Episode 26: Michael Abrashoff – It’s Your Ship
What do you think? It’s a question that ranking officers don’t often ask of their crew, but it was crucial to Michael Abrashoff. His book, It’s Your Ship – Management Techniques from the Best Damned Ship in the Navy, details how he turned around his crew’s performance on one of the worst ships in the navy. Find out what first three steps he took as a new commanding officer that challenged the status quo and built a foundation of respect and trust within his crew.
- “Stop obsessing over the things you can’t influence…and start obsessing over the things you can in order to drive influence.”
- “If everything is a crisis, then nothing is a crisis.” Learn more about @APG_Leadership’s philosophy on the #podcast
Book: It’s Your Ship
Bio: 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, the Honorable Dr. William J. Perry. Abrashoff left the Navy in 2001 and became the founder and CEO of Grassroots Leadership, Inc., in Boston.
Peter Bregman is CEO of Bregman Partners, a company that strengthens leadership in people and in organizations through programs (including the Bregman Leadership Intensive), coaching, and as a consultant to CEOs and their leadership teams. Best-selling author of 18 Minutes, his most recent book is Four Seconds. To receive an email when he posts, click here.