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Michael Abrashoff

Former Navy Commander | Bestselling Author | Leading Breakthrough Performance

Bio

Speaker Mike Abrashoff took command of the worst-performing navy ship and crew in the Pacific Fleet and—within just one year—made it the best in the fleet. The challenges that faced him on the underperforming ship were staggering: low morale, high crew turnover, and dismal performance evaluations. What drove Abrashoff’s success was the realization that he needed to take a strong lead if things were going to improve. In his riveting talks, Abrashoff details what he did to turn his ship around, and how business leaders can take his lessons to achieve results and success with their own "crews."  +

Prior to commanding USS Benfold, Abrashoff served as the Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense William J. Perry and served as the Executive Officer of the Cruiser Shiloh, where he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq. Abrashoff is also the founder of GLS Worldwide, a consulting firm which works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent, and business challenges within their organizations.

Abrashoff is the author of It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from The Best Damn Navy in The Country, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.  --

Topics

TOPIC EXPERTISE:

  • Organizational Transformation
  • Team Engagement
  • Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement
  • Leadership
  • Diversity
  • Innovation
  • Accountability
  • Leading Change
  • Execution
  • Organizational Change
  • Risk Management
  • Breakthrough Performance

Most Requested Keynote Presentations:

NO LIMITS:  UNLEASHING BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Sometimes in our professional lives we believe we are in a battle to beat an adversary or a competitor when in actuality, we are in competition with ourselves but just haven't figured it out yet. When battling the competition, you want to come out on top, if only by one more sale or maybe a few percentage points. Sometimes, someone at a higher level gives you a goal based on some median expectation set for others.  +

When Mike Abrashoff took command of a well below-average ship in the U.S. Navy, his goal was to get to average. He initially set average goals and expectations for himself and his crew until one day it struck him: his ship could be better than average.  Mike's eureka moment was realizing they weren't in competition with anyone but themselves to be their best. They had to stop putting limits on what they believed was possible. That realization changed Mike Abrashoff's approach to leadership and led the same crew to accomplish one of the most remarkable turnarounds that was chronicled in the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company magazine and his New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book, IT'S YOUR SHIP.

Many of Mike's former crew members have gone on to accomplish great things in their careers.  They write to tell him their stories.  One of Mike's sailors just ran for city council of one of the largest cities in the U.S. and he wrote Mike to say, "you gave us the inspiration and confidence to know that there are no limits."

This presentation will challenge you to think differently on how to set expectations while realizing the only limits that you have are self-imposed.  --

"IT’S YOUR SHIP – ACHIEVING BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE"
When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, morale was low, turnover was high and performance ranked at the bottom of the Pacific Fleet. Twelve months later the ship was the benchmark for performance – the shining star … using the very same crew. This inspiring talk is based on the vital leadership lessons Abrashoff learned as he led the remarkable turnaround of the ship.  +

The first lesson was Abrashoff’s realization that before the ship’s performance could improve, his own leadership style had to change from the traditional command and control model. When the crew would present a problem, Abrashoff became known for responding “What would YOU do? It’s YOUR ship!” His Leadership Roadmap principles created a high performance culture and empowered his crew to take charge and use ingenuity and initiative to improve every aspect of the way things were done. Abrashoff’s presentation leaves audiences with the tools and inspiration to lead differently and elevate organizational performance to new levels.  --

"IT’S OUR SHIP – PUTTING THE LEADERSHIP ROADMAP TO WORK"
For organizations that want to get serious about improving performance, this presentation delivers examples of the Leadership Roadmap in action. Abrashoff brings to life stories of how the principles that led the transformation of the USS Benfold have been put into action at companies and organizations looking to harness the power of their most important asset – their people.  +

He shows real leaders achieving dramatic results as they work to address their most pressing people challenges: collaboration, commitment, cohesion, accountability, engagement, rapid and continual innovation and diversity in the workforce. In example after example, the lessons from the Benfold clearly translate across all kinds of organizations – corporations, small business, non-profits and government. Abrashoff shows audiences, by example, how to use their new leadership toolkit. “It’s Our Ship” goes deep into the how-tos of creating a culture where everyone takes ownership and responsibility for taking performance to the next level.  --

Go Deeper With Half- and Full-Day Programs
Dive deep into the Leadership Roadmap with a half or full-day program. The 2-hour Take Action session most often used as a follow-on to Mike’s keynote to create a half-day program that provides attendees with powerful tools and strategies to apply in their work environment.  +

Typically facilitated by a senior strategist from Mike’s firm, Aegis Performance Group, Take Action sessions create an exciting interactive atmosphere that examines the key components of high performing leaders, teams and organizations. Full-day sessions with Aegis senior strategists provide an even deeper dive into the practical application of the Leadership Roadmap for the participants and their organizations.  Inquire for more details and program descriptions.  --

Michael Abrashoff is represented by K&M Productions. To inquire about Mike Abrashoff's speaking schedule, fees & booking Mike Abrashoff, contact us.

Testimonials

You 'hit it out of the ballpark' in regards to connecting with our doctor network. Your plain spoken, genuine and sincere persona together with your message of having people focus on what they can control vs. what they cannot, resonated.

–VP Clinical Affairs, Clear Choice Management Services

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You 'hit it out of the ballpark' in regards to connecting with our doctor network. Your plain spoken, genuine and sincere persona together with your message of having people focus on what they can control vs. what they cannot, resonated.

–VP Clinical Affairs, Clear Choice Management Services

Mike was super! He was a great storyteller, funny, and tied the message to our business throughout. It was so relevant to exactly what our org needs right now--leadership at the GM level -- and I have received nothing but rave reviews. In fact, several of our vendor suppliers and audience members from other companies have asked me for info about Mike to possibly speak for their organizations. It was awesome!

–SVP Marketing/Creative Director - Houlihans

I thought you nailed it and helped 1) land the message of “Own It”, 2) help them focus on their Leadership, and 3) Help them think about managing through change.  I am so glad that you were our speaker and I think it helped us at this critical point in time.

–EVP, Retail – Office Depot

I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the companies attending ask you to speak to some of their internal meetings as well. Many said your message was a great one for everyone, not just a specific segment of the group, and they also appreciated how approachable you were.

–Director of Administration - Electric Utility Fleet Managers Conference

I just wanted to send a note and thank you for the very inspiring and humbling presentation you shared with us yesterday. Of all of the professional speakers I have ever seen, you by far were the most inspirational.

–Intel

Everyone loved Mike. He got a standing ovation. First time I’ve seen a keynote receive one in my history with ADESA.

 

–ADESA

Our folks loved your presentation – we got lots of great feedback. Corporate people were talking about having you speak to their organizations. And the Q&A was a big hit!

–Buffini

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