“Well, here I am again on my own as usual, trying to figure out what to write about this passed day in the log-book. I start with the normal: Wind, speed, crew, supplies, remaining time to harbor and cargo condition. They are all ok.
So, instead I concentrate on another thing, that perhaps should be added in the log-book – the interview I gave the other day. It was a business reporter, who wanted to hear my views on management and responsibility. Furthermore, he brought a recording machine, claiming that my advices deserve to be heard by many others. Quite flattering actually!
He also asked me to write down a few words about how it is to be the “big boss!”. And so, I will:
Being the “big boss” is a never-ending responsibility, no matter how far away you are, the responsibility is always with you, day and night, on vacation or on duty – it never leaves your shoulders. It is unfortunately not like a politician’s or a meteorologist’ life, where one gets away with almost anything.
No, it is a very lonely job, as the responsibility can’t be shared, every success is mine as well as every mistake. Then the question occurs about how to handle that loneliness. Well, it’s a matter of character – either you have it, or you don’t. If you have it – lucky you and your staff. If you don’t have it – tragic for you as well as for your staff.
You might have passed all management schools in the world, knowing all techniques, but they can’t hide your own personality in the long run, especially not on board a ship, as you are on board and seen all the time, while a CEO in a company can leave in the afternoon to have dinner at home.
If you unfortunately would happen to be a lousy “big boss” you’d be terribly isolated, as the crew wouldn’t trust you and that lack of trust is the one and only most destructive power. The crew will seek comfort between themselves, while you, on your own, would be even more isolated and thereby useless.
While on the other hand – the opposite – if you would be a trusted “big boss”- respect will grow even further, together with working efforts and joy at work.
What captain Nemo just taught us was, that with a lousy CEO or captain, even the easiest goals will be hard to reach as well as the opposite – with a super “big boss” – almost anything is possible!
PS: In two days, we’ll reach our first harbor and the crew will have their first time off. They do really deserve it, but it worries me a little, as they just got their first salaries and the harbor is known for its temptations.
Peter Forsberg Agera Sales
Dedicated his full life to business in Sweden as well as in the US, Germany and Switzerland. Also a number assignments all over the world. Experiences; salesman, sales leader, marketing director, vice president and CEO.