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

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CD/Spoken Word, Hachette Audio, 2012, ISBN13 9781619692435, ISBN10 1619692430

About this item

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.


Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publish Date: Oct 09, 2012
ISBN-13: 9781619692435
ISBN-10: 1619692430
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.34
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.8 x 5.3 x 0.8

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