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About The Episode
In this two part episode we talk with Captain Michael Abrashoff on how he did the unthinkable and turned his ship around. As the new Commander of the USS Benfold, the challenges he faced were staggering, with low morale and the highest turnover rate in the Navy. Few thought the ship could improve. Yet 12 months later it was ranked #1 in performance — using the same crew. Rocky and Mike discuss how to create a positive work environment with your team, especially when entering conditions where a negative precedent has been set. We learn how Mike quickly gained the trust of his crew members through servant leadership.
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Mike Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern day stories of organizational transformation. At 36, he was selected to be Commander of USS Benfold and was the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific fleet. The challenges of this underachieving destroyer were staggering, with low morale and the highest turnover rate in the Navy. Few thought the ship could improve. Yet 12 months later it was ranked #1 in performance — using the same crew. How did Mike do it? By replacing command and control leadership with commitment and cohesion. The lesson was clear: Leadership matters and culture is everything.