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Commanding Business

The challenge with growth is that the habits that got you here become the limitations that prevent you from getting there. Growth not only requires us to learn new habits. It requires that we unlearn old ones. I’m Tim Hamilton, CEO of Praxent and host of the Commanding Business podcast. Each week, I interview authors, experts and real world leaders about how they grew their teams, their organizations and ultimately themselves. From leadership to management and marketing to innovation, we’ll cover a variety of topics with an aim to uncover actionable takeaways you can implement in your own organization today.
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Jun 28, 2016

After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy at the top of his class, David Marquet was asked to become the Captain of a nuclear-powered attack submarine. One year later, Captain Marquet was given an opportunity to lead a different submarine, one which had the worst performance record in the fleet. It was on that ship Captain Marquet realized the leader-follower environment was inadequate for his organization to perform at a top level. He shares his story with us today and takes us through the journey which is documented in his book, Turn the Ship Around, a book USA Today has named one of the Top 10 Business Books of all time.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:30] Captain Marquet describes his leadership experience on the worst performing submarine in the Navy, at the time.

[7:24] How did eliminating the task and report policy help to turn the ship around?

[14:14] What are the rituals, habits and protocols of all organizations?

[18:03] What is wrong with being told to “Be Empowered”?

[22:20] Defining businesses in a two-dimensional space and why your team should function diagonally.

[28:50] Ask your people “What is the timeframe you want to win over?”

[34:21] Giving up control in very small steps and evaluating the outcome is the first step to implementing Captain Marquet’s practices.

[39:38] Give people permission to give you feedback about your performance.

 

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Captain David Marquet

Turn the Ship Around

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