Mr. Teschner is a transformational Leadership Coach and Trainer. He is the founder of a St Louis-based Leadership Development company specializing in teaching accountable leadership and high-performing teamwork to businesses across the globe. The company has centered much of its signature training around the proper practice of Accountability. Real Accountability—positive, forward-focused Accountability centered around the process of taking Absolute Ownership for the outcomes the team achieves—is something Mr. Teschner and his team lived during their collective time as member of high-performance military teams. Now they’ve made it their mission to teach what they know to those who need to learn it.
A decorated graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Air University, and the National War College, Mr. Teschner is also both a Distinguished Graduate and former F-15 Instructor at the USAF Weapons School – the Air Force version of “TOP GUN”. It was there that he honed his craft of teaching accountable leadership to the top practitioners in the world. Additionally, Mr. Teschner was privileged to command an operational F-22 “Raptor” squadron, flying America’s most advanced air supremacy platform. Mr. Teschner was ultimately honored to be promoted to the rank of full Colonel but retired early as a result of a battle with colon-rectal cancer. Mr. Teschner has over 20 years of hands-on leadership experience in High-Performance, High-Reliability Organizations and brings all of that experience with him wherever he speaks, teaches or coaches.
Mr. Teschner has a special way of connecting with his audiences, blending high-impact stories of fighter aviation and personal humility to achieve the intended outcome. In addition, his story of his personal fight with cancer serves as the launch pad for talks about humility, growth, motivation, and constant improvement. Mr. Teschner is the author of the #1 bestselling book, Debrief to Win: How High-Performing Leaders Practice Accountable Leadership, and released his newest bestselling book Aiming Higher: A Journey Through Military Aviation Leadership, a book co-authored with 4 other former Air Force pilots, in May of 2022. His next book, Building Resilience, is due out in the Spring of 2023.
Mr. Teschner is the Author and Certified Learning Provider (CLP) for Appleton Greene’s Team Accountability Program, otherwise known as the Top Gun Teamwork Program. To request further information about Mr. Teschner MBA BA through Appleton Greene, please Click Here.
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Most organizations struggle with implementing system-wide accountability. Holding people accountable for their decisions and associated actions is a challenging prospect for anyone, especially those who haven’t been trained on how to do so in a team setting. An additional pressure point is the prospect of accountable leadership in a rapidly changing environment, in an age where disruptors are constantly emerging, challenging “the old way” of doing business.
Organizations that thrive in this age of rapid change are those that have built processes and employ methodologies focusing on human interactions. Critically, they’ve adopted cultures that embrace improvement and value positive, forward-focused accountability in ALL aspects of their operations. Either by design or chance they are following the approach high-performing military teams take to enable success in complex environments the world-over. Learning from these high-performing military teams is a powerful option for any organization that intends to win in the face of constant disruptive changes.
This course takes the very best from the high-performance military team world—a world centered on successfully harnessing the upside of positive, forward-focused accountability to foster team learning, continuous improvement, and enable top performance in a really demanding environment, and usually with a very young and constantly rotating workforce—and translates the core principles into the business world. This course builds on a core that VMax Group has been teaching in business since May of 2018, a core that has led to the rapid expansion of the VMax Group team as a result of constant business growth.
Program participants will gain both clear insights, as well as practical implementation strategies, into how high-performing military teams teach leadership, practice accountability and deal with complexity in a powerful course that gets to the root of both accountable leadership and teamwork. Participants will understand how high-performance military teams organize, prepare for, and execute operations in Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) environments. They will develop a deep understanding of the high-performance team Debrief model, to include an understanding of the cultural requirements necessary for successful implementation. This understanding will lead participants to build Psychological Safety and emphasize Behavioral Standards into their organizational design. The centerpiece of the highperformance team model, The Debrief-Focused Approach, will be utilized as the backbone of the business team lifecycle, enabling course participants to incorporate a positive, forwardfocused approach to teaming, continuous improvement, and team learning into their daily battle rhythms.
The Need for Accountability in Teamwork
Andrew told his co-worker Mina, “Lindsay really irritates me.” The two were waiting for lunch as they sat in the commissary with trays of food in front of them.
“She has to flaunt doing her projects and be ‘miss perfect,'” Andrew continued. “However, despite doing her job before everyone else, she is constantly checking to see if others have completed their assignments. It seems like she always wants to blame us for