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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (927 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: D. Michael Abrashoff Narrator: D. Michael Abrashoff Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 US Navy. It can help you change the course of your ship, no matter where your business battles are fought.

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  • “A testament to the author’s understanding of leadership in any large organization…Abrashoff is definitely in command and proud of his story but not lacking in humility and human perspective. Leaders of fast food restaurants and warships alike will be uplifted by his relentless efforts to care for the 310 men and women under his command.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patti | 2/14/2014

    " I am really enjoying this book very much, great ideas, and a great conversational style! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aaron | 2/7/2014

    " A new twist on well proven leadership practices. Easy and enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marc | 2/7/2014

    " Great book on leadership which describes Abrashoff as a commander who chose to allow his men to lead from the front and not the back, no matter what their rank. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrew Peterson | 2/4/2014

    " Some good stuff here, however by the end I was finding some of it hard to believe. Being prior military I thought it started to read much like many of the other performance documents I've read. A good author can make a bad troop look good. "

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About the Author
Author D. Michael Abrashoff

Captain D. Michael Abrashoff is a graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and was a military assistant to the former Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Dr. William J. Perry. Abrashoff left the Navy in 2001 and became the founder and CEO of Grassroots Leadership, Inc., in Boston. The company is dedicated to helping organizations and individuals deliver the best results in a challenging global environment.