- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (8 Oct. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241250943
- ISBN-13: 978-0241250945
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 118 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Turn The Ship Around!: A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules Paperback – 8 Oct 2015
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I don't know of a finer model of this kind of empowering leadership than Captain Marquet. And in the pages that follow you will find a model for your pathway (Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)
To say I'm a fan of David Marquet would be an understatement . . . I'm a fully fledged groupie. He is the kind of leader who comes around only once a generation. He is the kind of leader who doesn't just know how to lead, he knows how to build leaders. His ideas and lessons are invaluable to anyone who wants to build an organization that will outlive them (Simon Sinek, optimist and author of Start with Why)
About the Author
L. David Marquet, a top graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, commanded the nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe from 1999 to 2001. Since retiring from the Navy he has worked with businesses nationwide as a leadership consultant. He gives presentations around the world about his acclaimed first book, Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Leaders Into Followers.
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If the answer is 'yes' then this book should perk you up and give you some ideas to change things for the better.
It's a clear and simple read but also grounded in painful honesty about the times when plot-loss occurred and mistakes were made.
The message is so simple.
With a clear mission & strategy in place so everyone in a company knows what the goals are, give your team autonomy and not only will they feel pride in the work they do & enjoy their work, but they will achieve so much more.
If David can achieve ceding control on a nuclear submarine, then there is no reason why we can't all lead our companies in the same way.
Update - since applying the learning in my teams We've built a team that contributes, not follows, solved & delivered on long term challenges and are developing managers/ future managers. This book and it's practices have transformed me from a manager to the leader I always aspired to in six months.
Captain Marquet took over the USN Submarine - graded the worst in the fleet across nearly every KPI and turned it around into the top ranked boat. But this is about far more than the impact of a strong and effective leader it's about completely redesigning the process by which most teams and hierarchies work. The results spoke for themselves and created a legacy of excellence that endured for years after Marquet had moved on. Both the intellectual self confidence and moral courage required to make and persist with such a radical change programme are underplayed in the book but none the less this is also a book about personal courage and the ability to take calculated risks.
In short if you want to engage your workforce they have to buy into the decision-making process. To do that they need to have ownership of the problem. This is classic mission command - give me your intent and the resources to do the job then leave me to it. This was both a high risk and highly unorthodox approach to the submarine fleet which bounded by the paramount concerns of safety in operating a nuclear powered and nuclear armed boat tended to dictate a rigorous protocol and process for everything.
Great story delivered with careful attention to the lessons that could be applied to many commercial organisations and businesses.
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