Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules by L. David Marquet
a GREAT inspirational read:
As newly appointed captain of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear submarine, David Marquet, an experienced Navy Officer was responsible for more than a hundred sailors, deep in the sea. In this high-stress environment, where there is no margin for error, it was crucial his men did their job and did it well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention in the fleet.
One day, Marquet unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. When he asked why the order wasn’t challenged, the answer was “Because you told me to.” Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things.
Marquet then decided to change the attitude of his whole crew encouraging leadership at every level. Each crew member learned to become a leader and assumed responsibility for everything he did, from clerical tasks to crucial combat decisions. The crew became fully engaged, contributing their full intellectual capacity every day, and the Santa Fe started winning awards and promoting a highly disproportionate number of officers to submarine command.
How would you like to work in a place where everyone around you is totally engaged and contributing their full intellectual capacity?
Or a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work – a place where everyone is a leader?
Marquet’s book is the gripping story of what happened next – where he took the ship from worst to first by challenging the U.S. Navy’s traditional leader-follower approach and instead implementing his own framework of leader-leader. In doing so, he struggled against his own instincts to “take control, attract followers” in order to achieve the vastly more powerful “give control, create leaders.”
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