L. David Marquet
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About L. David Marquet
Wall Street Journal bestselling author L. David Marquet imagines a work place where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work–a place where everyone is a leader.
A 1981 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Captain Marquet served in the U.S. submarine force for 28 years. After being assigned to command the nuclear powered submarine USS Santa Fe, then ranked last in retention and operational standing, he realized the traditional leadership approach of “take control, give orders,” wouldn’t work. He “turned the ship around” by treating the crew as leaders, not followers, and giving control, not taking control. This approach took the Santa Fe from “worst to first,” achieving the highest retention and operational standings in the navy.
After David’s departure from the ship, the Santa Fe continued to win awards and promoted a disproportionate number of officers and enlisted men to positions of increased responsibility, including ten subsequent submarine captains. Further, having been on the ship, Stephen R. Covey said it was the most empowering organization he’d ever seen and wrote about Captain Marquet’s leadership practices in his book, The 8th Habit.
Captain Marquet is the author of Leadership is Language, Turn the Ship Around! and companion workbook,The Turn the Ship Around Workbook. Fortune magazine called the book the “best how-to manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training, and driving flawless execution.”
Captain Marquet retired from the Navy in 2009, and delivers the powerful Intent-Based Leadership message: that leadership is not for the select few at the top. In highly effective organizations, there are leaders at every level. David speaks to those who want to create empowering work environments that release the passion, initiative, and intellect of each person. His bold and highly effective framework is summarized as “give control, create leaders.”
He lives in Florida, is an enthusiastic novice trail runner, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Website - www.davidmarquet.com
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Marquet acted like any other captain until, one day, he unknowingly gave an impossible order, and his crew tried to follow it anyway. When he asked why the order wasn't challenged, the answer was "Because you told me to." Marquet realized he was leading in a culture of followers, and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things. That's when Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level.
Turn the Ship Around! is the true story of how the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet by challenging the U.S. Navy's traditional leader-follower approach. Struggling against his own instincts to take control, he instead achieved the vastly more powerful model of giving control. Before long, each member of Marquet's crew became a leader and assumed responsibility for everything he did, from clerical tasks to crucial combat decisions. The crew became fully engaged, contributing their full intellectual capacity every day, and the Santa Fe started winning awards and promoting a highly disproportionate number of officers to submarine command.
No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet's radical guidelines to turn your own ship around. The payoff: a workplace where everyone around you is taking responsibility for their actions, where people are healthier and happier, where everyone is a leader.
Wall Street Journal Bestseller
From the acclaimed author of Turn the Ship Around!, former US Navy Captain David Marquet, comes a radical new playbook for empowering your team to make better decisions and take greater ownership.
You might imagine that an effective leader is someone who makes quick, intelligent decisions, gives inspiring speeches, and issues clear orders to their team so they can execute a plan to achieve your organization's goals. Unfortunately, David Marquet argues, that's an outdated model of leadership that just doesn't work anymore.
As a leader in today's networked, information-dense business climate, you don't have full visibility into your organization or the ground reality of your operating environment. In order to harness the eyes, ears, and minds of your people, you need to foster a climate of collaborative experimentation that encourages people to speak up when they notice problems and work together to identify and test solutions.
Too many leaders fall in love with the sound of their own voice, and wind up dictating plans and digging in their heels when problems begin to emerge. Even when you want to be a more collaborative leader, you can undermine your own efforts by defaulting to command-and-control language we've inherited from the industrial era.
It's time to ditch the industrial age playbook of leadership. In Leadership is Language, you'll learn how choosing your words can dramatically improve decision-making and execution on your team. Marquet outlines six plays for all leaders, anchored in how you use language:
• Control the clock, don't obey the clock: Pre-plan decision points and give your people the tools they need to hit pause on a plan of action if they notice something wrong.
• Collaborate, don't coerce: As the leader, you should be the last one to offer your opinion. Rather than locking your team into binary responses ("Is this a good plan?"), allow them to answer on a scale ("How confident are you about this plan?")
• Commit, don't comply: Rather than expect your team to comply with specific directions, explain your overall goals, and get their commitment to achieving it one piece at a time.
• Complete, not continue: If every day feels like a repetition of the last, you're doing something wrong. Articulate concrete plans with a start and end date to align your team.
• Improve, don't prove: Ask your people to improve on plans and processes, rather than prove that they can meet fixed goals or deadlines. You'll face fewer cut corners and better long-term results.
• Connect, don't conform: Flatten hierarchies in your organization and connect with your people to encourage them to contribute to decision-making.
In his last book, Turn the Ship Around!, Marquet told the incredible story of abandoning command-and-control leadership on his submarine and empowering his crew to turn the worst performing submarine to the best performer in the fleet. Now, with Leadership is Language he gives businesspeople the tools they need to achieve such transformational leadership in their organizations.
Leading with Purpose gives you the blueprint to make this happen. It steps you through the creation of a simple, but powerful "one-page" plan and then shows you how to use it to develop an engaged and empowered team that collectively drives success, solves problems, and manages change.
The book’s one-page plan coordinates with the Leading with Purpose online platform (www.leadwithpurpose.com) to which all readers get a free trial.
Una historia real que demuestra que el liderazgo debería implicar delegar el control más que controlar, y crear líderes en lugar de seguidores.
«El mejor manual práctico sobre cómo delegar, formar y conseguir procesos sin errores.»
David Marquet, oficial de la Navy con una gran experiencia, estaba acostumbrado a dar órdenes. Cuando accedió al cargo de capitán del submarino nuclear USS Santa Fe, tenía bajo su mando a más de cien marines en las profundidades del mar. Marquet seguía el modelo tradicional de liderar el barco, hasta que un día, involuntariamente, dio una orden imposible y, pese a ello, su tripulación intentó cumplirla. Marquet descubrió entonces que estaba rodeado de seguidores, y que todos estarían en peligro hasta que no se produjera un cambio radical.
¡Cambia el barco de rumbo! es la historia real de cómo el Santa Fe, tras cuestionarse el tradicional modelo líder-seguidor de la Navy, pasó de ser el barco peor valorado de toda la flota a convertirse en el mejor de todos. Su tripulación empezó a sentirse plenamente comprometida y a desarrollar todo su potencial.
Independientemente del lugar que ocupe en su empresa, usted también podrá aplicar el modelo de Marquet para cambiar radicalmente el rumbo de su barco. Su recompensa: una organización en la cual las personas asumen plenamente sus responsabilidades, y donde son, en definitiva, más felices.
«No conozco un modelo mejor de liderazgo que el del capitán Marquet. En las páginas de este libro, tú también encontrarás un modelo para tus retos.»
Stephen R. Covey, autor de Los 7 hábitos de la gente altamente efectiva
«Lea ¡Cambia el barco de rumbo! y aprenderá a generar personas resistentes y comprometidas, deseosas de ponerse manos a la obra.»
Almirante Thomas B. Fargo, U.S. Navy retirado, excomandante de la flota del Pacífico y presidente de Huntington Ingalls Industries
«Esta es la historia del capitán David Marquet y de su aventura sin precedentes en uno de los ambientes más rígidos, a bordo del Santa Fe, un submarino nuclear de la Marina de los Estados Unidos. Tuvo el coraje de reformular su definición de liderazgo y obtuvo unos resultados revolucionarios; en cuestión de meses la tripulación pasó de ser la peor valorada a ser la mejor considerada.»
Charlie Kim, fundador y CEO de Next Jump, Inc.
«Este libro es un feliz cruce entre La caza del octubre rojo y la Harvard Bussiness School.»
Joe Debono, fundador y presidente de MBA Corps y gestor de patrimonios en Merrill Lynch