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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus; 10 Rev Upd edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145552302X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455523023
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Other than the sobering fact that real lives are regularly at stake, running a navy ship is a lot like running a business: leaders of both must get the most out of their crews to operate at peak efficiency and complete the tasks at hand. As commander of the highly acclaimed USS Benfold, Captain D. Michael Abrashoff irrefutably demonstrated how progressive management can succeed at sea; in It's Your Ship, he translates his methods into an approach that can also be applied by land-bound captains of commerce and industry. Describing "the ideas and techniques that I used to win my sailors' trust and, eventually, their enthusiastic commitment to our joint goal of making our ship the best in the fleet," Abrashoff cites embarrassing failures along with subsequent triumphs to illuminate the keys to his accomplished 20-month tenure aboard the guided missile destroyer. His suggestions: lead by example; listen aggressively; communicate purpose and meaning; create a climate of trust; look for results, not salutes; take calculated risks; go beyond standard procedure; build up your people; generate unity; and improve your people's quality of life. While hardly original on the surface, Abrashoff's course should provide practical direction and inspiration for any leader hoping for similarly positive results in similarly rigid organizations. --Howard Rothman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

CAPTAIN D. MICHAEL ABRASHOFF is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, 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. You can visit his website at www.grassrootsleadership.com.

Customer Reviews

Recommended reading for all management.
Bryan G. Nicholes
Good management book so far with a well thought out interweaving of stories to help give a reader real life examples of how to and not to manage people.
SherwoodSchmidt
The book reignited the fire to be be a better leader by improving my team and individual building capabilities.
W-Andrew Herr

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Keating on December 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Most of the bosses I’ve had since leaving the U.S. Navy haven’t stood up to Capt. Michael Abrashoff. He was a visionary leader who knew how to manage, as well.

In the early 1990s, I had the privilege of working under the leadership of Capt. Abrashoff. He was my Executive Officer (XO) at the time. Though I am not directly mentioned in his book, Its Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy, I might be one of the sailors to whom he vaguely refers several times throughout the book.

As a Boatswain’s Mate, I was one of several young men who came from a working-class background, who didn’t have many examples in life of what constitutes a good leader. We didn’t know much about what made several naval officers such men of stature onboard the Shiloh. When I boarded the U.S.S. Shiloh, I, like several fellow seaman with whom I served, experienced that subtle but profound initiation into manhood. I’m sure much of the programs and activities were products of Capt. Abrashoff’s vision.

Captain Abrashoff is telling the truth about creating a culture of inclusivity. I just didn’t know at the time that he was one of the leaders who helped create this culture. For instance, throughout the duration of a WESTPAC, which took us to the Persian Gulf for six months, we witnessed several examples of officers reaching out to enlisted personnel. Good communication always flowed up and down the chain-of-command.

Good leadership is one of those elusive, invisible phenomena, that, when it works well, often has the ability to stimulate motivation among its followers. Though I didn’t know it until I read his book, Capt. Abrashoff was able to encourage such a following.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steven j larson on January 1, 2014
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Great read for leaders,coaches and managers at all levels. I highly recommend it for leaders at all levels. It really emphasizes the value of people when you trust and expect a lot out of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. G. Maes on November 6, 2013
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This is a great book which I will use when teaching my leadership class. I highly recommending this very readable book.
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By Karen Walter on April 20, 2014
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This is an excellent book to help learn what is needed to be a great leader. He gives great examples and makes it very interesting.
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Saw him speak at a conference. I knew I had to get his book. There are a lot of great ideas in this book and the stories he has make it very entertaining. Easy read then passed the book on to another manager in the office.
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By Jeffrey J. Fox on March 24, 2014
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This book was recommended to me by a colleague. I would have never selected it myself, but really enjoyed reading it. Very good stories.
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This is a quick read that you'll want to get through in a day. Abrashoff offers his experiences and guidelines for working with and managing a large team.

As a young leader, this is a great entry into the mind of a great leader, who focuses more in introspection and soft skills than traditional command and control leadership models.

Adds interesting perspective and some points of advice for applies his success stories to your own lives. Great to see this book being handed out in corporate settings.
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I read this book back. In 2005 when. I was a 23 year old supervisor for a big. Retail company. Having been a graduate from a merchant marine college and in. The. NAVY reserves, when my manager gave me this book to read I took it and never put it down. It gives the reader a great point of view. Of. How. To build and lead your team. Now event. 9 years later I still buy this book for co workers and others who are. Interested in developing. Their skills as a leader.
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