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

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

Format:  CD/Spoken Word,

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Edition: Anniversary, Re

Publisher: Hachette Audio

Publish Date: Oct 2012

ISBN-13: 9781619692435

ISBN-10: 1619692430

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Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publish Date: Oct 2012
ISBN-13: 9781619692435
ISBN-10: 1619692430
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
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Review by Library Journal (2013-01-01)

Abrashoff, a former U.S. Navy captain and cofounder of leadership consulting firm GLS Worldwide, updates his 2002 work on top-down change and how progressive management principles can be applied in the military. In July 1997, Abrashoff assumed command of the USS Benfold, a position he maintained for two years. He soon realized the relatively low level of crew morale and productivity would fundamentally challenge him to improve his own leadership style.

Abrashoff reveals how he tirelessly worked to get to know each crew member, learned how to keep himself and the sailors in ethical check by asking how their decisions would play out if revealed in public, how to listen and communicate purpose and meaning aggressively at all times, and how to encourage his crew to take risks and find better ways of doing things. The updated version includes a chapter on his experience working for U.S. Defense Secretary William James Perry and additional leadership principles learned since leaving the navy.

Verdict: Abrashoff's solid, steady-paced reading nicely complements this down-to-earth analysis of how cutting-edge leadership principles can actually succeed in a classic, command-and-control type of organization like the military. Recommended for all libraries.

-Dale Farris, Groves, TX

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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 USS 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.

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