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October 27, 2009

The Bloomberg Leadership Series: Michael Abrashoff

The Bloomberg School of Public Health
Feinstone Hall
615 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
12.00 - 2.00 p.m.

When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, the ship’s performance ranked at rock-bottom. Worse, the crew didn’t feel safe should they be called into action.

Determined to improve performance, but without the power to hire, fire or promote personnel, Abrashoff focused on what he could change: the ship’s culture.

He broke from the traditional command-and-control leadership style and sought to see the ship from the eyes of his crew, creating a guiding set of principles he calls Grassroots Leadership. When crew members asked Abrashoff to solve a problem, his response became, “It’s your ship, what would you do?” The result was an empowered and engaged team that turned the ship into the Navy’s top performer.

People at every level in business relate to Abrashoff’s dilemma: being held accountable for results without having the ability to make the rules. His results-oriented approach bestows a sense of ownership and creates accountable teams that adapt, innovate and accomplish more with less.

Publications from Fast Company to the Harvard Business Review have heralded this remarkable story, and Abrashoff’s first book, It's Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy, is a best seller with nearly one million copies in print. 

Directions

From I-95 North

Take I-95 North to Exit 53 (I-395 North) into downtown Baltimore.
Turn right at Pratt Street (by the Baltimore Convention Center).
Stay on Pratt for 1.4 miles to South Broadway.
Turn left onto South Broadway.
Turn left from North Broadway onto Monument Street.
Turn left from Monument Street onto Washington Street.
Enter the parking garage on the right.

From I-95 South

Take I-95 south toward Baltimore to Exit 57 (Boston Street and O’Donnell Street).
Proceed on Boston Street approximately two miles and turn left onto Fleet Street.
Follow Fleet Street to South Broadway.
Turn right on South Broadway.
Turn left from North Broadway onto Monument Street.
Turn left from Monument Street onto Washington Street.
Enter the parking garage on the right.

Contact

Philippa Moore

Associate Director of Alumni Relations
Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street
Balitmore, MD 21205

E Mail: pmoore@jhsph.edu
Phone: (410) 614-5019
Fax: (410) 614-2405

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