It's Your Ship Management Techniues from the Best Damn

It's Your Ship Management Techniues from the Best Damn

It's Your Ship Management Techniues from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy ☂ It's Your Ship Management Techniues from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy PDF / Epub ✐ Author D. Michael Abrashoff – The legendary tale of top down change for anyone trying to navigate today's uncertain business seas New York Times Bestseller When Captain Abrashoff took over as commander of USS Benfold it was like a The legendary tale of Ship Management Epub á top down change for anyone trying to navigate today's uncertain business seas New York Times Bestseller When Captain Abrashoff took over as commander of USS Benfold it was like a business that had all the latest technology It's Your eBook ñ 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 Your Ship Management ePUB ´ 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 Your Ship Management Techniues from PDF or 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 Your Ship Management Techniues from PDF or drastically reduced tedious chores that provided little additional value Communicate communicate communicate The 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 Irai 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 US Navy It can help you change the course of your ship no matter where your business battles are fought.

10 thoughts on “It's Your Ship Management Techniues from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy

  1. Craig Wright Craig Wright says:

    This summary is taken from US Navy is perhaps the most technically oriented service in the American military Officers work their way up by developing and demonstrating comprehensive and immediate skills in the numerous individual systems that make ships responsive in combat The focus here tends to be on technical competence – not necessarily on the sort of personal leadership ability that is emphasized during an officer‘s development in the other services especially the Army and the MarinesThis is a reflection of the circumstances of the varying units when in combat When an Army or Marine unit is engaging an enemy force often only the leadership environment assiduously and continuously cultivated up to that point and given immediate and individual expression under that stress can seem to be holding a unit togetherBut aboard a Navy ship at war there is no danger of anyone slipping away into the hills Everyone knows that both their unit’s victory and their individual survival depend on the technical knowledge and ability of the one man issuing orders from the captain‘s chair on the bridge And if you are ever aboard a ship that goes to general uarters you will see that reality in breathtaking action – everything and everyone responds as one to their training and to the skipper‘s commandAnd yet the Navy consistently seems to produce some of the most impressive individuals in terms of what is traditionally understood as leadership that I’ve seen in the military Out of that technical development pipeline come some truly remarkable ship’s captains How does that happen? We’ll be touching on that general uestion over the next few daysBut here’s one Navy officer’s take on it Captain D Michael Abrashoff is the best selling author of It’s Your Ship which launched a busy speaking career for him on his retirement from the service In this new book It’s Our Ship he undertakes to emphasize a point he feels he insufficiently addressed in his first bookOne of his purposes here is to point out how everyone in the unit must be engaged not only to advance the unit’s goals but to intelligently and proactively integrate their own disparate disciplines in doing so He does a fine job with this In particular he provides one of the best and most illuminating descriptions I’ve seen of an important executive threshold the passing from specialist to generalist managementThere are a number of genuinely practical lessons for managers at all levels in this book effectively illustrated with stories from the author’s experience as skipper of a powerful Navy warship and amplified with vignettes from some of the civilian organizations he has worked with since his Navy daysOne thing the author makes no bones about however is his belief in the importance of individual leadership Indeed this book may have the densest population of the word “leader” and its derivatives that you will have encountered in some timeIn my view this is a weakness From “tales from the front lines” books like this I want to learn what you did not how singular you are for having done it or how electric an effect you had on your staffFor example members of the author’s crew don’t seem to be able to do anything while under his command or to make something of themselves subseuently without making him “proud” of them This may seem like a minor blemish but it mars the text repeatedly It reveals a distinctly paternalistic and patronizing suggestion that these people’s accomplishments are essentially the product of the author’s leadership as though their individual abilities and characters while necessary prereuisites to their successes were not sufficient ones Only under his leadership were they able to find themselves and to blossomOne major surprise for me arose from one of the author’s stated purposes for writing this book He begins it with a remarkable admission concerning his career as skipper “ I never did one thing to help another ship in the group in the two years I spent as my ship's commander” In fact he goes on he practically gloated in besting his fellow ship captainsHe commendably acknowledges this as a shortcoming It is one he dedicates the book at least partially to examining in order to help his readers avoid his mistakeBut when you turn over the last page of the book you will find that this has not been done There is a brief discussion of how he thinks he should have gone to his own boss and suggested how the latter ought to establish policy to incentivize the author and his fellow skippers to work better together – a remarkably presumptuous endeavor for a subordinate line – rather than a staff say an executive – officer to undertakeBut there is no discussion of professional networking and mutually beneficial collaboration that the skippers could have initiated on their own This happens all the time in the military despite the very real competition Rather after the introductory revelation of this heartfelt failure we hear no of it Why is that?This is a helpful book but I do strongly caution the reader to tread skeptically and carefully through the purported lessons on leadership in this volume Try to look past the peculiarly insistent glorification of the intensely self referential leader that is woven throughout the text to the many truly insightful stories about organizational goals advanced and staff development accomplished that are there as wellFor those with no military experience this is a genuinely eye opening introduction to the world class management challenges faced by one alert proactive and in the end highly effective US Navy officer It will also offer many actionable ideas for civilian managers at all levels both for administering their organizations and developing their own careers Pick up a copy Just as with everything you read keep a good lookout as you navigate your way through it

  2. Scott Scott says:

    Find another management book I think that the author is a little bit full of himself and his accomplishments The leadershipmanagement techniues that are identified in each chapter are good but not really new news Having spent some time in the Navy and seen how the surface warefare the people that drive ships community operates I have a feeling the techniues were new to him There are a number of things that the author mentions that just sound a little fishy to me He seems to claim that young enlisted sailors were not allowed off the ship on liberty There were liberty rules that each rank were supposed to follow but I have never heard where individuals were not allowed to go on liberty just because they were junior in rank His claim that he gave out 115 medals during one year is another thing I found hard to believe It always seemed to me that giving out medals was followed fairly closely by the bureaucracy Maybe he just went out and bought them himself? I agree that all sailors should be recognized for their efforts I do not agree that everyone deserves a medal just for doing a good job That just decreases the value of the medal for those who actually went above and beyondOverall I was pretty disappointed with this book The book was of an advertisement of the author and the Benfold This greatly decreased any type of management techniues that were described Recommend looking for another book

  3. Brian S. Brian S. says:

    Good book if you are a civilian If you are a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy you must refrain from throwing the book across the room I put off reading this book for 10 years and I finally decided to get around to it on this deployment As Executive Officer of a cruiser and growing up in the Navy post CDR Abrashoff's command tour I am astonished at the level of self horn blowing I heard this guy speak at the Naval Academy about 10 years ago when he got out Now mind you he resigned at the 18 year mark as a Commander although the front cover says he was a Captain He was selected for Captain but resigned two years shy of retirement Who walks away from that especially if you are THAT AWESOME according to his book?I have actually served with some of the folks he mentions in the book Two of his junior officers are in Command now and a young sailor was a Chief who worked for me a few years agoIf you are a hard core SWO read this book for amusement purposes only Of course I might be the very officer type he is railing againstIf you are a civilian running a company enjoy However we have not made many changes since he wrote this book As a matter of fact ships have reduced manning by 20% since his writing and we are pushing people out of the door and no longer fighting to retain them

  4. Angelyn Angelyn says:

    Abrashoff proves that crushing bureaucracy is no excuse for refusing to try new management styles Within the confines of the Navy where he could theoretically order personal to perform their best Abrashoff finds ways without violating regulations of motivating his crew to want to perform their best This book is an excellent read for anyone who thinks their workplace could be better

  5. GoldGato GoldGato says:

    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 speakLOOK FOR RESULTS NOT SALUTESMicrosoft 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 satisfactionCOMMUNICATE PURPOSE AND MEANINGYahoo 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 workloadGO BEYOND STANDARD PROCEDUREI 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 KaizenAbrashoff 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 leaderManagers do the thing right Leaders do the right thingBook Season Year Round

  6. LaNae LaNae says:

    There were some good ideas in this book However by the end the self congratulatory tone started to grate on my nerves To be fair he does give credit where credit is due This was assigned reading for a recent conference I attended for work One of my co workers re named it My Ship Don't Stink However there were definitely good things to glean from this Much of the message is to treat people in the manner in which they would like to be treated show confidence in them and the results will speak for themselves However I can see how such commonsense principles might not go over so well in the Navy so his experiences in that regard were interestingHere's a few good uotes from thisThe signals you send are important You train your crew how to operate through every decision you make and every action you takeI am convinced that with good leadership freedom does not weaken discipline it strengthens it Free people have a powerful incentive not to screw up

  7. Anchit Anchit says:

    I'm sorry and guilty for giving it 2 stars when everyone else seems to have rated it so highly But I'm really sorry it doesn't work out for me In my eyes I see this book in the following wayTheoryTheoryTheorySome incident that happened it can connect to whatever theory you wantMore TheoryMore TheorySome lectureHard work is good bla blaSome other incidentRepeatThis is not what I was looking for I was hoping for some kind of internal struggle maybe in situations where we're not sure and then what decision do we take One employee does well and he rewards him with a medal immediately That's great Except the only problem is in our day to day industry almost everyday someone or the other does something noteworthy I can't just keep handing out medals or bonuses My budget is limitedNo What I want is what to do when someone is misbehaving Or I'm hearing some bad rumors Or my boss just doesn't listen In his case he makes attempts to communicate with his boss that yields him success Well if that happened so easily I would call it luck Trying to communicate an idea trying to put yourself out there that's not what is lacking in managers I feel It's when you're working with a lunatic in some way someone who doesn't listen to you at all or a micro manager or someone trying to impress his own superior way overboard or too big a responsbiility is placed on your shoulders that's even greater than you capabilies such that you feel uneasy And then how do you go about learning making mistakes etc?This guy doesn't seem to make any mistakes It feels like he's been successful without knowing the amount of struggle that other people are going through And finally he's put together a couple of high level theories after he looks back at his experiences That's not what I need I want to read about a manager who's pathetic intially and slowly slowly learns some lessons still makes mistakes and finally learns how to say what what to do when etcSo I'm gonna have to give it a 2 sorry

  8. Devin Partlow Devin Partlow says:

    Let me try to sum this book up for youHello my name is Captain D Michael Abraschoff and this is a book about how all the things I've done led to superlativenouns in fact the best ualifiers I've ever seen All of my decisions have had profound and everlasting effects on my environment of which are still in use today and every person in those environments has gone on to bigger and better things I've also been made aware of some correlations to business so I've taken the time to sprinkle some business jargon in this book too I hope that you too in concordance with my commandments can have selective visions about your efforts25 stars for what should have been a memoir

  9. Bob Wallner Bob Wallner says:

    Reading the reviews before listening to the audio book I thought It's Your Ship was going to be very arrogant and boastful What I took away was that the officer was proud of what he was able to accomplish despite a culture that was working against himI think this is a very good read for leaders who have been in a leadership role for a few years Some of the topics that he suggests like knowing when to break rules reuire a bit of experience and could easily be done incorrectly I did enjoy this book and think captain did a good job showing how the skills he learned could be applied to business

  10. Patrick Patrick says:

    NotesLead By ExampleReal leadership must be done by example not precept Whenever I could not get theresults I wanted I swallowed my temper and turned inward to see if I was part of theproblem I asked myself three uestions1 Did I clearly articulate the goals?2 Did I give people enough time and resources to accomplish the task?3 Did I give them enough training?I discovered that 90 percent of the time I was at least as much a part of the problem asmy people were Never forget your effect on people Leaders need to understand how profoundly theyaffect people how their optimism and pessimism are eually infectious how directlythey set the tone and spirit of everyone around them Show me an enthusiastic leaderand I will show you an enthusiastic workforce And vice versa If the leader has a badday the whole organization has a bad day Never fail the Washington Post test I was always careful never to take any ethicalshortcuts My self test was simple and it allowed me to decide whether to go or stop interms of obvious conseuences I just asked myself this If what I’m about to doappeared on the front page of the Washington Post tomorrow would I be proud orembarrassed? If I knew I would be embarrassed I would not do it If I’d be proud Iknew I was generally on the right track Getting somewhere is important How you get there is eually important Do the rightthing Forget petty politics don’t worry about whether you’re going to upset anyone orruffle anyone’s feathers; if it is the right thing to do figure out a way to get past the egosa way to get around the bureaucratic infighting and then do it Listen AggressivelySee the ship through the crew’s eyes Find round people for round holes Give meperformance over seniority any day of the week Use the power of word magic Ifleaders back their words with action if they practice what they preach their words createa self fulfilling prophecy Call it “word magic” I wanted my people to believe that theUSS Benfold was “the best ship in the Navy” I wanted my people to believe inthemselves Sure it was corny But it worked because confidence is infectious If weweren’t actually the best just yet we were certainly on our way thereCommunicate Purpose and MeaningThe whole secret of leading a ship or managing a company is to articulate a common goalthat inspires a diverse group of people to work hard together We must give ouremployees a compelling vision of their work a good reason to believe it was importantMake your crew think “we can do anything” Our whole ship became a mediumsending a message of achievement and can do optimism to the entire fleet Like anyother workforce mine appreciated hearing from top management Change frightensworkers and their fears thrive in silence The antidote is obvious Keep talking Telleveryone personally what’s in store for him or her – new goals new work descriptionsnew organizational structure and yes job losses if that’s the case Explain why thecompany is making the changes People can absorb anything if they are not deceived ortreated arrogantly I found that the people knew what the goals were the betterbuy in I got – and the better results we achieved togetherOpen up the clogged channels I focused on creating communication that actuallyconveyed information There is a direct relationship between how much the crew knewabout a plan and how well they carried it outAfter creating a great brand defend it Freedom creates discipline When peoplesaw me opening myself to criticism they opened themselves up That’s how we madedramatic improvements When people feel they own an organization they perform withgreater care and devotion They want to do things right the first time and they don’thave accidents by taking shortcuts for the sake of expedience I am absolutely convincedthat with good leadership freedom does not weaken discipline – it strengthens it Freepeople have a powerful incentive not to screw up Look for Results not SalutesTake Calculated Risks

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