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Mike Abrashoff

Former Navy Commander, Leadership Authority & Author, It's Your Ship
FEE RANGE: $25,000–$35,000 [FEE NOTE]
TRAVELS FROM: Florida
When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, the ship’s performance ranked at rock-bottom. Determined to improve performance, but without the power to hire, fire or promote personnel, Abrashoff focused on what he could change: the ship’s culture. He broke from the traditional command-and-control leadership style and sought to see the ship from the eyes of his crew - creating a guiding set of principles he calls Grassroots Leadership. When crew members asked Abrashoff to solve a problem, his response became, “It’s your ship - what would you do?” The result was an empowered and engaged team that turned the ship into the Navy’s top performer. People at every level in business relate to Abrashoff’s dilemma: being held accountable for results without having the ability to make the rules. His results-oriented approach bestows a sense of ownership and creates accountable teams that adapt, innovate and accomplish more with less. His most recent bestselling book is It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy.

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