Taking the Helm

Can you be friends with your boss on a yacht?

I’ve been asked a number of times if a supervisor can really be friends with their co-workers while at the same time being the boss. Some say it’s not a…

Read More

Recognition a benefit for yacht crew

Did you see that? Take this leadership lesson from Paul Ferdais, Triton leadership columnist and coach. With crew’s focus on keeping the boat looking its best during the boat show,…

Read More

Leadership takes courage; courage takes practice like any other skill

People have been searching for the perfect mixture of leadership characteristics for thousands of years. Unfortunately, for every list of characteristics that gets created, another list can hold contradictory information.…

Read More

Promotions don’t automatically endow leadership skills

As leaders move up through the ranks, their role becomes less about their specific technical skills and more about how well they’re able to grow their people and get them…

Read More

Humility is not weakness

At one of the boat show parties last month I ran into Dave, a deckhand I worked with a few years ago. It was good to see him, but I…

Read More

Leader’s actions tell the crew what is acceptable

When an accident takes place, somewhere along the way someone has made a bad decision or has shown poor judgment. Let’s look at how leaders influence the judgments made by…

Read More

Slight shift in words can make all the difference in communicating

Are you being aggressive when you think you’re being assertive? Assertiveness is often confused with aggressiveness. Can you tell the difference? Telling someone how a system operates on your boat…

Read More

Don’t fear being assertive just don’t be aggressive

I recently have had discussions about how bridge crew can respectfully point out when a captain or chiefofficer may have made a mistake in their actions. Bold, I know, but…

Read More

Importance of teamwork onboard

To better understand team dynamics onboard a luxury yacht — and how to build a better team — let’s look at how most teams on boats are put together. The…

Read More

Trust eases workload and relationships

Trust is the foundation for everything we do with other people. Trust is critical on many levels: personal, organizational and societal, but it’s often taken for granted. When was the…

Read More