Taking the Helm

Taking the Helm: When leading a team, keep four-letter words at bay

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais Communication is, by far, the No. 1 skill of successful leaders. The point of communication is the transmission and reception of information with a…

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Taking the Helm: Individual behavior is crucial to team dynamic

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais Teamwork is often front and center in the minds of leaders, because an organization succeeds or fails based on how well the team works…

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Taking the Helm: Delegating is not the easy way out

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais Delegation is one of the essential skills for successful leadership. Without the ability to delegate, it’s not possible to become a truly effective leader.…

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To grow as a leader, discover what to stop doing

We all know that leadership includes many things: communicating, building effective teams, making decisions, etc. To develop those skills, leaders will read books, attend seminars and take training courses, as…

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Pay attention to hard work, push excellence to keep your best crew

Taking the Helm: Paul Ferdais The yachting industry is full of work opportunities. If an opening presents itself on another boat, what keeps a captain’s best crew from leaving? There…

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Becoming the best crew member you can be turns you into a leader at every level

Let’s face it: everyone, except perhaps a dictator, has a boss. In a family, in work, sometimes in a relationship, and on and on. This means that the skill of…

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Talk Less, Listen More

One of the top skills for a leader to develop and cultivate is the skill of listening. So the message I have this month is to talk less and listen…

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All leaders have a style; identify yours to get better at it

By Paul Ferdais Our underlying viewpoint about work and the way we think other people think about work fundamentally influences the way we lead. If we think people are generally…

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People who take the chance to venture into yachting are already leaders

Not long ago, I was asked why crew turnover is so high in the yachting industry. Although there are many reasons why someone leaves a job, my answer is that…

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Learning to delegate is more than ordering others around

Taking the Helm by Paul Ferdais Delegation is one of the essential skills of effective leadership. However, many leaders have difficulty delegating. For whatever reason, leaders can be either unwilling…

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