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It's Your Ship : Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy, Special 10th Anniversary Edition - Revised and Updated - D. Michael Abrashoff

It's Your Ship

Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy, Special 10th Anniversary Edition - Revised and Updated


Published: 9th October 2012
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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 U.S. Navy. It can help you change the course of your ship, no matter where your business battles are fought.



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Good down to earth management advice


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    This book was a no nonsense [ as you would expect from the military ] down to earth on how to run and organisation. it does not have to be a ship but any where there is a collective of people with a end aim.
    No management jargon just common sense.

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    Author's Notep. ix
    Introductionp. 1
    Take Commandp. 11
    Learn Real Leadershipp. 30
    Lead by Examplep. 42
    Listen Aggressivelyp. 54
    Communicate Purpose and Meaningp. 63
    Create a Climate of Trustp. 74
    Look for Results, Not Salutesp. 93
    Take Calculated Risksp. 116
    Go Beyond Standard Procedurep. 130
    Build Up Your Peoplep. 152
    Generate Unityp. 181
    Improve Your People's Quality of Lifep. 199
    Life After Benfoldp. 212
    Epilogue Out of Uniformp. 221
    Acknowledgmentsp. 225
    About the Authorp. 227
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    ISBN: 9781455523023
    ISBN-10: 145552302X
    Audience: Professional
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 240
    Published: 9th October 2012
    Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.6  x 2.4
    Weight (kg): 0.43
    Edition Number: 1
    Edition Type: Special edition