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Dealing with boat B.S.
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Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010 9:40 PM
Joined: 02/11/2009
Posts: 79

Over the years I’ve learnt longevity is only achievable when you focus on what you are doing, make positive contributions to the team, and steer clear of crew wrangles, whilst also recognizing people (crew) for what they are. There is always going to be a sycophant, an odd duck, a lazy fool, a sarcastic boss and an eccentric yacht owner to contend with when you work in this business. Crew politics creates melodrama, which manifests itself as unnecessary anxiety and learning how to keep your mouth shut when it counts will pay dividends, if things get loopy. People drive people crazy and whenever there is more than one person in a room the chance for disagreement increases by %100. Miscommunication, presumption, and the manipulation of information are direct outcomes of crew shenanigans. When crew are busy during the season pent up tension and paranoid thoughts prompt normal people to behave abnormally and when crew are partying or letting loose crew will often say and do incredibly cruel things to each other. Sarcasm, practical jokes and other crew mess sports are very often perceived as very negative when pundits’ (hapless victims) are outside our cultural network, unknowingly crew push each other emotional thresholds each and every time we say and do the wrong thing to each other. It’s very much like petting a cat the wrong way and achieving a negative response. There is no good gossip or harmless jokes onboard a yacht, each and every time you say something about someone you are contributing to crew politics, like mamma used to say "if you have nothing good to say, say nothing". The best reaction to something negative is no action. The best way to deal with a micromanager or manipulator is bring them closer and learn how they tick. The best way to keep your job is to do it well. As they say, "do unto others as you’d have them do unto you".
Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 9:21 PM
Thats fantastic. Very very wise words. If you don't mind I'm going to copy it and pin it up on the crew notice board.