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It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy | [D. Michael Abrashoff]

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

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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    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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    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

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    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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    At a time when it is more and more challenging to get great performance from entry-level workers this book is refreshing. Having served in the Navy myself this book brings back memories, both good and bad.
    I will do my best to internalize the lessons in this book and apply them in my role as a leader.

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    I am through my third time reading this book it is a great telling of how a manager found his strenghth to lead and his way on how he should lead.

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    "read by Navy Sailor"

    a great read! I came in the Navy in 2008, and a lot of what the author has initiated has leaked Navy-wide. the author was humble, but did his share of boasting as well. it got old in parts, but the story was driven. I would recommend. to any Sailor, but I see how it has its. merits to a civilian.

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    Impressive account of transforming one of the worst ships into one of the best. Having Captain Abrashoff as the narrator enhanced the listening experience



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    I love the stories that hold each lesson in this book. So often business books are made up fables or dry telling a of theory. It's Your Ship is made up of real lessons from some cool situations

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    This book exceeded my expectation. I'm a police officer and this was a mandatory read by our chief. I took away valuable lessons from every chapter. I highly recommend it to anyone in all types of business. The narrator is the author himself and it was delivered flawlessly.

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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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    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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