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3.00751072961373 out of 53.00751072961373 out of 53.00751072961373 out of 53.00751072961373 out of 53.00751072961373 out of 5 3.01 (932 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:
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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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  • “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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.