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It's Your Ship
Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy

by Captain D Abrashoff
Narrated by Captain Abrashoff

     Never would I have expected great business advice to come from the military, but after listening to It's Your Ship, I can understand why it's considered a bestseller. Captain Abrashoff uses his experience of running the naval ship the U.S.S. Benfold. When Abrashoff took over the U.S.S. Benfold, the crew was happy to see the last of the captain he was replacing. Mind you, at that time, Abrashoff wasn't near the leader he would be two years later. Abrashoff proudly admits Benfold became the best ship in the Navy under his watch, but he also admits it took the entire crew to make it so. "It's your ship" is what Abrashoff often told his men when they asked him how they should do things. His goal was to make them experience the responsibility and pride in running the USS Benfold. From there Abrashoff and his crew learned how to save the military and tax payers' money, create databases, prepare war games, make repairs, save time and provide decent chow. Abrashoff even takes on his superiors with the belief that there is a better way.

It's Your Ship will have double the impact on readers and listeners. Abrashoff shows us how teamwork and fair leadership can improve a business, even in the military, and how life really is on a naval ship. Abrashoff narrates the audio version of his book. His voice is more stilted than commanding, but his belief in what he's saying is evident in every word. This one is worth sharing.

The Book

Hachette Audio
October 9, 2012
Audiobook / Audio CD
Nonfiction / Business / Management
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The Reviewer

Brenda Weeaks
Reviewed 2006
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