It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy, 10th Anniversary Edition

Author: D. Michael Abrashoff
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by enrtcode   2019-07-21

Exactly. That's the sign of a good leader. I'm retired now but when I was a cop we would always critique each other on tactics when we conducted high risk investigations. After every single search warrant I ever did we always got the entry team together after and used corrective criticism of each other to make sure we were safer.

On a similar subject if you want a good book to read about leadership try "Its your ship" written by a Navy Captain. It was required reading in LE in my area for supervisors.

https://www.amazon.com/Its-Your-Ship-Management-Anniversary/dp/145552302X

by longfeathers   2019-07-21

For those looking to make the jump to leadership here is my book list that I recommend:

  • Leadership

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  • Abrashof’s Its Your Ship (Strong Language Included)

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  • https://www.amazon.com/Its-Your-Ship-Management-Anniversary/dp/145552302X
  • Servant Leader

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  • https://www.amazon.com/Servant-Leader-Ken-Blanchard/dp/0849996597/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1518669204&sr=1-5&keywords=servant+leadership
  • Maxwell’s Everyone Communicates and Few Connect

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  • https://www.amazon.com/Everyone-Communicates-Few-Connect-Differently/dp/0785214259/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1518669348&sr=1-1&keywords=maxwell+few+connect
  • H3 Leadership

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  • https://www.amazon.com/H3-Leadership-Humble-Hungry-Hustle-ebook/dp/B00QL9LET0/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1536245811&sr=1-4&keywords=h3+leadership
  • Enterprise Architecture

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  • Enterprise Architecture: How to get EA Optimized

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  • https://www.amazon.com/Enterprise-Architecture-How-get-optimised-ebook/dp/B00PPI7104/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1549664312&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=%EF%82%A7%09Enterprise+Architecture%3A+How+to+get+EA+Optimized
  • Different Points of Views

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  • Sandberg’s Lean In

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  • https://www.amazon.com/Lean-Women-Work-Will-Lead/dp/0385349947/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1518669273&sr=1-4&keywords=lean+in
  • C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters

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  • https://www.amazon.com/Screwtape-Letters-C-S-Lewis/dp/0060652934/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1536246318&sr=8-2&keywords=screwtape+letters+by+c.s.+lewis

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  • Goals

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  • Smart Goals – The ultimate setting guide

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  • https://www.amazon.com/SMART-Goals-Ultimate-Setting-Guide-ebook/dp/B005QUVP4O/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1549664645&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=%EF%82%A7%09Smart+Goals+%E2%80%93+The+ultimate+setting+guide
  • IT Leadership Development

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  • The Phoenix Project

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  • https://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Project-DevOps-Helping-Business/dp/1942788290/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1536245436&sr=8-1&keywords=the+phoenix+project+book
  • The Visible Ops Handbook

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  • https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0975568612/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2
  • Nunno’s Wolf in CIOs Clothing

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  • https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Cios-Clothing-Tina-Nunno/dp/1629560871/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1518669404&sr=1-1&keywords=a+wolf+in+CIOs
  • The Nutanix Bible (A Breakdown of how Hyper-Converged Hardware/Software Work)

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  • http://nutanixbible.com/
by alexpotato   2019-06-03
From this article: https://www.amazon.com/Its-Your-Ship-Management-Anniversary/...

Paraphrasing: "As captain, I kept asking why we had no time for training. I was told because painting the ship took up a huge amount of time. So I asked 'Why do we need to paint the ship?'. I was told because the bolts used on the hull are not stainless so they rust and the ship looks bad so we paint it. 'Can't we use stainless bolts?' I asked. 'No', I was told because the Navy stores didn't have stainless bolts. So I gave my credit card to the supply officer and told him to go buy some stainless bolts. Hundreds of hours saved and now available for training."

EVERY SINGLE PROJECT I have ever worked on could apply this story and I would bet that there are similar examples of this on the MTA. The "speed team" from the article here is a perfect example of how sometimes lots of small fixes in the same direction can have enormous impacts.