What I Learned at the Naval Academy

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Pearson Education, Feb 1, 2010 - Business & Economics - 9 pages

The more insecure you feel, the more frightening situations become. That’s because most people resist, making matters worse. Suppose you do the opposite: Accept fear, treat it like a passing shower, and focus on things you control. Your demons vanish. These and other tonics for hard times come from Mike Abrashoff, who discovered joyfulness as a plebe at Annapolis.


It may sound unfeeling, but I notice that hard times aren’t all bad. They force people with or without jobs to stay calm, overcome reverses, make the best of whatever happens. They’re often the most fertile times for growing what every business needs–proven leaders. Right now, companies everywhere are stretching their people to work harder and do more with less. In this Darwinian situation, the winners are those who accept being stretched, but on terms favorable to themselves. That doesn’t mean the winners are all me-firsters. In a healthy organization, the most valued stretchers are those who benefit the whole enterprise, not just themselves. They’re the next leaders in waiting.


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At the age of 36, D. Michael Abrashoff became the much admired skipper of USS Benfold, a troubled ship that, in a short 18 months, he and his crew transformed into the best guided-missile destroyer in the world’s best navy. Publications from Fast Company to the Harvard Business Review heralded their achievement. Abrashoff himself told their story in a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book, It’s Your Ship. Now a consultant to large corporations and popular speaker on leadership topics, he is the founding partner of Grassroots Leadership Solutions. Abrashoff is also the author of It’s Our Ship and Get Your Ship Together.

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