It’s Your Ship – Book Review

D.Michael Abrashoff is known for his extraordinary captainship in the U.S Navy’s warship USS Benfold. The ship was equipped with state-of-the-art AEGIS combat systems and anti-aircraft missiles but the production of the ship was not doing so great. When Abrashoff took command of the ship, within months, it became the best ship in the navy. Abrashoff is now the author of the New York Times Bestselling book “It’s Your Ship” in which he imparts his skills and knowledge of successful business practices. He also lectures around the country on the same topic.

In his book It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy Abrashoff offers many techniques–along with his own experiences–that are necessary for a business to be successful.  He cites listening to the crew as one of the important factors and how after listening to them he was able to eliminate useless tasks and save time under his management.

Communication is the second most significant feature of a successful business. According to Abrashoff, his crew’s performance kept on improving the more he communicated with them; this led to the crew members started calling him “Megaphone Mike”.

All these techniques by Abrashoff made Benfold the most productive ship. The way Abrashoff ensured that each member of the crew was valued made them want to work with purpose because they felt what they were doing was important. Abrashoff believes that every person in the business should take responsibility for their own work to be done right. The Slogan on his ship said “It’s Your Ship”.

In his book, Abrashoff gives an eye opening view to the top-notch management challenges that are faced in the business sphere and how a US Navy Officer met those challenges head on and tackled them successfully.

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