Ballantyne Chapter Luncheon: It's Your Ship, Achieving Breakthrough Performances featuring Mike Abrashoff - September 2018

Date: Monday, September 24, 2018
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
7415 Waverly Walk Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28277
Contact: Emily Stacks
Phone: 704-378-1326

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Join the Ballantyne Chapter of the Charlotte Chamber for a special presentation from Mike Abrashoff, former Commander, USS Benfold and author, It's Your Ship 

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Mike Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern day stories of organizational transformation. At the age of 36, the Navy selected Mike to become Commander of USS Benfold. At the time he was the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet – on a ship that was plagued by low morale, high turnover and abysmal performance evaluations. Few thought that the ship could improve – yet 12 months later the ship was ranked #1 in performance – using the same crew. People were amazed and the lesson was clear – leadership matters and culture is everything.

In many ways, the USS Benfold was an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today. That’s why dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company have cited Mike’s story as an inspiring lesson for business. Leaders especially identify with Mike’s being accountable for the results in an environment where he couldn’t make the rules.

1. Took command of Navy’s near-worst performing ship; twelve months later it was best ship in the fleet – using the same crew.
2. Culture is everything. You can’t order excellence – learn to swap command and control for commitment and cohesion.
3. Inspires people to rethink how they lead: don’t focus on what’s out of your control; focus on the things you can influence.
4. Self-imposed limitations are the greatest enemy of improving performance. Learn new paths to breakthrough performance.
5. Everyone engaged: unleash the power of your organization. When the crew presented a problem, Mike’s signature response was “What would YOU do? It’s YOUR ship!”

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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