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On Time on Target : How Teams and Company Can Cut Through Complexity and Get Things Done...the Fighter Pilot Way - James D. Murphy

On Time on Target

How Teams and Company Can Cut Through Complexity and Get Things Done...the Fighter Pilot Way

Paperback Published: 24th August 2016
ISBN: 9781760293840
Number Of Pages: 264

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Learn the simple techniques the air force has honed for 60 years to get your work done faster and more successfully, with more precision, just like some of the world's most successful companies have done to dramatically improve their businesses.

At Mach 1.5, encased in 20 tonnes of metal, fighter pilots don't have much time to think. They prepare on the ground to take on anything in the air, then get their job done.

Former fighter pilots Jim 'Murph' Murphy and Christian 'Boo' Boucousis have built on the techniques the air force has honed for 60 years. You'll make clearer decisions, and put them to action with more speed, more precision, more safety, and more success.

Flex's proven plan-brief-execute-debrief cycle is the original and most widely tested 'agile' approach, getting you better and better with each mission. It cuts through noise and complexity, engages people, and helps build an honest and open working culture. Flex also sets your purpose and destination, so that when your team gives their all, they'll deliver for your organisation.

The New York Giants used Flex to finally crack the Super Bowl. PepsiCo used Flex to take on Coke. You'll see how some remarkable businesses have relied on Flex, and some remarkable pilots have taken Flex to their businesses. You'll also feel what it's like to be in the seat of a Hornet, and why Flex is so appreciated by the pilots it keeps alive.

About the Author

James D. Murphy is CEO of Afterburner Inc., the consulting firm he founded in 1996 after eight years as a F-15 fighter pilot with the US Air Force, and author of four bestselling books including Flawless Execution.

Christian Boucousis is CEO of Afterburner Australia and Mode Developments. He served as a F/A-18 fighter pilot for 11 years with the Royal Australian Air Force, using what he learned to build and run businesses in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Australasia.

Industry Reviews

The concept of using 'Top Gun' fighter pilots and drawing similarities to planning their missions to the business environment is right on target. * Johnson & Johnson *
Our PepsiCo leadership team has leveraged Jim Murphy's Afterburner framework and lessons learned to enhance our executional excellence. * PepsiCo *
If you don't believe in silver bullets, and if getting the basics right and outstanding execution mean something to you, then your time will be well spent on this book. -- Umit Subasi * President Asia Pacific - Campbell Arnott's *

Authors' preface


1. The origins of Flex

2. What is Flex?

3. The Flex framework for action

4. The Flex way of thinking

5. The Flex team


6. Flex planning

7. The six-step mission planning process

8. Brief (putting your plan into action)

9. Execute (keeping people to the plan)

10. X-Gaps and execution rhythm (keeping the plan to reality)

11. The debrief


12. Situational awareness

13. Flex in organizations

14. The Flex wings

15. Kickstarting Flex

Our pilots (acknowledgements)



ISBN: 9781760293840
ISBN-10: 1760293849
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 24th August 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.34

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