It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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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.
Yes, this book will cover the basics in leadership each of have heard, been taught and, hopefully, follow in our daily business lives. However, in my opinion it's much much more.
It's Your Ship reads like a comfortable novel with "moral of the story" endings briefly detailing the how's and why's. At no time during my reading did I want to put the book down. I became interested in the Captain,his crew and the USS Benfold. I was eager to read the next chapter to find out what sort of snag or operational challenge popped up and how "they all" came together to create the best course of action.
Hopefully if you decide to read this book, It's Your Ship, you will enjoy it as much as I did.
I will also say, and I mean this in a good way, the book is not very long. Many of us don't have a great deal of free time to prop-up our feet and digest some 500+ page tome. Capt. Abrashoff tell the stories of his experience in clear easily understood ways and then gets to the point. This is definitely one of my favorite books.
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.