my company and help my employees execute thier "missions". I've used the book as the basis of some of my blog posts at [...].
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Excellent way to adapt Air Force proven Techniques into Business execution processes
Very Well Done ! Push it up !
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I first read this in the airport waiting for a connecting flight - I could not put it down. When I got home I immediately bought the book for all my people at work. This is worth more than any price if it is truely put into action - a must read for the serious business person.
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Another version of Dr Deming's continous improvement process. The objective review is excellent. Other than that nothing new here.
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