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“It’s Your Ship – Achieving Breakthrough Performance”

Mike Abrashoff
Former Commander, USS Benfold, and Author, It’s Your Ship

  • Took command of Navy’s near-worst performing ship; twelve months later it was best ship in the fleet – using the same crew.
  • Culture is everything. You can’t order excellence – learn to swap command and control for commitment and cohesion.

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Leadership  |  Organizational Culture  |  Creating Exceptional 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, the 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.


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“We have asked Mike Abrashoff to speak to our team twice now, and he is in high demand for a third appearance.

His message and coaching around leadership is perfect for every level of management in our organization ranging from the General Managers of our stores right up to our CEO. Mike provides practical advice sprinkled with some entertaining stories from his days as Captain of the USS Benfold. Our time spent with Mike has been invaluable, and we look forward to working with him again.”

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