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Mike Abrashoff Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author, It's Your Ship
Process Matters as Much as People
Leadership expert Capt MIKE ABRASHOFF led organizational transformation by becoming “leader as coach” – telling his crew “It’s Your Ship” and watching them take ownership. Engagement at work generated breakthrough performance -- increasing retention, reducing accidents and improving morale. A real-life story filled with leadership lessons that apply to every business.
At 36, he was selected to be Commander of USS Benfold and was the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific fleet. The challenges of this underachieving destroyer were staggering, with low morale and the highest turnover rate in the Navy. Few thought the ship could improve. Yet 12 months later it was ranked #1 in performance -- using the same crew. How did Mike do it? By replacing command and control leadership with commitment and cohesion. The lesson was clear: Leadership matters and culture is everything.
Since leaving the Navy, Mike has worked with over 1200 organizations instilling leadership initiatives at every level – achieving phenomenal change in unexpected places. Leaders especially identify with Mike being accountable for results in an environment where he couldn’t make the rules. He focused on the one thing he could influence: his crew’s attitude, because culture is the ultimate competitive weapon for any organization. That’s why Wall Street Journal, Fast Company and others have cited Mike’s story. It’s also why Mike is so popular with such a wide range of audiences.
MIKE ABRASHOFF, one of the world’s top leadership speakers, shares drivers of engagement & new ways of improving performance for big wins. These effective management techniques are the foundation of a world class organization. Hear Mike on achieving full engagement, managing change in the workplace, etc.
Painting the ship and why? Breakthrough ideas come from a culture of innovation. Per top event speaker on innovation at work Navy Capt. MIKE ABRASHOFF, breakthrough thinking comes when leaders challenge the status quo. Mike shares great leadership lessons learned in improving performance on the USS Benfold – yielding more meaningful work, lower costs, increased safety.
Building trust in the workplace accelerates great performance. So how do you build trust? A top conference speaker shares the trust building practices that fueled success. Destroyer commander MIKE ABRASHOFF worked with teams & leaders at all levels – and led his ship from worst to best performer in 1 year.
Every single day, changing people's mindsets.