"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