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

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Portion of edition statement from jacket. Read this million-copy bestseller for leadership insights about top-down change to improve productivity in your business starting with the most important person: You.

When Captain Abrashoff took over as commander of USS Benfold, 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 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, 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 eventually started calling 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.


Grand Central Publishing
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
Publication Date
October, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.50 x 6.50 x 1.01 Inches

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This is my favorite bo...

This is my favorite book on business management. One day a director of sales handed it to me, and I casually put it aside, as there were hundreds of books at home patiently waiting for their turn to be read. Danged if I didn't keep stealing glances at the cover. I knew it was watching me. So I thought, why not read it at work? The books at home would never know. Separation of church and state, so to speak.LOOK FOR RESULTS, NOT SALUTESMicrosoft has been in a freefall since it focused on Salutes over Results. Once a company starts growing, the obsession with offices and cubicle height overtakes the focus on results and customer satisfaction.COMMUNICATE PURPOSE AND MEANINGYahoo might rise again if the CEO can get her point across, which is standardization and goal achievement. A leader must present a common goal for all to strive for, otherwise everyone is only thinking about their own workload.GO BEYOND STANDARD PROCEDUREI work in a company where those who think outside the box are castigated and ostracized. Steve Jobs would have been fired here. The author rightly points out that everyone must push the envelope, outside the rigidity of SOPs. Kaizen.Abrashoff makes some very basic points, such as being able to delegate, because you can't be on every ship at the same time. This isn't an intellectual exercise or a fable about cheese-obsessed mice, just a terrific take on the difference between being a manager and being a leader.Managers do the thing right. Leaders do the right thing.Book Season = Year Round

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I really enjoyed this book, both for its stories and lessons. Captain Abraschoff was a speaker at the ITIL conference in Orlando (Jan. 2003). He was the captain of the U.S.S. Benfold. When he took over command, morale was terrible, turnover high and readiness in the cellar. Within months, he turned everything around and won the Spokane award for the best ship in the Navy. How did he do it? First, he lead by example, listened to the crew and responded to the needs immediately. He made his ship indispensable to his boss and eagerly attacked the toughest missions. The crew responded and came to be so proud of their ship that nothing would deter them from accomplishing their goal -all while having a little fun. They had the loudest sound system in the navy and loved to blare rock music and show movies on the side of the ship during dangerous night refueling operations. This book is well written and very inspiring. Capt.. Abraschoff does a good job of identifying the lessons he learned and pointing out his mistakes along the way. He makes suggestions on how to apply the principles to corporate life. It is a very entertaining and educational book. Highly recommended. Jan. 28, 2004 Reread the book today. It isn't very long and is a very easy read. I enjoyed it as much if not more than the first time. I believe anyone who leads should read this. Not all the points may be directly applicable, but the concepts are worth experimenting with. I want to have a chance to use his ideas. I am going to put this book on a "to be read every six months" list.

I really enjoyed this ...

I really enjoyed this book. If you can bring servant leadership to a U.S. Navy ship and be extremely successful than anyone can do it. It's a very inspirational read as you follow the ups and downs of the U.S.S. Benfold.

I really enjoyed this ...

I really enjoyed this book. If you can bring servant leadership to a U.S. Navy ship and be extremely successful than anyone can do it. It's a very inspirational read as you follow the ups and downs of the U.S.S. Benfold.

Very good book on lead...

Very good book on leading groups of people. Everyone overseeing a group should read this book.

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