Turn the Ship Around!

A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

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"Leadership should mean giving control rather than taking control and creating leaders rather than forging followers." David Marquet, an experienced Navy officer, was used to giving orders. As newly appointed captain of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, he was responsible for more than a hundred sailors, deep in the sea. In this high-stress environment, where there is no margin for error, it was crucial his men did their job and did it well.

But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance, and the worst retention in the fleet. Marquet acted like any other captain...


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Simon Sinek AuthorSo many leadership books are either theoretical (written by people who study it but don’t do it) or by people who look back and try to explain how they did it. Though both valuable, most leadership books are also very hard to implement as prescribed. That’s what makes Marquet’s book is so remarkable. A submarine commander, he used to obey traditional models of leadership … until they failed him. Unable to change any variables (people, technology or equipment), the only thing left for him to change in order to achieve success was how he acted as a leader. Based on real life events, Marquet... (Source)

Jason Fried Co-Founder/BasecampTurn the Ship Around is my favorite business book. A wonderful look at what leadership is really about. I recommend it highly. (Source)

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David Heinemeier Hansson A wonderful book about a naval [Admiral] that was running one of the worst performing U.S. nuclear submarines and turned it around to be the best performing U.S. submarine by infusing his staff with basically saying they’re not waiting for a command, they’re saying what they intend to do. (Source)

Lynn Perkins I gained so many tips about teaching leadership at all levels of an organization. It's a great book for when you're going through growth, and when you have young employees with a ton of potential but lacking in experience. (Source)

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