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ISBN13: 9780446529112
ISBN10: 0446529117
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The story of Captain D. Michael Abrashoff and his command of USS Benfold has become legendary inside and outside the Navy. Now Abrashoff offers this fascinating tale of top-down change for anyone trying to navigate today's uncertain business seas. When Captain Abrashoff took over as commander of USS Benfold, a ship armed with every cutting-edge system available, 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 take 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-Benfold was a key player in our Persian Gulf fleet-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 would eventually call 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.

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Naval Captain Abrashoff reveals the management principles that shaped his ship, the "U.S.S. Benfold" into a model of leadership as progressive as any in the business world.

Synopsis:

"The most important thing a captain can do is to see the ship from the eyes of the crew." This belief has successfully guided D. Michael Abrashoff, the captain of one of the U.S. Navy's most modem and lethal warships. Abrashoff has revolutionized how to handle such challenging problems as excessive costs, low morale, sexual harassment, and constant turnover. Business managers will benefit from Abrashoff's guiding belief that focus should be on empowering your people rather than on chain of command. By shifting organizing principles from obedience to performance, managers will be rewarded with remarkable productivity. As Abrashoff explains, the more people enjoy the process, the better the results. Good leaders listen to the people under their command — and use their ideas to improve operating procedures.

Synopsis:

The story, of Captain D. Michael Abrashoff and his command of the USS Benfold has become legendary inside and outside the Navy. When he took over as commander of the ship it was like a business with all the latest technology but only some of the productivity. Within months he created a crew of confident and inspired problem-solvers. The slogan on board became, "It's your ship." Learn how he did it, as Abrashoff shares his secrets of successful management.

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Gold Gato, August 22, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
This is my favorite book on business management. One day a director of sales handed it to me, and I casually put it aside, as there were hundreds of books at home patiently waiting for their turn to be read. Danged if I didn't keep stealing glances at the cover. I knew it was watching me. So I thought, why not read it at work? The books at home would never know. Separation of church and state, so to speak.

LOOK FOR RESULTS, NOT SALUTES
Microsoft has been in a freefall since it focused on Salutes over Results. Once a company starts growing, the obsession with offices and cubicle height overtakes the focus on results and customer satisfaction.

COMMUNICATE PURPOSE AND MEANING
Yahoo might rise again if the CEO can get her point across, which is standardization and goal achievement. A leader must present a common goal for all to strive for, otherwise everyone is only thinking about their own workload.

GO BEYOND STANDARD PROCEDURE
I work in a company where those who think outside the box are castigated and ostracized. Steve Jobs would have been fired here. The author rightly points out that everyone must push the envelope, outside the rigidity of SOPs. Kaizen.

Abrashoff makes some very basic points, such as being able to delegate, because you can't be on every ship at the same time. This isn't an intellectual exercise or a fable about cheese-obsessed mice, just a terrific take on the difference between being a manager and being a leader.

Managers do the thing right. Leaders do the right thing.

Book Season = Year Round
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446529112
Subtitle:
Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy (revised)
Author:
Abrashoff, D. Michael
Author:
Abrashoff, D. Michael
Author:
Foley, Jeffrey W.
Author:
Smith, Perry M.
Author:
Author
Publisher:
Business Plus
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Management
Subject:
Personnel management
Subject:
Entrepreneurship
Subject:
Employee motivation
Subject:
Ship captains
Subject:
Command of troops
Subject:
Management - General
Subject:
United States - Officers
Subject:
United States - Management
Subject:
Business Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
920-2nd
Publication Date:
20121009
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.23x6.26x.82 in. .87 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Naval Captain Abrashoff reveals the management principles that shaped his ship, the "U.S.S. Benfold" into a model of leadership as progressive as any in the business world.
"Synopsis" by , "The most important thing a captain can do is to see the ship from the eyes of the crew." This belief has successfully guided D. Michael Abrashoff, the captain of one of the U.S. Navy's most modem and lethal warships. Abrashoff has revolutionized how to handle such challenging problems as excessive costs, low morale, sexual harassment, and constant turnover. Business managers will benefit from Abrashoff's guiding belief that focus should be on empowering your people rather than on chain of command. By shifting organizing principles from obedience to performance, managers will be rewarded with remarkable productivity. As Abrashoff explains, the more people enjoy the process, the better the results. Good leaders listen to the people under their command — and use their ideas to improve operating procedures.
"Synopsis" by , The story, of Captain D. Michael Abrashoff and his command of the USS Benfold has become legendary inside and outside the Navy. When he took over as commander of the ship it was like a business with all the latest technology but only some of the productivity. Within months he created a crew of confident and inspired problem-solvers. The slogan on board became, "It's your ship." Learn how he did it, as Abrashoff shares his secrets of successful management.
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