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Former Commander | USS Benfold and Author | It’s Your Ship

Mike Abrashoff

Helping Leaders & Organizations Become More Resilient, Innovative, & Inspiring...

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1.It's your ship - Achieving breakthrough performance

When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, morale was low, turnover was high and the ship’s performance ranked near the bottom of the Pacific Fleet. Just twelve months later Benfold was ranked #1 – using the very same crew. The lesson was clear – leadership matters and culture is everything. This inspiring talk is for every individual and organization looking for practical and usable ways to take organizational performance to new heights. In Mike’s case, he realized that before the ship’s performance could change, he had to change his leadership style. Mike worked to create a culture of trust and empower his crew to take charge and use ingenuity and initiative to improve every aspect of the way things were done. Top down leadership is dead, so when the crew would present a problem, Mike became famous for responding “What would YOU do? It’s YOUR ship!” Mike’s presentation leaves audiences with the tools and inspiration to accomplish big goals.

2.The virtual leader's roadmap

Mike Abrashoff had to change his leadership mindset when he took over the near-worst performing ship in the Navy. The situation was dire. If performance did not improve, sailors could have gotten injured…or worse. In response, Mike quickly adopted a new set of principles to guide a new way of leading. His focus was on building trust and authentic ways of engaging. It was about listening to and empowering his crew who then went on to make the USS Benfold the best ship in the entire U.S. Navy. These very same principles are the foundation of success for organizations that embrace working virtually. In the short term, many organizations have found virtual work arrangements actually increase effectiveness of employees. That effectiveness may not be sustainable if leaders and organizations don’t master a new skill-set of how to lead people they can’t see. It’s about measuring results – not activity; and about finding ways to let people know their efforts are appreciated. Those who succeed in leading in the virtual environment will create a decisive competitive advantage.

3.No Limits - Don't let goals become limitations

Sometimes in our professional lives we might think we are in a battle to beat an adversary or a competitor when in actuality we are really in competition with ourselves but just haven’t figured it out yet. When battling the competition, you want to come out on top, if only by one more sale or maybe a few percentage points. Other times, someone at a higher level gives you a goal based on some median expectation set for others. When Mike Abrashoff took command of a well below-average ship in the U.S. Navy, his goal was to get to average. He initially set average goals and expectations for himself and his crew until one day it dawned on him: his ship could be much better than just average. It was Mike’s eureka moment: realizing they weren’t in competition with anyone but themselves. To be their best they had to stop putting limits on what they believed was possible. That realization changed Mike Abrashoff’s approach to leadership and led the same crew to accomplish one of the most remarkable turnarounds that was chronicled in the Harvard Business Review , Fast Company magazine and Mike’s New York Times’ and Wall Street Journal bestselling book, IT’S YOUR SHIP. This presentation will challenge audiences to think differently on how to set expectations while realizing the only limits that you have are self-imposed.

4.Go deeper with half-day and full-day programs

Dive deep into the Leadership Roadmap with a half-day or full-day program. The sessions are most often used as a follow-on to Mike’s keynote and provide attendees with powerful tools and strategies to apply in their work environment. Depending on the circumstances, these longer sessions are facilitated by a senior strategist from Mike’s firm, Aegis Performance Group, or Mike himself. These sessions create an exciting interactive atmosphere where participants examine the key components of high performing leaders, teams and organizations. Inquire for more details and program descriptions.

Videos

Becoming The Best Ship in the U.S. Navy

Becoming The Best Ship in the U.S. Navy

Our People Are Watching

Our People Are Watching

Creating a Culture of Yes

Creating a Culture of Yes

Organizational Transformation  -  Don't Impose Limits On Yourself

Organizational Transformation - Don't Impose Limits On Yourself

Business Transformation - Rethink Business Process

Business Transformation - Rethink Business Process

Learning Leadership Skills at the Pentagon

Learning Leadership Skills at the Pentagon

Best Talent Retention Practices

Best Talent Retention Practices

How Are We Showing Up At Work

How Are We Showing Up At Work

Great Ideas Can Come From Anyone

Great Ideas Can Come From Anyone

The Unglamorous Part of Life at Sea

The Unglamorous Part of Life at Sea

It's Your Ship

It's Your Ship

Engaging the Team Pays Off

Engaging the Team Pays Off

Process Drives Great Outcomes

Process Drives Great Outcomes

Leading a Diverse Workforce

Leading a Diverse Workforce

Staying Safe in Tough Times

Staying Safe in Tough Times

MIKE ABRASHOFF Don't Mistake Complainers for Troublemakers

MIKE ABRASHOFF Don't Mistake Complainers for Troublemakers

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you received very high ratings in our post-conference survey

“Any audience that cares about leadership, culture, change management, performance and teamwork would benefit immensely from your presentation.  Our group enjoyed not only your message, but also...

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van Vice President, Industry Affairs & Member Relations, National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Mike’s presentation was widely recognized as the best by far

“In the close to four years I have been here Mike’s presentation was widely recognized as the best by far. He spoke for 75 minutes …no notes… no overheads…. No podium…right out front. ...

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van Chief Operation Officer, Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas
I believe he is the best that we have ever had

“HOME RUN!!! Mike Abrashoff was a bases loaded home run! I believe he is the best that we have ever had. Wow!!!!! Wonderful feedback from the members. All future speakers will be judged against a...

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van First Financial Resources
Your message was on point and was exactly what I was looking for.

“Mike, you hit it out of the park, as I knew you would. Your message was on point and was exactly what I was looking for. It emphasized some of the things we were already working on and provided a...

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van President/CEO, Empire Caterpillar Southwest
Mike was so fabulous

“Mike was so fabulous – not a dry eye in the audience. He made us look good, but more importantly, he inspired our leaders to be their best and get better – even if by just 1% a day. We will...

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van U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
“Everyone loved Mike

“Everyone loved Mike. He got a standing ovation. First time I’ve seen a keynote receive one in my history with ADESA.”

van ADESA (Automotive Dealer Exchange Services of America)
I personally have never listened to a better speaker

“The feedback was overwhelmingly positive! I personally have never listened to a better speaker. Your message was tailor made for my team and I look forward to discussing future opportunities with...

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van VP, TransCanada Energy Operations

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