- Series: later printing-10th Anniversary edition
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 10th Anniversary Revised & Updated edition (October 9, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145552302X
- ISBN-13: 978-1455523023
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 738 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy, 10th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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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.
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The biggest thing that I got from this book (and I fully intend to reread it and take notes the second time through) was how to be effective when procedures, culture, and bureaucracy all seem to be fighting against you. Not everyone may appreciate Captain Abrashoff's style, but there is no doubt the rapid and impressive results he achieved testify to many of the truths he adopted and employed. As a middle manager at a growing company, this book has energized and inspired me in many ways, and has also confirmed for me many of the things that I have been doing or have wanted to do. I have also been awakened to the importance and the challenge of managing up, something that I have not wanted to spend much if any time doing in the past.
Yea, I'm pretty sure the guy I'm talking about didn't read the book.
If, however, you find fulfillment from taking an active role in helping others achieve great success, if you find reward in your company being very successful without your name being billed as the sole reason for it's success, if you genuinely love your employees and want to see them grow into everything they are capable of, then you will find this book invaluable. It will help you create a strong and loyal culture with great energized and enthused team members. Imagine unleashing the passion and creativity in all of your employees and seeing what they can accomplish. That is what this book is about.
Abrashoff writes with an interesting combination of pride and modesty. There's no limit in to how far you can go if you do things to improve your company without caring about who gets the credit. Give opportunities to succeed to others below you, recognize the individual's characteristics, talents, views and needs and seek ways to incorporate them into the organization to improve it for everyone!
Decades ago my teenage niece gave me a paperweight which I kept prominently displayed which read:
"You're not hopeless, we can use you as a bad example."
At first it comes across as a put down, but to me it was a tongue-in-cheek reminder that everyone has value and can contribute to the group's success.