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Paul Ferdais

Paul Ferdais is founder and owner of The Marine Leadership Group based in Ft. Lauderdale and Vancouver delivering leadership training workshops and coaching (www.marineleadershipgroup.com). He has a master’s degree in leadership and spent seven years working as a deckhand, mate and first officer on yachts.

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Taking the Helm: Communication breakdown leaves charter crew to flounder

Taking the Helm: by Capt. Paul Ferdais I was on a charter recently when there were a couple of issues that developed between the guests, the chief stew and the …

Taking the Helm: One-on-one more effective than ‘training’ programs

Taking the Helm: by Capt. Paul Ferdais This might sound odd, but as I see it, the training programs that have sprung up in the leadership/management/personal …

Taking the Helm: People don’t leave jobs; people leave people

Taking the Helm: by Capt. Paul Ferdais When the “I’m leaving” conversation happens with the captain, there always seems to be some extenuating …

Taking the Helm: Roman centurions could teach modern leaders a thing or two

Taking the Helm: by Capt. Paul Ferdais Over 2,000 years ago, Roman army soldiers considered it the highest honor to attain the rank of centurion. As an officer …

Taking the Helm: Manage your own emotional reaction before managing others’

Taking the Helm: by Capt. Paul Ferdais  I was recently working with two day-workers who were putting bottom paint on the hull. One of the day-workers was …

Taking the Helm: No one likes to work for a know-it-all

Taking the Helm: by Capt. Paul Ferdais Sometimes it pays not to speak up. When those in charge find that everyone comes to them for every simple decision, it …

Taking the Helm: Practice the attributes of leaders who turn heads

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais We all love the type of leader who can walk into a room and have all heads turn to see what he or she does next. All of …

Taking the Helm: Better leadership relies on forging better habits

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais Leadership and behavior are the same thing. To change our leadership, we need to change our behavior. This critical point …

Taking the Helm: Mid-level leaders must balance needs of those above and below

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais While a bosun, second stew or second engineer all have leadership roles, they’re also considered middle managers. They have …

Taking the Helm: Crew face uncertain dynamics in wake of #MeToo movement

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais The essence of the workplace on a boat is no different than that found on land, beyond the fact that the view out the window …

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M/Y Anodyne refit at a standstill at Derecktor

M/Y Anodyne refit at a standstill at Derecktor

By Lucy Chabot Reed Work on M/Y Anodyne -- a massive refit of a small-ish yacht designed to make it bigger -- was halted on Aug. 13. …

Medieval sites, modern marinas lure yachts to Split

Medieval sites, modern marinas lure yachts to Split

Story and photos by Alison Gardner After four visits to the Croatian Adriatic coast in 10 years, I am convinced that it is a yachting …

Diver assesses Bahamas reefs after hurricane

Diver assesses Bahamas reefs after hurricane

Story and photos by Kevin Davidson Some time has passed and our memories of Hurricane Dorian are perhaps fading away a bit. The scenes …

Triton networks with Culinary Convenience

Triton networks with Culinary Convenience

More than 250 yacht captains, crew and industry professionals gathered for our first Triton Networking of 2020 at Culinary Convenience, a …

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