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It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy (revised)

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Written By: D. Michael Abrashoff

Narrated By: D. Michael Abrashoff

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: October 2012

Duration: 6 hours 25 minutes


Read this million-copy bestseller for leadership insights about top-down change to improve productivity in your business starting with the most important person: You.When Captain Abrashoff took over as commander of USS Benfold, 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 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, 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 eventually started calling 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.


  • Steve Kleeman

    Very good book for leadership. Narration could of been better.

  • Jordan Showalter

    Great read! Many leadership implications and practical advice for business and leadership.

  • Frank de la grana

    Great life thanks for sharing would have loved and been honored to serve with you. As I as owner of a very competitive company strive to lead into our future. Thanks

  • Michael Sinatra

    Absolutely incredible definitely a book I would recommend all companies to read.

  • Brian Bischoff

    After 25 years in military leadership, this is one of the best books I have listened to. Gives great ideas in how to build a team that can't be beat using their inherent knowledge, skills, and abilities.

  • Janet Weygandt

    This was an inspiring read. I did not want to stop listening to this book. The information this book conveys is priceless what a great story and legacy. I really enjoyed it and will try to use the knowledge that I have learned! I have been working long hours and do not have much time for reading. I drive two hours a day back and forth to work so audio books are great and easy to use. Busy Girl

  • Jennifer Pritchard

    Great book for leadership development. Gave some interesting insights about the inner workings of the military, too.

  • bob woods

    The book is an eye opener and an inspiration fun and very easy read

It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy (revised)

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It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy (revised), D. Michael Abrashoff