*Stew Cues

Focusing on job, giving service got this stew through darkest hours

They say strength lies in adversity. I have certainly had my share of that.  If I hadn’t been able to delve deeper into service during some major life events, I…

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Living and working in tight quarters

A topic that comes up again and again in yachting revolves around establishing standards of professionalism for crew and defining appropriate boundaries within a private service environment. We live together…

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Fresh atmosphere onboard is essential

An important aspect of getting a yacht ready for a boat show is creating an inviting atmosphere for prospective guests or future owners who come to see the vessel. One…

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Recognizing skills, time management aid resolutions

I read an article in “Self” magazine recently about New Year’s resolutions and how hard it is to maintain the momentum to create lasting change in our lives. The essence…

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Tally your totals on entitlement and gratitude

When the holiday season draws to a close and the festivities are over, many people look forward to a fresh start in the New Year. Some reflect upon the previous…

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Uniforms, more than just looking good

Crew uniforms are an important part of the distinctive image of every yacht. I think most stews would agree that purchasing, allocating and finding space onboard for crew attire can…

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Take pride in onboard career to learn seamanship skills, too

  Stews might think deck work isn’t important to their jobs, but there are valuable deck-related skills stews need to know to excel in yachting, and they become obvious the…

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Purser position is a chance to advance

Yacht stews who are passionate about their jobs are always looking for ways to learn more and progress in their careers. Unfortunately, once a career-minded stew reaches chief stew, employment…

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Embrace, don’t fear, personality tests, results

Many people believe in using self-help books, seminars, workshops and support groups of all kinds to improve their lives and alleviate personal problems, and with good reason. Interest in self-help…

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Onboard training an effective option

Onboard training is an idea whose time has come and I am delighted that it is in such high demand. I have always found that training and education designed specifically…

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