Graded Assertiveness: Captain, I Have a Concern…

By Rich Madden - Last year, I was inbound to a port-that-will-remain-nameless, with the local pilot at the conn.  As we maneuvered up a winding channel, the channel curved to port, yet the pilot ordered starboard rudder as we approached the next turn.  Our 3rd officer, who had been onboard for over two months already and well-drilled in bridge resource management … [Read more...]

Leadership On The High Seas, A Book Review

A search for leadership books on Amazon yields over 100,000 results and there is no shortage of Naval Leadership books (including a few excellent ones) but the commercial maritime domain is strikingly different from the navy and few books look at leadership from the perspective of merchant ship officers.  Captain Parani discovered this problem when he took … [Read more...]

Bridging the Gap Between Leadership and Management

  By Jaquelyn Burton (Coeval, Inc.) Master. Captain. Skipper. Whatever your preferred term; they are loved and feared for their leadership and management skills, or sometimes a lack thereof. Vessels have for centuries been small enclaves of dictatorial managers - from the age of exploration until after WWII. Ships had been crewed without thought of … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Command Triad Fired

In a rare move, US Fleet Forces Command announced the firing of the entire command leadership of the guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG-96).  The ship is currently on deployment to the 6th Fleet area of operations and the firings occurred while at sea.  The Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Curtis Calloway; Executive Officer, Cmdr. Ed Handley; and Command Master Chief … [Read more...]

9 Ways to Get Along With Your Boss

Work always seems more energized after the summer. So it is a great time to establish a terrific relationship with your boss. Your boss wants to have a good relationship and in fact, every boss wants a strategic “number two” on their staff. Here are ways to both improve your relationship and make the most of it. These are also good guidelines if you are starting a new … [Read more...]