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Whether on a sailboat, in the workplace, or throughout life, I’ve learned there’s one critical mental health skill everyone must learn to encourage smooth sailing. We must understand what factors around us are in our control and which are out of our control. You have no time to debate whether something is in your control […]

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Fear can drive you to do disastrous things you’ll later regret. When we’re confronted with a challenge, our brain’s fight or flight response kicks in – our fear instinct. We react irrationally without thinking through the full range of possibilities and consequences. On the open water, fear-based thinking is dangerous because it leads to fear-driven […]

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Resilience (noun): /rəˈzilyəns/ The capacity to quickly recover from difficulties; toughness. (Oxford Languages) In psychology, resilience refers to our ability to cope with mentally or emotionally challenging situations and swiftly return to our pre-crisis mental equilibrium. Resiliency is an acquired skill – it’s not something anyone is born with. I would even argue that those […]

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A few weeks ago, I was enjoying a weekend sail on Lake Michigan. Waves of about seven feet tall crashed against the boat while the winds blew furiously and pulled us around. I enjoy these rare conditions. While treacherous, I’m an experienced sailing instructor and licensed Coast Guard Captain who loves a fresh challenge. My […]

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Respect: Everyone demands it but only the smartest leaders do what it takes to earn it. Respect in the workplace starts at the top. If leadership doesn’t foster a culture of respect and dignity, why should team members feel compelled to reciprocate? If you’re suffering from a complacent team and shriveling productivity, maybe it’s time […]

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