Taking the Helm

Taking the Helm: Good leaders are not afraid to be disagreeable

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais As people out in the world living our lives, we’re generally nice and pleasant. We want to be liked instead of disliked. Being liked usually…

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Taking the Helm: Causes of high crew turnover found at the top

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais It’s no secret that one of the better ways to tell if leadership is considered good in an organization is to critically examine how…

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Taking the Helm: Unrealistic expectations raise doubts about HELM training

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais It’s been a few years now since a leadership and management course has been required of watchkeepers, mates, captains and chief engineers, and I’ve…

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Taking the Helm: Positional power, personality not what leadership is built on

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais Leaders who use fear or some form of implied threat toward their crew members will receive an altogether different quality of work and commitment…

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Taking the Helm: Confront harassment with honesty, courage

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais With recent news reports on harassment from famous, powerful people, the main question I hear is: “How can this behavior still happen in 2017?” The…

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Taking the Helm: A good leader learns to curb the sarcasm

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais As a leadership coach, one of the main things I work on with my clients is to have them stop doing things that annoy,…

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Taking the Helm: Leader’s ‘invisible influence’ powerful

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais I’m currently working with John, a bosun on a commercial vessel, and he’s been shocked to realize just how much impact he has with…

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Taking the Helm: Feedback is ‘tough love’ from the crew

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais I was speaking with a captain recently who participated in a 360-degree leadership feedback assessment from his crew. If you’re not familiar with this…

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Taking the Helm: What does it take to be a good follower?

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais Over the years I’ve written a lot about leadership, but rarely do I cover what it takes to be a follower – much less,…

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Hold yourself accountable and others will follow

Leaders are under a microscope, whether they realize it or not. Indeed, many followers will not necessarily realize that they pay as much attention as they do to their leader’s…

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