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Home > EMPOWER Press/Media > Afterburner, Inc. Facilitates Keynote and Team Building Workshop for Oracle Brazil’s Applications Team

Afterburner, Inc. Facilitates Keynote and Team Building Workshop for Oracle Brazil’s Applications Team

Former fighter pilots lead group of 35 through cutting edge Leaning Forward program in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Atlanta, September 10, 2012—Today’s leading management training and consulting firm, Afterburner, Inc., delivered a high-energy keynote to 35 employees of the Brazilian location of the computer technology giant, Oracle, in Sao Paulo. Afterburner’s highly trained fighter pilot consultants revealed the firm’s revolutionary Flawless Execution© model, and then implemented a hands-on workshop that allowed attendees to apply the model to everyday processes, identifying potential and recurring errors.

Founded in 1977, Oracle consistently leads the software industry in innovation and development, including its introduction of the first commercially available relational database. Oracle Brazil offers a multitude of products and services for the southern half of the Western Hemisphere, including the integration, management, and servicing of the brand’s database systems. Afterburner has an ongoing partnership with Oracle in the U.S., having performed numerous leadership and team building programs with the Nashville, TN-based corporation. The successful keynote and workshop was the first event held with Oracle Brazil.

The Leaning Forward program was led by former U.S. Air Force pilot Matt “Whiz” Buckley and his wingman, Paulo “Hollywood” De Vasconcellos, an experienced Brazilian fighter pilot. The pair teamed up for the Leaning Forward workshop to train the Oracle Brazil staff on the Plan, Brief, Execute, and Debrief cycle, with emphasis on the Planning and Debriefing steps. The motivational keynote was followed by a Mission Planning Exercise that gave Oracle employees the opportunity to apply the model’s cycle to actual scenarios in which thorough planning and debriefs were key to group success.

The Flawless Execution© model was created by former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Jim “Murph” Murphy in reflection of principles used by military professionals in hostile environments. A zero-tolerance-for-error approach and a holistic, four-part strategic framework address the instabilities of an ever-changing business environment, and equip team members with the tools needed to perform at optimum levels.

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 Embed. With a client list that includes over 30% of the U.S. Fortune 500, Afterburner was 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

About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), visit


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