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Damn the Torpedoes!

Applying the Navy’s Leadership Principles to Business

Awareness of the leadership traits exhibited by Admiral Farragut in his famous order: “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” can make any manager afloat or ashore more successful. Alec Fraser’s experience as a Navy captain and the president of a division of Turner Broadcasting has taught him that leadership ashore can be modeled after centuries of leadership at sea. In Damn the Torpedoes! Fraser utilizes his own experiences in the U.S. Navy and the corporate world to illustrate this concept.

Fraser possesses the sort of leadership skills that are crucial in the business world. His strong ability to lead garnered him great respect from his colleagues and earned my confidence. Damn the Torpedoes! is a unique and insightful book on leadership.
Ted TurnerCNN Founder and Chairman, Turner Enterprises

A former ship captain and Turner Broadcasting executive shows how four leadership principles in the midst of a raging sea battle are much the same as the leadership principles in a competitive business environment.  If you want to know what it takes to be a successful leader, have a successful career, or make a business highly successful, read this book.

Roger StaubachExecutive Chairman, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas
This book of leadership lessons is authentic, timely, cleanly written, and deeply relevant to the business community today, something missing from so many books in this genre.
Admiral James StavridisUSN (Ret), former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO

Learn more about Damn the Torpedoes!

Providing a fresh and unconventional perspective, Captain Fraser gives personal and historic examples about the leadership traits of ship captains and suggests how leaders in any organization may adapt them to make their careers and businesses successful.

Captain Fraser, building 21st century Leadership

Alec combines his two highly unique careers in the military and in business to provide organization leaders in 21st century useful leadership and management techniques that captains at sea have used for centuries. The demanding business environment today has become much like that captains have always faced at sea.

While Captain of the USS Cape St. George, the ship won the Navy’s Arizona Memorial Trophy for the most combat ready ship in the entire US Navy surface fleet. He speaks and conducts seminars on the techniques he and the crew used to earn that distinction…the same techniques that proved successful ashore at Turner Broadcasting. He is the author of an upcoming book entitled: “Damn the Torpedoes!” – Business Decision Making Techniques from Sea Captains.

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