Turn the Ship Around!: How to Create Leadership at Every Level

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Greenleaf Book Group, 2012 - Business & Economics - 238 pages
From the vantage point of the commander of the USS Santa Fe, read how the crew completely turned the ship around, going from worst to first by questioning many of our basic leadership assumptions and shifting from take-control authority to give-control empowerment.

Share the author's insights as the crew gains unprecedented decision making authority, the risks of doing so, and the reward of an exponentially more effective and more resilient organization.

Learn how to achieve astounding results by applying the author's practical steps, such as
- Release proactivity and initiative with 'I intend to...'
- Build teamwork and minimize errors with "deliberate action"
- Enhance responsibility and ownership by eliminating top-down monitoring
- Improving morale by focusing on excellence rather than errors.

See what it's really like to operate a nuclear submarine -- from navigation to missile launching -- and learn the mechanisms used to propel Santa Fe not only to the top but to achieve a lasting transformation, one that resulted in the ship's continued operational excellence and the highly disproportionate promotion rate among Santa Fe's crew long after Marquet had left command.


 

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Hi. I'm the author of Turn the Ship Around! I wrote this book to help pioneer a better way of treating each other, a way of treating each other that will allow more of us to freely give of our passion ... Read full review

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Excellent leadership guide! Learn how to operate as a team, empower your people to be the best that they want and can be. Especially liked the idea of "When checking out with the XO, the department heads were now telling him what they were doing, hadn’t done, and needed help with. It was a bottom-up dialogue."  

Contents

Introduction
1
Pain
13
Business as Usual
21
Change of Course
27
Frustration
32
Call to Action
38
Whatever They Tell Me To Do
45
I Relieve You 13
50
All Present and Accounted For
144
Final Preparations
153
clarity
161
Under Way for Deployment
163
A Remembrance of War
173
Leadership at Every Level
178
11
184
Looking Ahead
188

control
57
Change In a Word
59
Welcome Aboard Santa Fe
69
Under Way On Nuclear Power
76
I Intend To
84
Up Scope xi xv
92
Whos Responsible?
100
A New Ship
106
We Have a Problem
113
competence
119
Mistakes Just Happen
120
We Learn
129
Under Way for San Diego
137
Combat Effectiveness
195
Homecoming
201
A New Method of Resupplying
209
Ripples
215
Where Are They Now?
219
Glossary
221
Index
229
27
230
69
231
92
233
About the Author
239
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

A top graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy, L. David Marquet led a distinguished career in the U.S. submarine force. He commanded the nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe, stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Captain Marquet completely turned around Santa Fe, where the crew went from being "worst to first." Santa Fe earned numerous awards for being the most improved ship in the Pacific and the most combat-effective ship in the squadron. Santa Fe continued to win awards after his departure and promoted a disproportionate number of officers and enlisted men to positions of increased responsibility. After riding USS Santa Fe, noted author Stephen R. Covey said it was the most empowering organization he'd ever seen and wrote about Captain Marquet's leadership practices in his book, The 8th Habit.

His bold and highly effective leadership can be summarized as "give control, create leaders." He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and lives in Florida with his wife, Jane.

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