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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: 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 …

Taking the Helm: Leadership crumbles without daily effort

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais The idea that leadership is a one-time grandiose act instead of a repeated daily behavior is often the reason leaders fail and …

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