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IT'S YOUR SHIP: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy

By Captain D. Michael Abrashoff


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

 

Warner Business Books Hardcover
Publication date: May 22, 2002
$24.95 FPT
212 pages
ISBN: 0-446-52911-7

"A truly great book...interesting and insightful. It is entertaining and wise at the same time!" -The Honorable Dr. William J. Perry, former U.S. Secretary of Defense "Undoubtedly one of the best damn leadership books ever written. This captain's log is a crystal-clear guide to grassroots leadership." -Alan M. Webber, Founding Editor, Fast Company

"The most important thing a captain can do is to see the ship from the eyes of the crew." This belief of D. Michael Abrashoff, former captain of one of the U.S. Navy's most modern and lethal warships, is applicable to any leadership position, from office manager to foreman to chairman of the board. In IT'S YOUR SHIP: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy (Warner Business Books Hardcover/May 22, 2002/$24.95 FPT), the former commander of the U.S.S. Benfold reveals the management principles that shaped his ship into a model of leadership as progressive as any celebrated in the business world.

Captain Abrashoff commanded the U.S.S. Benfold for twenty months beginning in June 1997. Eighty-six hundred tons of fighting machine, the ship contained the Navy's most advanced arsenal of computerized missiles and a highly skilled crew of 310 men and women. Under Captain Abrashoff's leadership, the Benfold had the highest gunnery score in the Pacific fleet and the crew completed the Navy's pre-deployment training cycle in record time. Amazingly, 100% of the Benfold's career sailors signed on for another tour (compared to the 54% who usually remain in the Navy). In IT'S YOUR SHIP, Abrashoff shares his views on leadership and training techniques that proved so effective on board a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer.

D. Michael Abrashoff is the boss we all wish we had-fair, compassionate, open to new ideas. With IT'S YOUR SHIP, managers everywhere can learn how to turn their workplace into an efficient, productive and happy environment.

About the authors:

Captain D. Michael Abrashoff is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and was a former 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 Web site at www.grassrootsleadership.com .


 

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