Last Peer Learning Network Seminar of the Year with Michael Abrashoff

Michael Abrashoff will be the speaker for this year’s final Peer Learning Network seminar at Southern Nazarene University, taking place 8:00 to 11:30 am, Thursday, April 11 in the Royce Brown Business Building, NW 39th Expressway and Peniel. A continental breakfast will be served at 7:45 am.

A former Naval Commander, Michael Abrashoff served as Commander of the USS Benfold during his 23 years of service. He believes that leadership is a process that can be taught and learned, allowing companies to grasp the crux of true leadership.

Abrashoff speaks from his experience of learning that to be an effective commander, he would not only have to completely revamp the old culture, and he had to abandon the traditional authoritarian “command and control” model. Instead, he began by getting to know every crewmember as individuals, and learning about their own hopes and dreams.

Abrashoff’s ability to “see the ship from the eyes of the crew” became a seminal case study for Fast Company magazine. “It doesn’t cost a lot of money to help your people grow. It costs an investment in time and in the human touch, in taking an interest in your people,” Abrashoff says. “But the payback is a thousand times anything you put into it.” Companies should judge managers’ performance not just on profits, he says, but on how and why their employees leave.

Abrashoff’s workshop is a part of The Peer Learning Network that is comprised of chief executives of 10 local corporations and their management teams. The group meets four times a year to share experiences and innovative ideas with member companies.

Tickets are $40 each and may be reserved by calling 405.491.6348 or faxing 405.717.6259. For further information about this or future Peer Learning Network workshops, contact 405.491.6348, or E-mail pln@snu.edu.