Former Navy Commander | Bestselling Author
Captain Michael 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.