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3.87585365853659 out of 53.87585365853659 out of 53.87585365853659 out of 53.87585365853659 out of 53.87585365853659 out of 5 3.88 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: D. Michael Abrashoff Narrator: D. Michael Abrashoff Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781594834967
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The story of Captain D. Michael Abrashoff and his command of USS Benfold has become legendary—both 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 the 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, the Benfold was a key player in the Persian Gulf fleet. Here, Abrashoff shares his secrets of successful management.

–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.

–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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Quotes & Awards

  • “In It’s Your Ship, [Abrashoff] translates his methods into an approach that can also be applied by land-bound captains of commerce and industry…Abrashoff’s course should provide practical direction and inspiration for any leader hoping for similarly positive results in similarly rigid organizations.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 2/18/2014

    " Its hard to believe the author actually pulled off all that he claims to have accomplished as CO of a USN destroyer. He is some kind of natural genius at managing people, getting cooperation and exceeding goals. Wow. And very entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 2/6/2014

    " building trust, ownership, through listening and talking with crew "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelyn | 2/2/2014

    " Abrashoff proves that crushing bureaucracy is no excuse for refusing to try new management styles. Within the confines of the Navy, where he could theoretically order personal to perform their best, Abrashoff finds ways - without violating regulations - of motivating his crew to want to perform their best. This book is an excellent read for anyone who thinks their workplace could be better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam Johnson | 1/30/2014

    " I was not to impressed. I was recommended this by a client. The philosophies in this inspire rebellion and rule breaking. OK at times, but a little much for me. It is also 90 percent about how great this guy was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/30/2014

    " This book can irritate people b/c the guy can sound like he's patting himself on the back ... but I found a lot of good little hints and I liked his big-picture perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Terry | 1/29/2014

    " Excellent discussion of core leadership principles. A colleague recommended this to me several years ago and I am just now getting around to reading it. The principles are sound and the presentation concise. A background in public safety may have helped to make the leadership lessons particularly applicable. This one made my "must read" list for leadership. This is not profound scholarship. If you want that, read Collins. If you want clear, concise and immensely practical points - this one is for you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 David | 1/28/2014

    " Horrible. Same old stuff plus self-aggrandizement. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clint Priest | 1/26/2014

    " Leadership from a different perspective. Not bad, but I've read better leadership books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leonard | 1/21/2014

    " Another book that would put in the "advanced common sense" category. A quick read that at the very least will give every manager some things to think about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Sanders | 1/5/2014

    " This was a decent book, my one main issue with it was the repetitiveness of his content, he found several different ways to say the same thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 12/26/2013

    " I found it an arrogant book. A friend of mine served under Abrashoff on the USS Benfold and he was not the type of guy he portrays himself as in the book. Besides that, he takes credit for ideas and methods that were not his but his crew's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce Mueller | 11/23/2013

    " A quick read on how a captain improved morale on his ship and how these techniques might translate in the civilian world. It was interesting and I thought there were a few decent ideas...but most of it is common sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Peterson | 9/19/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liza | 9/5/2013

    " If you can get past that one swear word, it's a great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Hinsonofabeesting | 8/9/2013

    " I learned that it's my ship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 8/2/2013

    " Excellent book with great real world appliations of smart business practices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 4/27/2013

    " just alright. lots of anecdotes that can't be applies unless you're working on a ship or work with people who have to listen to you or else. Entertainment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack Regan | 3/23/2013

    " good book for any manager or business owner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Mitnick | 3/3/2013

    " Inspiring story of ChangeMaster Leader! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh Hirnisey | 8/13/2012

    " This book is full of great leadership principles! The only downside is that if you have heard Captain Abrashoff speak, you will have already heard most if the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shailesh Shah | 2/16/2012

    " Usually management & leadership books are about theories, but this one is different! Author manage to weave a story around his life as a commander of a ship, which is really engaging and fun to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/15/2012

    " Great leadership book. Lots of common sense advice on how to make your business/leadership role thrive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 1/19/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roy Phang | 10/24/2011

    " Interesting insights, though it's pretty much the stuff they teach in B-school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Lunsford | 9/10/2011

    " Great book about creating a sense of ownership in those who serve under you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 6/4/2011

    " Good management book using pratical techniques for leadership "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Haywood | 5/21/2011

    " Great read! I learned a ton from this book and although I don't work in the navy, found a lot of it applicable. We read it for work and continue to bring up the concepts all the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 5/18/2011

    " Great book about managing your team for optimal productivity, complete buy-in, success, and continual innovation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 2/1/2011

    " By far one of the best management/leadership books I've ever read. It's become a permanent fixture at my fingertips on my desk. If you lead people, you should read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 9/13/2010

    " This was a quick and interesting book on Leadership. Some things were common sense and others were clever. The bottom line is to lead by example, take care of your people, be willing to do what you have your people do, among others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 9/6/2010

    " Best book on leadership/management I've read in a while. Practical stories from the Navy about changing a culture and empowering an organization to "own" its ship. A must read for all leaders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 8/18/2010

    " This book is full of great leadership principles! The only downside is that if you have heard Captain Abrashoff speak, you will have already heard most if the stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 7/18/2010

    " I had to read this book for a management course at work and found it helpful, not only at work, but in my church leadership position as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Poh Chee | 6/6/2010

    " An interesting book of leadership, that is easy to read and understand. A real good read for new leaders! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip | 5/6/2010

    " I enjoyed this book. It is a quick, worthwhile read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/28/2010

    " EVERY manager should read this book. Teaches compassion and inspiration. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 1/29/2010

    " Very good book to apply to the business world as a sort of analogy to it. Easy and comfortable read with good lessons that can be applied especially for employees who sometimes are not shown the whole picture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 1/19/2010

    " I learned that it's my ship. "

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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.