Michael Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern-day stories of organizational transformation. Abrashoff took command of the worst-performing navy ship and crew in the Pacific Fleet, plagued with low morale, high turnover, and abysmal performance evaluations, and — within just one year — made it the best in the fleet using the same crew. The lesson was clear — leadership matters and culture is everything. In his riveting talks, Abrashoff provides a leadership roadmap to help audiences achieve the same results and success with their own “crews.”
A popular keynote speaker for audiences looking to ramp up organizational performance, Abrashoff has spoken to every industry and kind of audience — from board retreats to front line personnel; from sales groups to universities; from Fortune 500s to startups. He inspires audiences to rethink their beliefs about leadership and organizational culture, and tailors the message to focus on engagement, execution, change, safety, diversity, leadership, teamwork, innovation, accountability, and more.
Prior to commanding USS Benfold, Abrashoff served as the military assistant to Secretary of Defense William J. Perry. He also helped draft the air defense plan for naval forces in the Persian Gulf in 1990, coinciding with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait; 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. He is currently the founder of Aegis Performance Group, a consulting firm which works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent, and performance challenges within their organizations.
Abrashoff is the author of It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from The Best Damn Navy in The Country, which has sold more than one million copies and is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He has also written the follow-up books, It’s Our Ship and Get Your Ship Together.