Wednesday, June 10, 2009
While you nosh: Management lessons on an aircraft carrier at sea.
I've given many colleagues a copy of Michael Abrashoff's "It's Your Ship." Abrashoff was a Navy captain who turned around the U.S.S. Benfield (making it, in his words, the "best damn ship in the Navy."). I thought his book to be compelling enough to distribute it, hopefully to give wisdom and inspiration to up-and-coming executives in operations and selling divisions, all with a view of making their organizations the best darned ones at their company. Some have read it and drawn from it, and I'm following up with the rest.
And, of course, if we all adopt a "Navy-like" regimen that includes physical training, we'll be sure to fit in between cars in tight spaces in train station parking lots.
I read this with interest, and would recommend it as a companion piece (HT Photon Courier):
The Self-Designing High-Reliability Organization:
Aircraft Carrier Flight Operations at Sea
Great post! Thanks so much, and I would also recommend this post from another blogger on the same trip (several of which are linked at the bottom of post TH linked to). Some great pictures.
Possibility of life or death does tend to get you to focus. The rumor mill in my fathers medical unit said that the best people would be kept out of harms way because they were to valuable to risk in combat. My father never found out if it was true but that group of men studied every waking minute.