The Paradox of Caring But Not Caring
Discover the paradox of “caring but not caring" from David Marquet, author of Turn the Ship Around.
This past week I was reminded of my first encounter with David Marquet's stunning leadership book, Turning the Ship Around, by a social media post celebrating its 10th year in publication.
I was shocked when I first read the book in 2012. As a former nuclear submarine sailor myself, I was intimately familiar with an impenetrable command and control culture that permeates the entire US Navy. The idea that a submarine captain would dare challenge that culture was unthinkable to me.
But that's exactly what David Marquet did — and with stunning results. After hearing about Captain Marquet's story, Stephen Covey visited the USS Santa Fe to see for himself.
I've always been intrigued by the audacity of David Marquet to undertake the changes he made to completely change the culture of the submarine in stark contrast to the command and control culture of the entire US Navy.
When I revisited my highlights from my initial reading of Turn the Ship Around in 2012, I found a clue:
Clearly, this caring attitude is something we'd all like to see more of and is clearly needed almost everywhere today.
If you haven't read David's book, I'd encourage you to pick up a copy today. Read the interview I did with David in 2012 for 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success shortly after the book was published here.
I also interviewed David for Forward Thinking Workplaces. The full interview is published in The Future of the Workplace. A preview is available here.
To your forward-thinking life & great success!