Takeaways from “It Is Your Ship”

Chris Cumpton

In our TAB Board Meeting, several of us listed the important messages from the book,“It Is Your Ship,” written by Michael Abrashoff:

  1. Listen aggressively;
  2. Never fail the Washington Post test (if what you did appeared in the Post, would you be proud of it?);
  3. Communicate meaning and purpose (clearly and often);
  4. Take command;
  5. Lead by example;
  6. Create a climate of trust;
  7. Look for results, not salutes (allow your team to speak up);
  8. Take calculated risks;
  9. Go beyond standard procedures (be innovative);
  10. Build up your people;
  11. Generate unity; and
  12. Improve your people’s quality of life.