It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy Hardcover – May 22 2002
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It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy
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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
Having spent many years in the "old Corps (USMC)", heavy industry and higher education, I, too, have come to reject the old fashioned and dysfunctional command and control approach to leadership. There is a much better model and it is well described and richly illustrated in this book.
When we have high expectations and we properly equip people to deliver, harmony is created and a virtuous cycle of achievement and progress is created.
Abrashoff was very objective focused as opposed to process or traditional ways of getting things done. He also took care of his people and made exceptions where feasible to ensure their long term emotional stability and commitment to the Navy. He understood the true costs of acquiring, training and bringing new staff up to speed. Often your best investment is employee retention!
A very good book with a different focus than the standard mantra management book. Well worth the read!
It is a loss for the US Navy that Abrashoff retired to pursue other life objectives. He was a strong credit to the Navy.
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