Opening Keynote: It's Your Ship

A session at Pink Elephant's 15th Annual International IT Management Conference & Exhibition

  • Captain Michael Abrashoff

Monday 21st February, 2011

8:30am to 10:00am (PST)

Captain Michael Abrashoff – conference favourite is back!

Listen to how Captain Abrashoff turned one of the worst ships in the navy into an award winning crew!

Other than the sobering fact that real lives are regularly at stake, running a navy ship is a lot like running a business; leaders of both must get the most out of their crews to operate at peak efficiency and complete the tasks at hand.

As commander of the highly acclaimed USS Benfold, Captain D. Michael Abrashoff irrefutably demonstrated how progressive management can succeed at sea; in his best-selling books It's Your Ship, followed by It’s Our Ship, he translates his methods into an approach that can also be applied by land-bound captains of commerce and industry. Describing "the ideas and techniques that I used to win my sailors' trust and, eventually, their enthusiastic commitment to our joint goal of making our ship the best in the fleet," Captain Abrashoff cites embarrassing failures along with subsequent triumphs to illuminate the keys to his accomplished 20-month tenure aboard the guided missile destroyer.

Captain Abrashoff’s suggests to: lead by example; listen aggressively; communicate purpose and meaning; create a climate of trust; look for results, not salutes; take calculated risks; go beyond standard procedure; build up your people; generate unity; and improve your people's quality of life. While hardly original on the surface, Captain Abrashoff's real-life course of action provides practical direction and inspiration for any leader hoping for similarly positive results in today’s very challenging times.

Captain Abrashoff will present two sessions! For the opening keynote, he will discuss his very powerful and inspirational story as described above about his leadership journey aboard the USS Benfold. In the second session on Tuesday morning, he will start his keynote by profiling his top 5 best practices for leading teams in the business world based upon his consultant’s case book. Then, he will be joined on stage by two senior IT leaders for a “Phil Donahue” style Q&A.

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Time 8:30am10:00am PST

Date Mon 21st February 2011

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