Captain D. Michael Abrashoff
It's Your Ship
Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy
Warner Books, 2002
If your business is at sea, get everything shipshape with management advice from a Navy captain. Make waves.
Like many books on leadership from nonbusiness walks of life, this sea tale offers a refreshing new perspective. US Navy Captain D. Michael Abrashoff explains how he and his crew turned their under-performing vessel into the pride of the Pacific Fleet. His colorful, somewhat self-promotional style of storytelling makes it enjoyable, especially for those who are curious about life on a guided missile destroyer. What is less clear, however, is how to apply the Captain’s lessons from a naval vessel to the business of running an ordinary corporation. "Generate unity" and "build up your people" are noble maxims, but how do you apply them in a corporate environment where the greatest threat often stems from friendly fire? In any case, the Captain offers engaging stories about how he steered the USS Benfold back on course. getAbstract recommends his book to executives and students of management who appreciate an anecdotal approach to shipshape leadership.
About the Author
Captain D. Michael Abrashoff is the former commanding officer of the USS Benfold. A graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, he also served as military assistant to then Secretary of Defense William J. Perry. Abrashoff left the Navy in 2001, becoming founder and CEO of Boston-based Grassroots Leadership Inc.
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