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Leaning Forward is an interactive, corporate event program where your team will learn, via lecture and experiential learning, how fighter pilots strive for flawless execution in every single mission. Your group will work side-by-side with some of America's top fighter pilots and learn how they excel in the business of combat. Our Afterburner team brings these lessons to your own business environment, in living color, using a multimedia presentation, a role playing breakout session with experienced military fighter pilots as facilitators, and punctuated by an intensely climatic and motivational closing. The energy and skill training of this event will improve your group's performance at every level.

Every Black OpsSM event is centered around the Flawless Execution ModelSM- Plan, Brief, Execute, Debrief, Win! This innovative team building event is under 3 hours in length and uses the latest in technologies including i-Touch communication devices and custom digital mapping software. After the opening lecture, we will split your group into teams of 18-25 participants. These teams are then put through an energizing team building exercise. This exercise stresses the Plan, Brief, Execute, Debrief process that has made units like Delta Force and the U.S. Navy SEAL’s so successful.

Real business take-aways are obtained during two complete cycles of planning a hostage rescue mission that highlights the benefits of debriefing and the value of lessons learned. On average, groups have yielded an improvement of over 70% when properly debriefed between the first and second missions. These debriefing techniques and lessons learned are reinforced during the wrap up and connected to your team’s real world business execution rhythm.

U.S. Navy SEALs undergo and are forged by some of the most intensive Special Forces selection and training of any Elite Military Professional in the world. They are a special breed of warrior with mission capabilities in any environment. Often operating silently under cover of darkness, they train with a relentless commitment to individual initiative, personal responsibility and mission accomplishment.

Learn how our US Navy SEALs selected, trained, planned, led and Flawlessly Executed their missions all over the globe. Experience our Navy SEAL speakers share the tools and techniques SEAL teams use to thrive and survive in rapidly changing and hostile environments. Learn how you too can apply those same tools to any business situation, anytime, anywhere.

This exciting, interactive high impact one hour keynote highlights the process the SEALs use to ensure they Execute Flawlessly, and then applies that same process to you and your team. Imagine hearing first hand stories about real-world missions that demonstrate how to leverage this incredible process to drive initiative, accountability and achievement – just like the SEALs.

Madeleine K. Albright (Exclusively WSB)

In an up-close-and-personal format, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright sits down for a candid discussion, sharing her perspective on the current state of world affairs and on the personalities who shape today’s headlines. Audiences are given unprecedented access to one of the globe’s most powerful, respected and vibrant women as Albright sheds light on challenges both personal and public. Albright responds to questions from both the moderator and the audience, and engages in a no-holds-barred discussion of issues ranging from war and peace to the challenge of juggling career and family life.

A remarkable leader and strategic visionary, General Keith Alexander—four-star general and the longest-serving director of the world’s largest intelligence service (the NSA)—knows what it takes to get the job done. Tenacious, intelligent and forward-thinking in his dedication to keeping the nation safe, Alexander exudes the imperatives of strong leadership. Prior to his tenure as head of the NSA, CSS and USCYBERCOM, Alexander held a number of high-level posts which nurtured these characteristics and helped to secure his advancement and success, including: deputy chief of staff (G-2, Intelligence); commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command; director of intelligence for U.S. Central Command; and military intelligence leadership at the company, battalion and brigade level. In a clear and concise presentation of value to all individuals interested in learning what it takes to lead and how to get there, Alexander chronicles the challenges and rewards he has faced over the years and provides audiences with valuable insight on:

  • The imperatives of strong leadership
  • Leading during times of rapid technical change
  • What it takes to lead an agency of small or massive proportions
  • How to provide effective support to team members and organizations at home and abroad
  • What a comprehensive strategy entails and why such an approach is imperative to any establishment’s longevity

With the increase in technology, our societies have become increasingly socially isolated. Join Justin and Patrick as they share stories and observations on the impact healthy relationships lead to community, and how a healthy community can take you places you never thought possible.

Justin and Patrick draw on their work and life experiences, delving into what they believe is the most important attribute of an effective leader: vulnerability. Learn how being vulnerable aided them on their 500 mile journey through Spain and how it can bring strength to your team or business, create loyalty within your workforce, and can generate greatness where stagnancy once prevailed.

José Andrés (Exclusively WSB)

Described by The Wall Street Journal as “a force of nature, the Energizer Bunny, the Tasmanian devil, and Luke Skywalker,” José Andrés is not your typical “chef” by any stretch of the imagination. As a man with 13 restaurants; numerous prestigious accolades, including the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in America, the highest honor in the U.S. restaurant industry; owner of ThinkFoodGroup, a company with 800 employees and an annual revenue of $75 million; a sought-after TV icon; a political activist; and a professor at Harvard, Andrés’s secret to success is evident in his being so passionate about creativity and innovation that he has no problem rolling up his sleeves and doing the heavy lifting himself. In a presentation chock-full of edge-of-your-seat anecdotes, Andrés proves that a culture of innovation and creativity not only leads to personal success, but also a better tomorrow for all.

Most of us think of ourselves as honest, but, in fact, we all cheat. From Washington to Wall Street, the classroom to the workplace, unethical behavior is everywhere. None of us is immune, whether it’s the white lie to head off trouble or padding our expense reports. In a presentation based on his most recent book The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, award-winning, best-selling author Dan Ariely turns his unique insight and innovative research to the question of dishonesty.

Generally, we assume that cheating, like most other decisions, is based on a rational cost-benefit analysis. But Ariely argues, and then demonstrates, that it’s actually the irrational forces that we don’t take into account that often determine whether we behave ethically or not. For every Enron or political bribe, there are countless puffed résumés, hidden commissions and knockoff purses. Ariely shows why some things are easier to lie about; how getting caught matters less than we think; and how business practices pave the way for unethical behavior, both intentionally and unintentionally. Ariely explores how unethical behavior works in the personal, professional and political worlds, and how it affects all of us, even as we think of ourselves as having high moral standards.

But all is not lost. Ariely also identifies what keeps us honest, pointing the way for achieving higher ethics in our everyday lives. With compelling personal and academic findings, Ariely will change the way we see ourselves, our actions and others.

David Axelrod (Exclusively WSB)

From the financial crisis and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the fight for health care reform, the Obama Administration was tested with issues of enormous consequences. As President Obama’s senior advisor, David Axelrod worked 20 feet from the Oval Office. He shares his thoughts on leadership as someone who was in the room as monumental decisions were made affecting the lives of millions of people around the world. Drawing on his years as a top strategist and spokesman, Axelrod gives audiences a behind-the-scenes look at life in the White House and shares what he has learned from his experiences on the world stage.

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