• Turn the Ship Around!

  • A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
  • By: L. David Marquet
  • Narrated by: L. David Marquet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Turn the Ship Around!

By: L. David Marquet
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Captain David Marquet was used to giving orders. In the high-stress environment of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine, it was crucial his men did their job well. But the ship was dogged by poor morale, poor performance and the worst retention in the fleet.

One day, Marquet unknowingly gave an impossible order and his crew tried to follow it anyway. He realised he was leading in a culture of followers and they were all in danger unless they fundamentally changed the way they did things.

Marquet took matters into his own hands and pushed for leadership at every level. Before long, his crew became fully engaged and the Santa Fe skyrocketed from worst to first in the fleet.

No matter your business or position, you can apply Marquet's approach to create a workplace where everyone takes responsibility for their actions, people are healthier and happier - and everyone is a leader.

©2015 L. David Marquet (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"David Marquet is the kind of leader who comes around only once in a generation...his ideas and lessons are invaluable." (Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why)

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  • Nando
  • 12-16-21

great content, boring delivery

I like the content of the book and what it teaches, it's great, but I struggled to pay attention. partially cause army stories bore me to tears and partially cause its not a very engaging narrative. worth reading, especially if you can find a digested version

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  • Mark Lynch
  • 08-14-22

Simply Excellent

The book was easy to follow and provided lots of excellent leadership tools, delivered in Nice bite sized chunks. I will definitely be taking the three word rule into my workplace!

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  • J Kennedy
  • 06-29-22

A must read!

Excellent! A well paced and interesting leadership journey - inspiring. The narrative was easy to follow and the timing if voice is engaging.

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  • Mrs. S. J. Boni
  • 04-28-22

Must read/ listen

A must listen/ read for anyone in a leadership role or looking to improve an organisation

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  • Matthew Williams
  • 04-19-22

Content fine, narration is a difficult listen.

How long could you listen to Jo Biden for ? Book was recommended. Narration is hard work.

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  • Lauri Greenbaum
  • 10-20-21

Awesome book about anti micromanagement

Awesome book about anti micromanagement and creating leaders all around. especially needed in bigger corporationd with loads of byroucracy.

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  • M. Lech
  • 09-29-21

Rich insights into a modern leadership philosophy

After having gone through Gene Fluckey's Thunder Below i came up next with this great material. As i am inside an IT department with hundreds of crucial systems being run i've discovered the similarity to the complex system a nuclear submarine stands for. I am keen to implement the principles of leader-leader into my organization.

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  • Daniel Thornburn
  • 09-27-21

Clear, simple and inspiring

Having listened to David Marquet at a leadership seminar, and having researched some of the ideas of Leader-Leader, I chose to listen to the book. I’m very happy I did. Very clear, easy to understand and full of ideas to really help empower and then enfranchise a team. Highly recommended.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-24-22

Good book about leadership.

It is a very good story that opens your eyes. Everyone who is in a leadership position should read this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-22

50% leadership manual, 50% context

A very good leadership manual.

L. David Marquet's narration made it easy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-22

it's good but you should already know this

good context and valuable lessons. It does drag on and the story is somewhat uninteresting.
For any managers and people in leadership positions you'd probably get the same information tailored to your business if you went and spoke to the most disagreeable members of your staff and asked for honest feedback. Save yourself the time and speak to a sigma male in your organisation before reading this book

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  • Tony
  • 09-11-22

great combination of story and teachings

I've recommended this book to my team and will refer back to this many times I'm sure. the combination of story, trouble, learning, and explanation is incredibly valuable. Thank you Mr Marquet!

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  • Andrew Sittler
  • 07-22-22

fantastic book. listened to it in two settings.

I was given this book as a recommendation. It is the quintessential leadership book in my opinion. I couldn't stop listening to the insights provided. I intend to apply the learning at home and the workplace.

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  • Dan
  • 03-23-22

good read for leadership

good read with helpful hints on a different style of leadership techniques. took a while to finish though

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  • D V.
  • 10-24-21

Excellent.

A great example of inclusive leadership and positive culture change.
Many actionable steps that translate surprisingly well to all industries.
Narration was perfect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-21

Powerful!

A concisely written
and interesting manual for effective leadership. Leadership books don't have to be millions of pages and Turn the Ship around achieves exactly that.