Battle Ready: Cultivating Culture Through Trust, Teamwork, Purpose, and Ownership

2021 Talent Conference & Expo
Attendees will learn to make organizational culture their primary focus for employee engagement, retention and performance to skyrocket.

Battle Ready is a modern-day Cinderella story that details how a Navy P-8 squadron went from terrible to top-notch in one year. Skipper Davis' account of the transformation is amazingly authentic, showcasing that success is attainable amidst numerous leadership failures and strong employee resistance. Leaders will get a firsthand experience of what was effective in changing the culture at VP-47, and they will learn from the mistakes Skipper Davis made along the way. The Sailors at VP-47 took command of their destiny, and their collective efforts ranked VP-47 as  No. 1 in morale, leadership and  communications. This incredible reversal seems unbelievable. How did the Sailors at VP-47 manage to make such a dramatic change? Cultivating culture through building trust, encouraging teamwork, communicating purpose and handing over ownership were all essential elements of VP-47's rise to the top.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn why organizational culture's impact on employee and sales performance is profound and is completely within the control of the leader.
  • Understand that establishing trust is ultimately the leader's responsibility and will require the leader to get uncomfortable during intentional efforts to show care.
  • Learn how to encourage teamwork by creating opportunities for your employees to come together, policies to keep them together, and incentives to encourage them to work together.
  • Find out how to link your employees' purpose to our unknown desire to serve others.
  • Discover how to leverage the power of ownership by communicating what success looks like and letting your employees chart the course.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Thomas Ryan Davis

Thomas Ryan

Skipper T. Ryan Davis is a 20+ year Retired Naval Officer with 4,000 hours of flight time encompassing multiple deployments in support of combat operations around the globe.  His most recent assignment was as the Commanding Officer for Patrol Squadron 47, a P-8 squadron responsible for executing the nation’s maritime strategy.  During that tour of duty, Commander Davis led his team of 300 Sailors through organizational culture change resulting in the highest morale on record across all VP squadrons, being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award, and earning the Battle “E” award for efficiency.  CDR Davis has proven himself a passionate leader who cares about people. 

Ryan is the Founder of Take Flight Leadership, an organization helping individuals and organizations achieve their goals.  He is the author of Take Flight: Cultivating Culture Through Trust, Teamwork, Purpose, & Ownership.  Ryan certified as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional, a Resilience-Building Leader Program Trainer, and as a BCSP Associate Safety Professional to better help him serve the teams he works with.

Room: Forum 204
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Leadership & Navigation
Relationship Management
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