Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lunch 'n' learn: Management lessons from the United States Navy 

While you nosh: Management lessons on an aircraft carrier at sea.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Jun 10, 06:18:00 PM:


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.

The Centrist  

By Blogger Viking Kaj, at Wed Jun 10, 07:24:00 PM:

A single bunker buster will do wonders for that clutter in your office.  

By Anonymous The Sheep Nazi, at Wed Jun 10, 07:34:00 PM:

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

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Jun 10, 08:04:00 PM:

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.  

By Blogger Who Struck John, at Wed Jun 10, 08:41:00 PM:

Carriers have a feature not found in the modern office: if you are stupid or inattentive on a carrier, you die. I suspect that does wonders for focusing the mind.  

By Anonymous tyree, at Wed Jun 10, 11:26:00 PM:

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.  

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