It’s Your Ship takes the everyday successful practices of great managers & assistant managers and shows that no matter where they are applied, even on a $1 Billion Warship, you can deliver great results when you do your you work hard on it. Rather if its military roles, manager at a supermarket, banking, or in special titles in the corporate world; learning strong management skills, and placing yourself to the people you manage takes practice, humanity, & experience.
Commander Abrashoff tells a wonderful story of how he changed the behavior of every officer and sailor on the USS Benfold, even when it faced the political and military challenges of preparing for ‘combat readiness’, where lives are on the line. He does this in with his expertise manner that allows me to absorb these concepts as if you were listening to some of my professional friends discussing to me over dinner.
The main criteria, I feel is important was that leadership would not be so hard if we did not think it would be so easy. I learned optimism and pessimism as a leader is equally infectious to those you lead. As I was reading, I also realized and learned the value of retention because losing an employee will cost 150% of their salary to replace. Examples on how to fix things is, when things are not working in a business ask yourself as a manager; did I clearly define the goal? Have I provided the training, timeline and resources to complete the task? I have learned all of these is also very important to be a successful leader with management and business goals.
This book allowed me to reconnect with some of the common and effective management skills, while motivating you to apply them to your situation, no matter what & teamwork is very important.
It is positive and motivates me & even though I may never become a manager, I truly respect those that are!
By Frances Ackley
Eckert Seamans | Pittsburgh, PA