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It's Your Ship Audiobook

It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy Audiobook

The story of Captain D. Michael Abrashoff and his command of USS Benfold has become legendary inside and outside the Navy. Now Abrashoff offers this fascinating tale of top-down change for anyone trying to navigate today's uncertain business seas. When Captain Abrashoff took over as commander of the Benfold, a ship armed with every cutting-edge system available, it was like a business that had all the latest technology but only some of the productivity.
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The story of Captain D. Michael Abrashoff and his command of USS Benfold has become legendary inside and outside the Navy. Now Abrashoff offers this fascinating tale of top-down change for anyone trying to navigate today's uncertain business seas. When Captain Abrashoff took over as commander of the Benfold, a ship armed with every cutting-edge system available, it was like a business that had all the latest technology but only some of the productivity.

Knowing that responsibility for improving performance rested with him, he realized he had to improve his own leadership skills before he could improve his ship. Within months he created a crew of confident and inspired problem-solvers eager to take the initiative and take responsibility for their actions. The slogan on board became "It's your ship," and Benfold was soon recognized far and wide as a model of naval efficiency. How did Abrashoff do it?

Against the backdrop of today's United States Navy - Benfold was a key player in our Persian Gulf fleet - Abrashoff shares his secrets of successful management including:

  • See the ship through the eyes of the crew: By soliciting a sailor's suggestions, Abrashoff drastically reduced tedious chores that provided little additional value.
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate: The more Abrashoff communicated the plan, the better the crew's performance. His crew would eventually call him "Megaphone Mike", since they heard from him so often.
  • Create discipline by focusing on purpose: Discipline skyrocketed when Abrashoff's crew believed that what they were doing was important.
  • Listen aggressively: After learning that many sailors wanted to use the GI Bill, Abrashoff brought a test official aboard the ship-and held the SATs forty miles off the Iraqi coast.

From achieving amazing cost savings to winning the highest gunnery score in the Pacific Fleet, Captain Abrashoff's extraordinary campaign sent shock waves through the U.S. Navy. It can help you change the course of your ship, no matter where your business battles are fought.

©2006 D. Michael Abrashoff; 2012 Hachette Audio

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    Gerardo Leyva Inglewood, CA United States 03-03-15
    Gerardo Leyva Inglewood, CA United States 03-03-15
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    A true leader that every manager should emulate. If it can be done in the military it can be done in any setting.

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    This book truly breakdowns the basic concepts of leadership! The tips obtained in the first 3 chapters were put to immediate use at work.

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    Rafik Farouk 01-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    I have enjoyed this book so much. Great stories and leadership lessons that I forget about with time and career growth. Take notes, observe what you do and make changes. This book is not only change some of my approaches, it's going to help make a difference in other people lives. Definitely worth reading.

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    Sharon Schafer Bennett The Woodlands, TX, United States 01-31-13
    Sharon Schafer Bennett The Woodlands, TX, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2014

    My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.

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    "Empowering and Full of Good Advice"

    I really enjoyed listening to this, and I have started incorporating what I learned into where I work. And it is working, much to my boss's surprise. You might be surprised if you try it too. I may not work on the best damn ship in the Navy, but I definitely now work at the best damn store in the chain.

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    e. Myers 01-11-16
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    "GREAT book."

    Very quick read with great stories and lessons for the civilian world too. highly recommend.

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    Gregory 01-01-16
    Gregory 01-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A good read for leaders who haven't lead in awhile"

    Well written and captured your attention. For leaders with modern degrees or leadership training, the author does well to reinforce what you've learned recently. For leaders with old training or haven't lead in awhile, it provides insight into modern leadership philosophies more aligned to today's workforce.

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    Teidra 12-07-15
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    "Informative"

    I learned alot from this book. It helped me take a look at my role as a leader and make some needed changes to how I interact with my team. I saw positive results immediately.

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    Butch Garst 10-23-15
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    "A Must Read/Listen Book!"

    The author's reading performance was excellent! The content was better taken in by the listener due to the author's reading performance. This gave the book a personal touch left out of so many audio book performances. The content was an excellent mix of ways to supervise and how a leader should mentally think with INNOVATION. This book is not only for leaders/supervisors but also for those seeking promotions or leadership positions from the lowest rank and up. This includes military, corporate or small business personnel. This book should be in your top three regarding supervision.

    From a Retired State Trooper & Current Chief Deputy in Kentucky.

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    "Set an Leadership at its best."

    I don't recall the author mentioning the phrase "Servant Leadership", but this is the most relevant book I've read on the subject in a very long time. Invest the time in this book, the myriad lessons will change the way you approach your work. And don't let the title fool you, this is 100% applicable to the business world. If you're an aspiring supervisor or the CEO of a global organization, please invest the time in this book, you won't be disappointed.

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    scogre San Diego, CA 10-01-15
    scogre San Diego, CA 10-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun Book with a good message and compelling story"

    This is a fun listen. The message is good and the story keeps it entertaining. I have tried to Implement a few of the author's points already at work.

    Definitely worth the listen.

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    "one of the most fantastic books about leadership"

    I really love this book. very inspiring and loads of to learn. it has change a lit in my life and work. Thank you Captain!!!

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    What did you like most about It's Your Ship?

    this book gives very good advice for people in a or trying to get into a position of command/authority. it dose it's best to try to get it in your head to trust in others and to make those who can't be trusted to a point where they can be. it also encourages you to take the initiative in solving problems.


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