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Philip Keil’s workshops: learn from professional aviation!

What is your destination? The “Crew Resource Management” (CRM) was developed by the NASA, to empower teams and to minimize human error. Philip Keil uses this practical approach for his innovative leadership workshops. Intentionally, he chooses new paths, to activate his participants for real changes.

Get ready for new destinations in terms of leadership and teamwork!  


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In 1981 Philip Keil is born in Munich, Germany.

In 2001 he graduates secondary school. In the same year, he passes the selection process of the Lufthansa German Airline pilot school.

In 2002 he commences the pilot education in Bremen, Moenchengladbach (GER), Phoenix, AZ and Vero Beach, FL (USA).

Since 2004 he works as airline pilot with bases in London, Glasgow (UK), Montreal (CAN) and Munich (GER).

2009 he managed to prevent at the last second an air crash. Ever since he researches on the causes of human failure inside cockpits and develops techniques for a transformation of the the “Crew Resource Management” from aviation into business life.

Since 2014 he is professional speaker and author.

Since 2017 he is among the “Top 100” keynote speakers of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.


Philip Keil lives with his wife and their daughter in Kirchheim near Munich (GER).

Confidence is the fuel for success!

Philip Keil has experienced, how essential (for survival) concrete strategies are in challenging situations. In this enthralling keynote, the pilot opens the cockpit door for his audience. What actually happens, when an emergency case requires immediate action? How do we manage to unfold our full potential under pressure?

Colorful and exciting Philip Keil transfers his expert knowledge to the turbulent daily business life of his “passengers”. Fasten your seat belt!

  • Reaching goals means reaching people: don’t delegate, lead
  • How to deal with change: clear priorities are an agile teams’ compass
  • Crash factors harmony and routine: what really inspires your “crew”

Commercial pilot

At the age of 22 he was ranked among the youngest airline pilots in Germany. He worked and lived in the United States, Great Britain and Canada. His pilot logbook manifests his impressive experience: 8.000 flying hours on four continents and within almost every climate zone.

In 2009, when a routine flight with 190 passengers on board all of a sudden turned into an emergency, Keil managed to prevent an air crash at the last second. This day was to changed his life. In his book “Ready for take-off” he coped with the experienced and ever since researches on the causes of human failure inside cockpits. As an author, speaker and management trainer, he transfers these findings to business life.

Philip Keil is still an active pilot at a major German airline.   

Manager training in the flight simulator

To decide promptly, to communicate clearly, to identify problems early and manage them as a team: in order to recall these soft skills under pressure, pilots are being trained regularly in the flight simulator. It is not designed for managers – actually. 

Where participants become pilots

In this exclusive and unique one-day workshop, Philip Keil opens the cockpit door for people managing teams and companies. His credo: in any field, teamwork and clear priorities make the difference over crash or landing on the dot. The flight simulator offers a perfect training environment for this purpose.

You learn to:

  • make and to execute tough decisions under time pressure.
  • identify errors at an early stage and to solve problems by method.
  • communicate clearly and to work within a team effectively.
  • be a confident leader, prepared for the unexpected.

Where adrenalin meets inspiration

The cockpit, the sounds, even the shake upon touchdown – every detail is authentic. Beyond the fun and the adrenalin, this training enables you to transfer the achievements into your working routine.

Flight schedule:


The participants learn the strategies of professional pilots, developed by the NASA.


After a brief introduction in the cockpit interior, it is time to get airborne: the participants fly on their own, they encounter tricky team challenges and have to follow well-defined priorities. Each crew member performs the duties of the “Pilot Flying”, as well as the “Pilot Monitoring”.


In the subsequent feedback session, each maneuver and team performance will be analyzed individually and experiences are being shared. Finally, the “lessons learned” for the daily working routine will be concluded.

Wilhelm Sturm

Mr. Keil inspired the audience immediately. Due to the combination of valuable content and his entertaining presentation, each guest took away practical ideas for its business.

Wilhelm Sturm
CEO Sturm Gruppe

Crash or landing on the dot?

The training of professional pilots is just 10% about the flying skills. The remaining 90% is about leadership competencies such as problem solving, effective teamwork and managerial responsibility. Apart from strict hierarchy, crews nowadays are required to react promptly and coordinated to changing situations. In the “company-cockpit” likewise!

Get excited about fascinating insights in the work patterns of professional pilots and about valuable take-aways for your teams and leaders.

  • Why teams fail and the tools every “captain” should know about
  • How the most important switch in the cockpit will change the way you’re heading
  • Maximum thrust for shared success: how to live a learning culture

Imperial Tobacco

Your analogy Aviation – Business was a real eye opener. Your 60-minute-keynote spun away, that’s how electrifying and colorful it was!

Dr. Rainer Eberlein
Imperial Tobacco

YOU are the pilot!

In this motivating keynote, Philip Keil combines surprising findings of the NASA research with his own experiences of more than 8.000 flying hours on four continents. He produces bright pictures and inspires his audience, to define new team goals and individual standards.

Experience, what “Good Airmanship” means for your company and which key role the leader takes.

  • Take responsibility: methods for the business culture 4.0
  • Because hiding is no option: confident decisions in turbulent times
  • Silence never again – how to communicate clearly and to speak up


Airlines invest millions of dollars in the education of their pilots. This special skill-based training is a unique and innovative approach by the NASA, aiming for one goal: to stay mentally focused and to think, act and communicate effectively in extraordinary difficult situations. Philip Keil transfers these methods to people and companies of all kinds, aiming for peak performance in their field.

As an aviation expert, Philip Keil is a well known guest in the media. His huge experience as airline pilot and his authorship makes him an ideal reference for subjects related to air safety and error management.

Dr. Jochen Forstner

Philip Keil is right on the dot when it comes to the challenges, the business representatives have to face nowadays. He enriched our event tremendously!

Dr. Jochen Forstner
Daimler AG

René Behr

Our leadership board scored your thrilling keynote with the top grade. The only thing I missed, was popcorn!

René Behr
HR Director IWC

NASA strategies for leaders

How can we get the most out of our available resources? Many years ago, a team of scientists of the NASA found an answer to this question: the Crew Resource Management enables pilots to act confidently under pressure, to decide quickly and to maintain the overview in emergencies. What revolutionized the work in the cockpit can help to handle turbulent situations in business too. This seminar teaches the highly effective strategies and the application spectrum for leaders and entrepreneurs.

Your profit:

  • enhance your leadership skills under pressure.
  • improve your ability for situational awareness.
  • learn methods on how to deal with time critical and difficult decisions.
  • as the “captain”, learn to make maximum use of the resources of your “crew”.
  • adapt the “Human Factor” model for a positive error culture.

The goals of this seminar:

  • master your time- and resource management.
  • gather new leadership- and team skills.
  • increase your decision making competencies.

Prof. Dr. Mayer

Excellent speaker! Both, his exciting experiences and his highly effective pilot strategies made his speech to an outstanding event for our company!

Prof. Dr. Mayer
General Electric


Philip Keil was the highlight of our Sales Kick-off! You could have heard a pin drop – that’s how magnetized our Sales leaders were. Simply perfect!

Thomas A. Fornol
Swiss Life AG

Achim von Michel

Thank you for your keynote – extremely exciting! I actually incorporated your strategies into my daily work routine!

Achim von Michel
Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft