The Dog That Didn’t Bark

“Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them” – Oliver Wendell Holmes. Officers A and Z joined our ship and during their sign-on meeting both promised to deliver the best they could during their tenure. Their tenure completed fast and in the end, for officer A the day neverContinue reading “The Dog That Didn’t Bark”

From a Pawn to a Queen

Few years back after joining a ship I found my first mate was not delivering what was expected out of him. Back then, I was of the opinion that if you are sitting next to an emergency exit you are required to perform certain duties and if you can’t deliver what is required then thanContinue reading “From a Pawn to a Queen”

“HEY!!! It’s not my fault…..”

Incident 1: Exxon Valdez oil disaster. 24th March, 1989, supertanker Exxon Valdez after getting struck in a reef spilled million litres of crude oil into the pristine waters of Alaska. Let’s hear the blame game from each end. Exxon blamed:Capt. Joseph Hazelwood for the incident – 10 hours after the incident his blood alcohol registeredContinue reading ““HEY!!! It’s not my fault…..””

To Errrrrrrrr Is To Human

Few days back our ship called Haifa port in Israel and as per Israeli regulations, prior entering 100 nautical miles from their coast line, a mandatory reporting to Israeli Navy was required. As our ship is on a regular call to Israeli ports and having done the reporting before – I knew what was requiredContinue reading “To Errrrrrrrr Is To Human”

Regression to the Mean

Few weeks back with the assistance of a marine pilot when our vessel was berthing a port, twice our vessel passed close to a buoy first and then to the break water. If you would have been in my place and after two close encounters what feedback you would have given to the marine pilotContinue reading “Regression to the Mean”

Learn, Unlearn & Relearn – The Monkey Way of Peeling a Banana.

Few days back in our ship’s gym when I was busy with my shoulder press exercise, one of my crew approached me and showed his interest in joining my daily routine. Happy to see a newbie I asked him to do a warm up session first and then as it was a shoulder day forContinue reading “Learn, Unlearn & Relearn – The Monkey Way of Peeling a Banana.”

Layoff Or Payoff???

In his memoir ‘White House Years’, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger discussed the Sham Option Technique where the President Richard Nixon was given three options with two options being illusory and only one plausible choice: “Here was the standard bureaucratic device of leaving the decision maker with only one real option, which for easyContinue reading “Layoff Or Payoff???”

In Search of Incompetence – Profit before Trust.

As we enter the month of June – 2020, where millions of people across the world are struggling with their fight against Corona Virus, I came across a mail in which the management of a shipping company decided to recognise their employee efforts by offering them a one-time bonus of 10 dollars. Even a TurkeyContinue reading “In Search of Incompetence – Profit before Trust.”

Decisions and Faith

Once one Hodja was boasting about the power of his faith. “If your faith is so strong, then pray for that mountain to come to you,” said a skeptic, pointing to a mountain in the distance. The Hodja prayed fervently, but the mountain did not move. He prayed more, but the mountain remained unmoved. Finally,Continue reading “Decisions and Faith”

Policies and Checklists

Solomon, the king of Israel offered his prayer to God, “God, I want you to make me famous. I want to spread the fame of my name through every land, I want you to give me power. I want you to make me famous. I want you to give me influence.” And then he added,Continue reading “Policies and Checklists”