Business-Ship to Ship Book Review

4348 Words Jul 5th, 2005 18 Pages
It's Your Ship:
Management Techniques from the
Best Damn Ship in the Navy
Capt. D. Michael Abrashoff
Warner Books, 2002

Author's Page Captain D. Michael Abrashoff is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and was a military assistant to the former secretary of defense, Dr. William J. Perry. He served as Commander of 310 men and women aboard the USS Benfold in the Pacific Fleet. Abrashoff left the Navy in 2001 and became the founder and CEO of Grassroots Leadership, Inc., in Boston.

www.grassrootsleadership.com
Other Books
Get Your Ship Together, 2005
Ship Happens, Coming 2006

It's Your Ship Table of Contents
Introduction 1
Ch.1 Take Command 11
Ch.2 Lead by Example 32
Ch.3 Listen Aggressively 43
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He notes that the crew seemed relieved by the departing Commander and realized that he must come up with a new leadership model to reach his crew. As he noted in the introduction that high percentage of turnover among crew bothered him and he notes some trends in society that contribute to this problem. The long economic boom had made most people unafraid of losing their jobs, or finding new ones. Thus he believed it manager's challenge to retain them by motivating them to "work with passion, energy, and enthusiasm." (p.12) By reading over the exit surveys he assumed as many that low pay was a main reason for people leaving, but was shocked when it was in fact 5th. The top four are strikingly similar to the slide we studied in class on "What Associates Want from Their Job" in wanting appreciation, ability to make impact, not being listened to, and more responsibility. This helped him understand his crew better and try to "see the ship through the eyes of the crew." (p.13) He encouraged his crew to challenge the way in which they carried out their jobs by asking, "Is there a better way to do what you do?" If so, then he wanted them to take the responsibility one their own to implement the change, unless it involved major implications. Abrashoff continues to give examples of instances where low level crew members given the opportunity to speak up with their own ideas, come up

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