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Taking the Helm

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 …

Taking the Helm: Leaders born in the course of leading

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais Leadership is often discussed in terms of what the “heroic” leader does, what we should aspire to achieve as leaders, or …

Taking the Helm: Effective leadership methods must match skill level of crew

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais Over the past few weeks I’ve asked various crew members what they want to know about leadership. For many, it involved …

Taking the Helm: Team-building task illustrates the obstructive role of habit

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais I’ve been working with an executive team and recently had them try a team challenge. The challenge was to build a …

Taking the Helm: Changing bad habits hardest part of progress

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais A deckhand I work with would like to be a captain one day. He has all the sea time necessary for the license and has taken …

Taking the Helm: Treating co-workers like children results in childish resentment

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais Here’s a wild idea: How about leaders and people in positions of authority treat employees and co-workers like adults …

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Crew Compass: Working for liveaboards a seismic shift from charter life

Crew Compass: Working for liveaboards a seismic shift from charter life

Crew Compass: by Lauren Loudon People always ask me what it’s like to work on yachts? You must have some good stories, they say. …

Port state CIC inspections this fall to focus on emergency systems

Port state CIC inspections this fall to focus on emergency systems

The Paris and Tokyo MoUs on port state control will conduct a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on vessel emergency systems and …

Yacht Moatize hits dock in Cairns

Yacht Moatize hits dock in Cairns

By Dorie Cox Capts. Brian and Sue Mitchell looked up from their dinner at a marina restaurant in Cairns in Queensland, Australia, to …

Deeper water to allow for larger yachts at Fort Lauderdale marina

Deeper water to allow for larger yachts at Fort Lauderdale marina

Photos and story by Dorie Cox Scoop by scoop, an excavator on a floating barge dug from the Intracoastal Waterway bed at Sunrise Harbor …

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