Unlike most management consultants, when Hilarie Owen talks of a `high-performing team' she means exactly that - a tight-knit group whose skills are honed and displayed at an altitude of several thousand feet.
For the past two years Hilarie Owen, based in Cheltenham, has followed and studied what many consider the epitome of teamwork: the RAF's Red Arrows. Last month she launched the product of her research - a four-day training programme for directors and senior managers based on her findings.
During her research Owen was given access to all stages of the team's year-round training - from sitting in on the selection of pilots at their base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire to observing their final month of rehearsal in the clear-blue skies over Cyprus. But there was one area from which she was barred: flying. This had nothing to do with her capability as pilot (she is currently studying for a licence) or passenger. `I was beneath the minimum weight requirement,' she says, with the slightest hint of relief.