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May 2017 – BUYER BEWARE

Leadership Courses Aren’t All the Same It seems that society has become quite enamored with the idea of leadership in recent years. The last time I did a Google search of the term “leadership” I came up with about 700 million results, which included books, blogs, videos, lectures, college programs and other websites.  We’re so […]


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March 2017 – LEADERSHIP AND HUMANITY

A common misconception about leadership is that followers will simply do what they’re told, no matter what. I’m guilty of this myself. I don’t know why, but when I became a first officer for the first time, I thought I had all the answers. The position went to my head. I simply expected my deck […]


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February 2017 – EVERYONE CAN BENEFIT FROM A COACH

Leadership workshop participants often ask me what the most important thing is for them to learn. My answer is always the same – pay attention to how you behave with others.  It’s not always about learning something new, but rather to change or stop something in our behavior that may impact others negatively. For leaders who […]


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January 2017 – LEADERSHIP TAKES PRACTICE

This may sound odd coming from someone who coaches leaders, but leadership isn’t something that can be taught in a classroom. Learning leadership isn’t like learning to read a chart or to make the boss a perfect cup of coffee. Leadership is practice. It happens in the heat of the moment with people, not in the […]


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December 2016 – FOSTER ACCOUNTABILITY ON YOUR TEAM

As the calendar winds to an end, many career-minded crew may look back to see how successful they’ve been regarding their goals for the year and the actual outcomes. I always look back to see how accountable I have been. How much ownership did I take for my actions — both good and bad — […]


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November 2016 – PERSONALITY VS. CHARACTER

I recently re-read the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, which I highly recommend. I was reminded of the difference between relying on character to be a leader and relying on personality and techniques. The long history of leadership teaches us that genuine leaders rely on deeply held principles to […]


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October 2016 – DO YOU HAVE LOYALTY?

As yacht crew build a career, it’s common for them to jump from job to job. I did it myself en-route to becoming a first officer. I admit I didn’t give much thought to it at the time. What I recognize now is that I rarely felt loyalty toward the owners, captains or crews I worked […]


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September 2016 – ARE YOU A GOOD LISTENER?

Leadership and communication go hand in hand. If a leader isn’t a good communicator, they shouldn’t expect outstanding results. To be considered an effective communicator, leaders need to make sure they’re clearly understood by other people. There are several tricks of the trade of good communicators to make sure their message is clear and understood, […]


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August 2016 – DO YOU SAY WHAT YOU MEAN?

A number of years ago the airline industry came to the realization that a majority of the accidents they experienced were caused not because of mechanical failure, but rather communication failure between people in the cockpit. As you can imagine, clear and open communication is critical in the cockpit. The same is true of the […]


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July 2016 – THE ART OF GIVING FEEDBACK

Critical feedback is crucial for your crew to know how well they’re doing and where they can improve. Leaders often face the common challenge of how to best give feedback. Should you ignore issues and address them at a 3, 6 or 12-month review? Or should you micromanage in order to make sure no one […]


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June 2016 – DRIVE AND MOTIVATION

Getting 110% from your crew all the time rests on more than the monthly salary, charter tip or annual bonus. Move beyond money and watch your people give their best all the time. Motivation in our work is dependent on the meaning we have for the things we do. If the work has no meaning for […]


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May 2016 – SETTING CLEAR EXPECTATIONS

People work to the expectations of their leader. Ask yourself, does your crew clearly know what’s expected of them? When leaders encounter a situation where a crew member hasn’t lived up to their leaders expectations, the leader must look at how they contributed to the crew’s lack of success. Was the leader clear in his […]


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April 2016 – INFLUENCE

Sometimes leaders rely on their title or position to get people to do what needs to be done. But a title alone does not create a leader. How, then, do you develop influence to create a team? The answer is that it hinges on the quality of the relationships a leader has with his or […]


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March 2016 – LEADERS AS FRIENDS

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 good idea in general or that supervisors should keep work and personal life completely separate. These are valid points since, first and foremost, a major […]


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February 2016 – COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP

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.  The inconsistent nature of what others consider leadership qualities makes it hard to know where to start to become a better leader. Fortunately, one characteristic […]


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January 2016 – LEADER AS MENTOR & COACH

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 to work together as a team to produce results. It’s kind of a paradox, really. A deckhand gets promoted because of the skills he’s acquired, […]


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December 2015 – ACCOUNTABILITY

With the hectic pace of the work we must do every day, how do we hold ourselves and our team members accountable for the many tasks we need to accomplish? Being accountable means taking responsibility for our actions and the outcomes. There are many components to accountability, but let’s focus on the two main ones, […]


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November 2015 – MOTIVATION

Most people think motivation comes from a paycheque. In reality money can help get people motivated, but motivation from money is fleeting. People are motivated by many things, one of which is to find meaning in your job.  How much meaning you place on what you do directly influences your motivation for your tasks and […]


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October 2015 – A LEADERS ACTIONS TELLS EVERYONE WHAT’S 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 their people as well as discuss how leaders can help their crew make better decisions moving forward. What exactly is judgment? Webster’s dictionary defines it […]


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September 2015 – HUMILITY

Last month I ran into Dave, a deckhand I worked with a few years ago. It was good to see him, but I was reminded of the times when I was a terrible leader for him. When we worked together, I walked around the boat as if I were somehow superior to him, rather than […]


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August 2015 – LEADERSHIP LANGUAGE MATTERS

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 is different than having a conversation with someone. For example, when a new deckhand joins your boat, explaining how the system works for ordering new […]


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July 2015 – ASSERTIVE VS AGGRESSIVE COMMUNICATION

I recently have had discussions about how bridge crew can respectfully point out when a captain or chief officer may have made a mistake in their actions. Bold, I know, but it made me realize there is a general misunderstanding about assertiveness. Assertiveness is often confused with speaking up or speaking out, but really it’s […]


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June 2015 – LEADERSHIP VS MANAGAMENT

It is very common to hear the terms management and leadership used synonymously. Let’s crush that myth right now: leadership and management is not the same thing. Both are critical to your success as a leader, so an understanding of each term is essential. Leadership is the ability to influence people to successfully achieve results […]


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May 2015 – THE IMPORTANCE OF TEAMWORK

Importance of Teamwork To better understand team dynamics on-board a luxury yacht — and how to build a better team — let’s look at how most teams on boats are put together. The larger the crew, the more likely the team is broken down into departments (deck, interior, engineering, etc.). Unfortunately, segregating crew members into […]


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April 2015 – DON’T MOTIVATE YOUR CREW, RESPECT THEM

 There seems to be a lot of talk now-a-days about motivating crew to get the most out of them. Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion about what exactly motivation is and how a leader can create it. The general consensus is that if a leader offers a reward or prize to encourage a particular […]


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