"Leadership should mean giving control rather than taking control and creating leaders rather than forging followers."
David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. As newly appointed captain of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, he was responsible for more than a hundred sailors, deep in the sea. In this high-stress environment, where there is no margin for error, it was crucial his men did their job and did it well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention in the fleet.
Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. When he asked why the order wasn’t challenged, the answer was, "Because you told me to." Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things.
That’s when Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Turn the Ship Around! is the true story of how the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet by challenging the U.S. Navy's traditional leader-follower approach. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control.
Before long, each member of Marquet’s crew became a leader and assumed responsibility for everything he did, from clerical tasks to crucial combat decisions. The crew became fully engaged, contributing their full intellectual capacity every day, and the Santa Fe started winning awards and promoting a highly disproportionate number of officers to submarine command.
No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet’s radical guidelines to turn your own ship around. The payoff: a workplace where everyone around you is taking responsibility for their actions, where people are healthier and happier, where everyone is a leader.
©2013 L David Marquet (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC
"I don't know of a finer model of this kind of empowering leadership than Captain Marquet. And in the pages that follow you will find a model for your pathway." (Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
"David Marquet is the kind of leader who comes around only once in a generation. He doesn't just know how to lead, he knows how to build leaders. His ideas and lessons are invaluable to anyone who wants to build an organization that will outlive them." (Simon Sinek, optimist and author of Start With Why)
Not only educational, but entertaining. I definitely think this was time well spent.
The audio track needs to be re-edited. The cuts often resulted in repeated words or phrases, indicating that an editor needs to take a listen and re-splice the track.
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Learned a lot about the Navy and its ways. Like any major institution, its ways are often deeply engrained in its culture. This is an example on how to improve effectiveness, staying with the original principles of the institution. The implementation of empowerment in the Navy is not something that can be "planned and executed", it must be experienced and tried in order to take place. This is a great achievement and thank you David for sharing how such a process can take place in any "institutionalized" organization, basicly any midsized or larger organization. Another main perspective of the book is about personal leadership. Read it ( or listen to the audio) and become inspired, this is not an easy thing, but maybe more natural than it seems. Clear narration with perfect intonations by the author himself, I enjoyed the submarine stories too!
These specific actions may not work any where else but the principles are solid. I think any team not reading this and implementing it strategies is doing their organization a great disservice.
David Marquet deftly tells the story of how he literally turned around the performance of the staff and leaders on a Navy submarine with truly remarkable results. I'm already applying some of the principles I learned here.
When I began this course, 6 hours seemed exhaustingly long as I was looking for a quick course of action. But Captain Marquet executed his intended plan perfectly by keeping me engaged. While it was easy for me to follow the details of his story as I am a former Sailor, the Captain took the extra time to explain the intricates of the daily life in the US Navy. This allows for the listener/follower to envision the story as if they were onboard as an observer without getting lost. Captain Marquet has changed my life and my future to become a follower of the Leader-to-Leader plan.
Bravo Zulu Captain Marquet for giving me, and the rest of the world, a recipe for long term success. I'd serve with you anywhere sir.
Kees-Jan de Maa
The true love story and experience create a perfect context for the theory and application. Very inspiring. Will listen again.
I work in an industry that is paramilitary and am often told most leadership ideas of the modern age don't work in my organization. This book definitely debunks that. A great lesson.
This is by far the number one leadership book that I have ever read. A must for anyone who does not want to conform, is willing to get dirty, and make an impact that turns things around. A must read!
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I disliked that the author sped read through the book. Sometime I did not know if a new section had started or not. I need that extra second or two between paragraph to digest the info.
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