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It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy (revised) Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, October 9, 2012


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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. 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 Daurie DeVore on June 8, 2014
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Amazing book! I have shared this with several coworkers, friends, and family members. I work in the medical field and all of these ideas are basic in terms of how anyone should treat their coworkers and staff in order to increase productivity and morale.

The book is an easy read, amusing, and has many quotable lines that will leave you with take away messages or themes you can use in meetings should you be so inclined to quote Capt. Abrashoff.

It's about recognizing talent, potential, capitalizing on opportunities, listening to your staff/crew, acknowledging their concerns and ideas, allowing them to use their ideas and creativity to increase productivity, getting to know the people who you work for and who work for you, being aware of your surroundings, creating competition with yourself- yet knowing your time to shine, and creating pride in your work by owning it. Many of these things can be complicated when there are things dictated from upper management or fiscal and budgetary responsibilities, consequently through anecdotes, Captain Abrashoff shows how he was able to take one of the most poorly performing ships in the Navy to one of the best as someone in a middle management position.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an alternative way to maximize their impact on those around them while working within the confines of the system in which they must function. The principles translate to any level of human interaction in the workplace, and would be considered helpful by individuals in many fields in increasing overall morale and productivity in this high pressured economy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taipan on July 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
"The Benfold playbook: 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."

I enjoyed this book, it was uplifting and inspirational. The first hundred pages or so has lots of good ideas and pointers. The rest is mostly patting himself and his ship on the back, which can get a little tedious.

All in all a good book to inspire or remind you of important management principals.

Some quotes I liked:

"My organizing principle was simple: The key to being a successful skipper is to see the ship through the eyes of the crew. Only then can you find out what's really wrong, and, in so doing, help the sailors empower themselves to fix it."

"As a manager, the one signal you need to steadily send to your people is how important they are to you. In fact, nothing is more important to you. Realize your influence, and use it wisely. Be there for your people. Find out who they are. Recognize the effects you have on them and how you can make them grow taller."

"It is well-known that every leader sets the tone for his or her organization. Show me an enthusiastic leader, and I will show you an enthusiastic workforce. And vice versa: If the leader has a bad day, the whole organization has a bad day."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on May 31, 2014
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I'm prior military, so naturally I was drawn to this book. When two of my most respected supervisors and one of my peers ranted and raved about this book, I knew it was something special. I read it in probably three days and I just couldn't put it down once I started. It almost brought me to tears a few times because I've had some pretty horrible leaders during my time in the military, and this was the absolute polar opposite of that. I was so happy for the crew and the author's leadership. I would easily re-enlist if I knew I was going to be serving under a leader like the author was. If you supervise anyone, you MUST read this book. If you hope to supervise someday, you MUST read this book. Both of those respected leaders I just talked about said they both base their leadership off this book and I had NO idea in the 2 years I have known them so far, but it all makes so much sense now.
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