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Publisher's Summary

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 the 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.
©2006 D. Michael Abrashoff; 2012 Hachette Audio
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By Brandon on 04-19-16

great story

if more businesses follow these principles, business would run a lot smoother. The statement, it's just business, does not have to be acceptable

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ann-Marie on 02-08-16

Very Inspirational

I was very surprised, I really thought this book was going to very Millitary and corporate. Totally the opposite. What a great and inspiration story.

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By mp on 07-11-15

one of the most fantastic books about leadership

I really love this book. very inspiring and loads of to learn. it has change a lit in my life and work. Thank you Captain!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-07-18

VG!

great insights easy to follow and listen to. useful comparisons to corporate world as it is navy based

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