Afterburner® Delivers Combat-Derived Performance Training to Washington Redskins

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The 4-6 Redskins hosted Afterburner consultants for team-building and leadership training at FedEx Field in Landover, MD

Afterburner, an Atlanta-based leadership consulting firm, continued its work with the NFL Player Engagement program as it hosted a dynamic, multi-media keynote for the Washington Redskins at Fedex Field during the team’s bye week. The seminar featured the firm’s innovative Flawless Execution® model, which combines strategic processes and continuous improvement initiatives used by military elite to achieve individual and team alignment.

The Redskins saw a slow start to the 2012 season, but have shown a revitalized energy following their bye week training with a 31-6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. After the keynote, the players participated in a lively Q & A with the consultants on how to best implement the comprehensive model on the field to facilitate better communication among team members. By applying Flawless Execution, the team will foster a mutually supportive continuous improvement environment that will lead to increased efficiency in all areas of the game.

The event was led by F/A-18 Hornet instructor pilot Patrick “Lips” Houlahan, as well as former Blue Angel pilot Scott “Intake” Kartvedt and M1 Abrams Tank Gunner Scott “Gunner” Leonard. The consultants, who have all experienced the need for truly flawless execution in hostile territory, discussed with the Redskins how the combat-derived approach is not only applicable to professional sports, but is integral to a successful season. Key components of the Flawless Execution model, including increased communication and thorough planning and debriefing, will help the team return to the field with a renewed mission objective for the 2012 season.

The Player Engagement program is an initiative introduced by the league to assist in the continuing professional and personal development of players. The Redskins are one of five teams Afterburner will work with this season, including the St. Louis Rams, Green Bay Packers, and Denver Broncos, as well as a second partnership with Super Bowl XLVI champions, the New York Giants.

Following the training, veteran tight end Chris Cooley stated, "This was some of the best training I’ve received in my 10 year career." Fellow tight end Logan Paulson echoed Cooley’s comments, adding, "We are asked to go through a lot of this. It was nice to be presented with something we can use on or off the field."

To learn more about Afterburner’s innovative approach to professional development and strategy, visit or call (404)-835-3500.

About Afterburner®

Afterburner, Inc., founded in 1996 by U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Jim “Murph” Murphy, trains organizations around the world in the simple, scalable improvement processes of Flawless Execution, which encompasses the Three E’s-Empower, Equip, and EmbedSM. With a client list that includes over 30% of the U.S. Fortune 500, Afterburner is among Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies” and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Financial Times, Newsweek, and Meetings and Conventions Magazine. Afterburner has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg News. For information on Afterburner’s Flawless Execution model, please visit

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