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

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

by D. Michael Abrashoff
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It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Learning_to_park_my_ego More than 1 year ago
I like business books, but many of the professionals I work with aren't big readers. The text-of-the-day often comes across as too academic for their real world problems. The author of It's Your Ship doesn't suffer from that problem. In fact, after sharing this book with one of my I-don't-enjoy-business-books colleagues, he actually read it and told me to buy another copy for myself as he was keeping that one! "Bad News Doesn't Get Better With Age" is one of the practical quotes from the book I have heard that leader use regularly to teach others not to "shoot the messenger." The style of writing makes for very readable anecdotes. At first, the command-and-control environment of the Navy didn't seem to hold that much in common with our corporate culture. However, after reading the book, the paradigm shift was complete: a) I realized our culture was way more top-down command-and-control than I realized; & b) Captain Abrashoff's success was, due to his learning, "I found that the more control I gave up, the more command I got."
ShawnaR More than 1 year ago
There are so many management books out there that read just like a boring textbook. Refreshingly, Abrashoff has a way of telling stories that keep you hooked, and along the way, dispensing some of the management tidbits that we all know are good but seem to forget in our daily lives. He takes the management technique, explains it, and then relates it to a story from his military career. Most of his stories have you waiting to find out how they end. My favorite story is the one about buying beer for his crew and trying to find a way to serve it that wasn't on the ship. I have found myself recommending this book more than I recommend any other management book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Until you have read this book, learned from it, and then truly utilize this method of management you will lack the support of those you serve and those who desire to serve you. Traditional posturing of managers fails each and every day to motivate, and usually retards progress through intimidation or a "can't do attitude". "Allowing" those who do the job and know it best, can bring progress to every company. Management unfortunately stands in the way of the progress 85% of the time. If every manager worked this way they would get, Better Damn Results. Chris V.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
A new captain taking command of a ship is a ceremonial occasion. There's a reception, speeches, attendance by dignitaries, and the former commander is piped ashore. When Captain D. Michael Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold on June 20, 1977 it was patently obvious that the crew was not at all sad to see their former captain leave. Abrashoff began to wonder if when he departed in two years the situation would be the same. He well realized that he was totally responsible for the way the crew performed. But, how to do it without a company of unhappy men? As he points out being liked wasn't necessary but he did want to win his men's respect and trust. Thus, all would be more effective. The knotty question was how to do this. In search of answers Abrashoff turned to some exit surveys, assuming that the main reason for leaving would be low pay. That was not the case at all. People left because they did not feel respected and they did not feel they had an impact on the organization. A low salary came in fifth as a cause for moving on. Abrashoff felt that he could apply these principles to his crew, and he did with stellar results. Firstly, he stresses the importance of seeing the ship through the eyes of the crew. He solicited suggestions and many times found them to be extremely helpful. Communication was also high on his list as well as instilling in the men a sense of importance in what they were doing. The payoff for captain and crew came not only in huge cost savings but also achieving the highest gunnery score in the Pacific fleet. Abrashoff posits that what brought extraordinary change and success aboard his ship can do the same for a business. You'll be a believer after hearing his suggestions read in his own voice, one that speaks clearly, without hesitation, and with authority grounded in proven experience. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
History teachers, basketball, & volleyball coaches will receive numberous ideas for leading their students. The premise of this book applies into many areas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is easy to follow, written in simple language. Recommend for anyone in leadership position , either new or season. Thinking about recommending to my students.
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Hugely entertaining. Just enough humor to keep you involved and inspired.
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Follow these aand you'll have people asking to be on your team.
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This book is a very quick read and has helped me understand the difference between managing and leading people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the material in this book is not new, by any means, the examples given and the enthusiasm that you can actually "feel" from the captain and all the members of his crew put a very fresh twist on known management techniques and inspires you to want to go out there and emulate this "It's My Ship" style in your own management environment. I enjoyed it very much!
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I run a Fraternity of 40 men. This book greatly helped me come to terms with my leadership ability and gave me some brilliant ideas to keep us on the edge. Also greatly influenced my decision to join the Navy as an officer.
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