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  • 1.  
  • 2. It’s Your Ship The Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy AUTHOR: Captain D. Michael Abrashoff PUBLISHER: Warner Books DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2002 NUMBER OF PAGES: 224 pages Book pic
  • 3.
      • Companies and businesses share common challenges of retaining and getting the most out of their employees .
      • The book teaches on how to motivate employees to take responsibility for their action.
  • 4. 1 - Take Command
      • Reasons for Leaving
      • The top four reasons are:
        • Not being treated with respect or dignity.
        • Prevented from making an impact on the organization.
        • Not being listened to.
        • Not being rewarded with more responsibility.
  • 5.
      • Encourage and Respect Your Staff
        • The key to a successful organization is to be able to look through the eyes of the staff and crew.
        • Give everyone the trust and respect they deserve.
        • Leadership focuses on encouraging people not only to find better ways to do their jobs, but also to enjoy their work.
    1 - Take Command
  • 6.
    • Never Forget Your Effect on People
      • As a leader, you need to understand that you can greatly affect people.
      • The signals you send tell people how important they are to you and how important the company is.
      • Recognize your mood swings and learn to manage them.
    • Be Accountable for Your Actions
      • A good leader knows when to stand up and be accountable for his mistakes.
    • Listen Aggressively
      • One of the factors to being a great leader is that he must listen to people.
      • Mean whatever you say, and practice what you preach.
    2 - Lead by Example
  • 7.
    • Effective Communication is Key
    • Understand that no matter how great your message is, if no one is receiving it, you are not communicating.
    • Freedom Creates Discipline
    • Feedback is necessary to keep the company moving forward, as well as to assess how the group works together and what can be improved.
    3 - Communicate Purpose and Meaning
  • 8.
    • Give Second Chances
    • Be aware that people are sensitive to your actions and reactions.
    • Delegate
    • Delegating means that your employees are trusted and respected.
    4 - Create a Climate of Trust
  • 9.
    • Your employees must learn how to take the initiative.
      • Let Your Crew Feel Free to Speak Up
      • People who always say “yes” or agree with the higher-ups or top executives all the time are dangerous to the organization.
    5 - Look for Results not Salutes
  • 10.
    • Below are some risks that you can bet on:
      • Bet on people who think for themselves.
      • Take a chance on a promising sailor .
      • If a rule doesn’t make sense, break it carefully.
    6 - Take Calculated Risks
  • 11.
    • In any business, standard operating procedure (SOP) is the rule .
    • “ Pushing the envelope” for innovation and originality has the following benefits:
      • You keep your priorities in focus.
      • You stay ahead of the competition.
      • You get to see another “point of view”.
      • You motivate people to do what you want them to do and to do their best.
    7 - Go Beyond Standard Procedure
  • 12.
    • Meet and Talk to Your People
    • Positive and personal reinforcement is the key to an effective and successful leader.
    • Expect the Best from Your Crew and You Will Get It
    • Communicate expectations and feedback frequently throughout the year.
    8 - Build Up Your People
  • 13.
    • Respect, Dignity and Fairness
    • Make people who work for you feel needed, trusted and highly valued.
    • Representation at the Top
    • The management needs to reflect the makeup of the work force.
    9 - Generate Unity
  • 14.
    • Fun at Work Makes for a Happy Organization
      • Having fun at work creates more social glue for the organization.
      • Have a “fun” day at least once a month.
    10 - Improve Your People’s Quality of Life
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