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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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    Chris galena, OH, United States 02-28-13
    Chris galena, OH, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    What did you love best about It's Your Ship?

    Positive reinforcement and the willingness of the commander to think outside the box, make logical decisions when they are not aligned with documented guidelines and to challenge his charges with taking ownership in the organization.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author. I really liked his management style, determination to stay involved in the process and demanding performance of his charges.


    What does D. Michael Abrashoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Michael is an engaging speaker. I bought ths book after hearing him speak at a prefessional conference I attended this winter.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many. There is no shortage of good examples of constructive motivational leadership scenarios.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to mention anything negative but there where a few instances where I thought that decisions made to boost morale such as running the ship wide open to get to shore a few hours early might have been an unnecessary waste of my tax dollars. The topic is rather sensitive now with the current ineptitude of federal leadership. These are minor events in the book. Overall enjoyable read.

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    Amazon Customer The Woodlands, TX, United States 01-31-13
    Amazon Customer The Woodlands, TX, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2011

    My reading and listening tastes are eclectic.

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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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    Would you try another book from D. Michael Abrashoff and/or D. Michael Abrashoff?

    I was not able to download what i bought. Some crazy file named admhelper was downloaded and that was the end of it. NO audio book.


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