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Captain Abrashoff wrote this book after a two-year stint as captain on U.S. Navy destroyer "Benfold", describing his leadership journey, and his own ideas how to command a ship and a 310-head-crew in the rigid framework of the U.S. Navy.
The whole book is drenched in managerial powertalk, and beams a slightly naive, narrow-viewed image of leading people.
But if you scratch away the U.S.-Navy-varnish, the book has virtues.
Abrashoff bullseyes almost every page, with the rules of thumb for the captain's job. And regardless if he's commanding a warship, or a merchant ship, a lot of things are common.
"Commanding a navy ship is a lot like running a business. Leaders are expected to lead by example to ensure critical tasks are completed on time, manage, and not waste resources."
"The most important thing a captain can do is to see the ship from the eyes of the crew."