We made it! Yeepee! Yeah, sorry for my language, but now it’s time to be happy. After all adventures at sea and on land – we still managed to deliver our cargo in and on time! Our shipping line received its money and we, the crew, thereby received our salaries and on top of that I was given a bonus for this achievement. Also, the cargo owner was so impressed by our efforts, that he gave our shipping line some new orders. And that made our CEO so happy, that he gave me an offer that I really have to consider – to take command over the line’s newest and biggest ship, together with a salary raise. I asked for some time to really think that through. The offer certainly has its ups and downs. The question is what it is most of.
Leaving our S/Y Enterprise would mean leaving a superb crew together with a great ship. It would also mean starting all over again with recruiting and training new people for an unknown and new ship. Of course, the salary raise is meant to compensate for that, but still… I am not sure! Is really more money reason enough for taking on a new ship with all its troubles in the beginning, while staying on and sailing this familiar ship for some more time would be a lot more comfortable.
A knock on the door to my cabin and I open and see my first helmsman there:
– Sorry to disturb you captain, but we just heard a little bird whispering, that you might leave us and the ship. Is that true, Sir?
– Well, come in and I’ll tell you. This is what’s happened. The shipping line was very satisfied with our efforts to land this cargo in time, so they offered me a new ship and that is a thing that I have to think about. And by the way, how did you find out?
– You know Sir, rumors travel faster than you can sail. I will not say any more on that. But this much, I can say – the crew, me included, would hate to see you leave and if you did – a new captain would take command and I don’t think he would have a chance to fill the vacuum after you. Furthermore, I believe, that at least half the crew would sign off and leave.
– Thanks, my friend. You solved this problem for me. Tell your ship mates, that their captain stays.
– Super! You know Sir, we do still have som speed records to beat. With you still on board we’ll do that fairly easy.
Now, on my own again in my cabin wondering if not career seekers can be very dangerous, as their only goal is to promote themselves. Or like Richard Branson said, “Take care of your employees and they’ll take care of your business”.
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.