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:
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
A true leader that every manager should emulate. If it can be done in the military it can be done in any setting.
This book truly breakdowns the basic concepts of leadership! The tips obtained in the first 3 chapters were put to immediate use at work.
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.
My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, I already am. It's an amazing collection of positive, heartwarming leadership stories.
I assume this is his only one.
No, I never listen to them all in one sitting.
Teriffic, have never listened to another non-fiction book which is its equal. An amazing story teller about the virtues of positive leadership.
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.
"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!!!
"just need a ship now"
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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