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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241373662
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241373668
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 425 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
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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.

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This book is amazing! The writing style, content and tools enclosed are insightful and will go along way in every situation and stage of my life. It’s brought peace of mind and understanding that the impact of how I lead at work can be improved through the language I use. I can’t recommend this book enough, you won’t regret the purchase. I wish I’d found it earlier!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changed the way i speak as a coach and a person
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3.0 out of 5 stars A solid follow-up book but dragged in the middle
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