Leading change and producing results is challenging in the Federal Government.  The controls necessary to manage the largest employer in the United States also creates bureaucracies that can be barriers to getting things done.  This was the exact environment that Mike Abrashoff experienced when he took command of USS Benfold and using GrassRoots Leadership he was able to produce outstanding results.


By establishing a system that Mike called GrassRoots Leadership, he turned Benfold into the best performing ship in the entire fleet.  By replacing the Navy’s traditional command-and-control model with the new focus on commitment and cohesion, USS Benfold began achieving success beyond his own expectations as well as those of his commanders.  And, all of this in only the 21 months he was in command.


GrassRoots Leadership is a set of principles that empower every individual to share the responsibility of achieving excellence. 


GrassRoots Leadership has selected Enlightened Leadership Solutions as a partner because of their proven track record in creating results in both the public and private sector.  The strategies and tools behind USS Benfold’s successes can be replicated and are brought to life in this workshop based on Mike’s best selling book, It’s Your Ship.


Through discussion and interaction, participants will develop new insights and expand their knowledge in order to better apply what they gain through this workshop to real-life situations they encounter.


  • Learn and apply GrassRoots Principles and tools to real life situations
  • Explore the power of focus related performance improvement
  • Demonstrate the power of asking the right questions
  • Learn how to gain buy-in without resistance




Course Length  :     2.5 days

Dates                   :     March 31, April 1 and April 2, 2009

Time                     :     Tue./ Wed., 8am – 4:00pm

                                    Thur., 8am-12:00pm

Location             :     Leonardtown Campus, C Building, Room 201

Cost                     :     $945.00* per participant

            *For group rate of 4 or more, ($895) per participant,

            Call 301-934-7593 for registration information






GrassRoots Leadership Workshop


Doug Krug is co-founder of Enlightened Leadership Solutions and co-author of Enlightened Leadership: Getting to the Heart of Change. In its 30th printing, the book is used as a textbook in numerous colleges and universities, as well as corporate and government leadership development and change management programs. 


Doug teaches as part of the Public Safety MBA Program at John Hopkins University, OPM’s Western and Eastern Management Development Centers, Labor Department’s SES Candidate Development Program, Veteran’s Affairs’ Health Care Leadership Institute and has worked with the Special Agents in Charge at the FBI Academy.


Doug’s greatest strength is working with top executive teams in both the public and private sector.  Doug provides inspiration and information, providing clients with tools that are immediately applicable in every walk of life.