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David Marquet

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4.8 out of 5

Leadership Expert, Former Submarine Commander & Author of "Turn the Ship Around!"

David Marquet

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4.8 out of 5

Leadership Expert, Former Submarine Commander & Author of "Turn the Ship Around!"

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David Marquet Biography

Student of leadership and organizational design, former nuclear submarine Commander, and named one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers by Inc. Magazine, David Marquet is the Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller: "Turn the Ship Around!", and "The Turn the Ship Around Workbook." Marquet’s latest book, "Leadership is Language," was released February 4th, 2020. This book provides insights on how choosing your words can dramatically improve decision-making and execution skills for teams.

Marquet imagines a work place where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work–a place where everyone is a leader.

A 1981 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Marquet served in the U.S. submarine force for 28 years. After being assigned to command the nuclear powered submarine USS Santa Fe–then ranked last in retention and operational standing–he realized the traditional leadership approach of “take control, give orders,” wouldn’t work. He “turned the ship around” by treating the crew as leaders, not followers, and giving control, not taking control. This approach took the Santa Fe from “worst to first,” achieving the highest retention and operational standings in the navy.

After Marquet’s departure, the Santa Fe continued to win awards and promoted a disproportionate number of officers and enlisted men to leadership positions, including ten subsequent submarine captains. Stephen R. Covey said it was the most empowering organization he’d ever seen and wrote about Marquet’s leadership practices in his book, "The 8th Habit."

Marquet is the author of "Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders." Fortune magazine named it the #1 must-read business book of the year, and USA Today listed it as one of the top 12 business books of all time. He is also the author of "The Turn the Ship Around Workbook," which is a companion workbook for implementing Intent-Based Leadership.

Marquet’s book, "Leadership is Language," is a re-engineering of the language we use at work and a new playbook for leaders. “It’s time to ditch the Industrial Age playbook of leadership.” This book provides insights on how choosing your words can dramatically improve decision-making and execution skills for teams.

Marquet retired from the Navy in 2009, and now speaks to audiences around the globe who want to create empowering work environments that release the passion, initiative, and intellect of each person. This bold and highly effective framework is summarized as “give control, create leaders.”

He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 2015 was named to the American Management Association’s “Leaders to Watch” list.

David Marquet Speaking Topics

  • Marquet

    A Masterclass with David is an intimate conversation where he goes into greater depth on the application of the tools and language of Intent-Based Leadership based on the WSJ Bestseller Leadership is Language. For in person events this includes three consecutive 75-minute sessions featuring high levels of interaction and detailed examinations of examples across industries and specific examples within your own organization. In the online event we will do these conversations 3 weeks apart to allow for practice and reflection. The Masterclass provides a unique environment in which your teams can learn with one of the world’s most acclaimed leadership experts where instead of a transactional, one sided event you will have a transformational experience that can create real cultural change.

  • The New Playbook for Leaders

    Why do we organize the way we do? Why do we run meetings the way we do? Why do we use the words we use when communicating and asking questions? Turns out, most of us are using language, meeting formats and organizational design inherited from the industrial age where the leaders were the thinkers and the workers were the doers.

    In today’s work environment, we want every team member to be a thinker and a doer. This makes industrial age language obsolete. Instead of running industrial age plays better, we need to cast them aside for a new playbook.

    Based on the WSJ Bestseller Leadership is Language, David Marquet explores the origins of our language at work, how it was shaped by the industrial age and the language we want to use in its place. The pattern that is revealed are the 6 “plays” that leaders run that will optimally balance the rhythm between thinking and doing.

    Leaders will be equipped to build environments where people think deeply and broadly and work is disciplined and focused. The structure results in adaptive, agile, and enduring organizations in volatile and uncertain times.

    This is something your organization needs to hear, now more than ever.

David Marquet Videos

  • TURN EVERYONE INTO A LEADER | L. David Marquet
  • David Marquet: Leadership is Language | Future of Work Podcast
    My guest on this week's episode of The Future of Work Podcast is David Marquet, best-selling author and former commanding officer of the USS Santa Fe...
  • David Marquet: Turn the Ship Around | Talks at Google
    David Marquet (MAR-KAY) was assigned to command the nuclear powered submarine USS Santa Fe, then ranked last in retention and operational standing....

David Marquet Books

  • Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say--and What You Don't
    Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say--and What You Don't
  • The Turn The Ship Around! Workbook: Implement Intent-Based Leadership In Your Organization
    The Turn The Ship Around! Workbook: Implement Intent-Based Leadership In Your Organization
  • Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
    Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders

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David Marquet is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Marquet, The New Playbook for Leaders and. The estimated speaking fee range to book David Marquet for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. David Marquet generally travels from Tampa, FL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Eric Boles, Mike Abrashoff, Carey Lohrenz, Erica Dhawan and Col. Nicole Malachowski, USAF (Ret.). Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Marquet for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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