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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 knowing what to do with crew members at different times in the working relationship. In other words, situational leadership. In a nutshell, situational leadership describes how to modify…

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 free-standing structure as tall as possible using only a few pieces of dried spaghetti noodles, tape, string and a marshmallow in a set amount of time. A few…

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 most of the classes, yet he knows he isn’t ready for the role. Why? Controlling behavior. He’s been told about it by others,…

FLIBS18: USCG, CBP works with yachting

By Dorie Cox Seven officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said they follow current rules and laws, but continue to work with captains of large yachts to solve some of yachting’s unique scenarios. About 70 captains and industry business people attended the government speaker panel and lunch…

Taking the Helm: Reputation can make or break a leader’s influence

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais Influence, not position or title, is the foundation for leadership, and leaders build their influence through behavior. As you might guess, acting with integrity, competence and respect towards others tends to develop positive influence, while being a jerk, authoritarian or controlling tends to develop negative influence. Influence, either positive…

Taking the Helm: Gender roles onboard changing at glacial pace

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais In the news recently there have been calls to have more women in positions of leadership in all industries, which by definition includes the yachting industry. On the surface this seems to make sense, since women make up 50 percent  of the population. What I’ve come to realize, though,…

Taking the Helm: New leaders must remember that change takes time

Taking the Helm: by Paul Ferdais New leaders often come into their job with energy and ideas, eager to somehow make their mark. While this is laudable, it can bring troubles as well – and possibly a quick escort to the door if they try to force change on a team or demand obedience from…

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 means we avoid conflict and everyone is happy with us. In leadership situations, however, we don’t have the luxury of being Mr. Nice Guy all…

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 than a leader who behaves with compassion and generosity. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. What’s surprising is that in 2017 some leaders still rely…

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 short answer is that it continues because it works for the bully or harasser – and they know they can get away with it, usually…

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Captain builds tender for users’ comfort

Captain builds tender for users’ comfort

Story and photos by Tom Serio He’s a big guy, with a big voice, and with big miles under his keel. Now he has big goals. Capt. …

Owner’s View: Effort in captain-owner interview pays off

Owner’s View: Effort in captain-owner interview pays off

Owner’s View: by Melvyn Miller As is the case with owners of yachts, I have found it difficult to describe an average captain of a …

Ocean plastic removal program gets grant

Ocean plastic removal program gets grant

Photos by Lockhart Maclean Fort Lauderdale-based Mission Resolve Foundation has gifted Ocean Voyages Institute $25,000 as a challenge …

MarineMax acquires NJ

MarineMax acquires NJ

Clearwater, Florida-based MarineMax has acquired Fort Lauderdale-based brokerage firm Northrop & Johnson, a 71-year-old company that …

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