"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.
My best manager ever was a Sgt. Major in the Parachute Regiment. David Marquet is cut from that same cloth and delivers a strong narrative of evidence based performance outcomes from his command strategy. He understands and communicates clearly what autonomy for employees actually looks like when delivered and managed with compassion and rigor.
If I had three thumbs I'd put them all up.
Whiskey and Gunpowder
Not everything you will read in here can be transferred to every environment but there is plenty of useful advise and direction for just about anyone in a leadership role. Very helpful.
A great listen. It takes a lot of the things that I learned about leadership and gives a new perspective. A great book even for non veterans.
Yes, it was a good book written but the narration is good by David as well. I was happy to hear the author reading the book.
One of the most memorable moments of the book is how Cpt. Marquet institutes his bottom up thinking and his commanders intent.
It was a good book, I was listening to it from a business perspective. We saw David's video on YouTube and our company had decided to initiate a commanders intent for our company and departments. In order to better understand their reasoning behind it all I went to the source and wasn't disappointed at the information he provided. This was an easy book to listen to while driving to work each day. I had to pause several times to contemplate about some of the concepts he instituted during his time on Sante Fe.
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There are many leadership books that have lots of great quotations, thoughts and intellectually rich thoughts with a few examples.
This book is different. It is told as a story. A real world-story that illustrates the challenges, the tension between the old and the new ways of doing things, the risks, the necessary managing up , and the results of 'leader-leader' leadership style.
It is a fun book to read, full of practical knowledge. Almost like a real-world fable.
If you manage teams or if you aspire to be a great leader, this is the book you should get first. It has the power of changing an entire organization.
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