David Marquet

David Marquet was a top graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy who led a distinguished career in the U.S. submarine force. He commanded the nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine USS Santa Fe, stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Captain Marquet completely turned around USS Santa Fe, where the crew went from being “worst to first.” USS Santa Fe earned numerous awards for being the most improved ship in the Pacific, most combat-effective ship in the squadron, and for retention excellence.  His bold and highly effective leadership techniques emphasize process over personality and empowerment over ego.
Noted author Dr. Stephen Covey rode the USS Santa Fe and discusses one of Captain Marquet’s leadership practices in his book, The 8th Habit. The USS Santa Fe has produced a highly disproportionate number of subsequent leaders, including three major commanders, five submarine commanders and 10 submarine executive officers. Captain Marquet went on to command Submarine Squadron Three, a front-line submarine squadron in Pearl Harbor. Captain Marquet completed his Navy career running the Navy’s internal think tank, Deep Blue, where his insightful and provocative analysis is being used to transform the Navy.

You can learn more about David Marquet and his consulting firm, Practicum Inc., at www.practicuminc.com or via e-mail at david.marquet@practicuminc.com.

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