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Mike Abrashoff, Speaker
  • Teamwork.
  • High Performance.
  • Leadership and Execution.
  • Organizational Transformation.

    Mike Abrashoff

    Former Navy Commander on Team Engagement


    The U.S Navy selected Mike Abrashoff to become Commander of the USS Benfold at the age of 36, making him the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet at the time.

    The immediate challenges that faced Mike on this underperforming warship were staggering: low morale, high turnover and unacceptably low performance evaluations. In many ways, the USS Benfold was actually an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today.

    The solution was to establish a system of management techniques that he called The Leadership Roadmap. At the core of his leadership approach was a process of replacing command and control with commitment and cohesion, and by engaging the hearts, minds and loyalties of sailors with both conviction and humility.

    "The most important thing that a captain can do is to see the ship through the eyes of the crew" - says Abrashoff. The Leadership Roadmap is a practice that empowers every individual to share the responsibility of achieving excellence. "It's your ship," he was known to say.

    By every measure these principles were able to achieve breakthrough results. The rate of military promotions tripled, and the crew slashed operating expenses by 25%. Regarded now as the finest ship in the Pacific Fleet, the USS Benfold won the prestigious Spokane Trophy for "highest degree of combat readiness". This transformation took place with the same crew - what changed was the ship's culture.

    Abrashoff recounted the leadership lessons from the turnaround of the USS Benfold in "It's Your Ship", New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller, with over 800.000 copies sold to date - leading to two follow-up books, "Get Your Ship Together" and "It's Our Ship".

    Prior to commanding the USS Benfold, Abrashoff served as Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense William J. Perry. He also helped draft the air defense plan for naval forces in the Persian Gulf -coinciding with Iraq's invasion of Kuwait- and served as Executive Officer of the Cruiser Shiloh, where he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of the United Nations' sanctions against Iraq.

    Mike Abrashoff is the founder of GLS Worldwide, a consulting firm which works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent and business challenges within their organization. The firm challenges leaders at all levels to reimagine their leadership thinking and create new ways to elevate individual, team and organizational performance.


    Achieving Breakthrough Performance

    When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, morale was low, turnover was high and performance ranked at the bottom of the Pacific Fleet. Twelve months later the ship was the benchmark for performance - using the very same crew. This inspiring talk is based on the vital leadership lessons Abrashoff learned as he led the remarkable turnaround of the ship.

    Putting the Leadership Roadmap to Work

    For organizations that want to get serious about improving performance, this presentation delivers examples of the Leadership Roadmap in action. Abrashoff brings to life stories of how the principles that led the transformation of the USS Benfold have been put into action at companies and organizations looking to harness the power of their most important asset - their people.


    It's Your Ship Get Your Ship Together It's Our Ship
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