There are clearly more areas on any ship to write about and discuss.
There is the bow of the ship: Most recently (compared to Maritime History) made its way into the mainstream consciousness by Leonardo DiCaprio in his role in the blockbuster film “Titanic”.
There’s the Crow’s Nest: Where just about every cruise ship has their late night lounge located. Up close to the stars in the night sky and a great place to view the sunrise.
Of course there is the engine room: The area many people ignore and yet is the most interesting. Not to mention that if you’re not on a sail boat this is a critical part of the ship you’re on.
Well the discussion here is similarly an area of the ship rarely discussed – the keel of the ship.
Think of the keel of a ship as the spine. It runs along the centerline of the ship and from its position at the bottom the rest of the ship is built up.
A term you may have heard or read about is keelhauling.
As defined by Wikipedia:
Keelhauling is a form of punishment and potential execution once meted out to sailors at sea. The sailor was tied to a line looped beneath the vessel, thrown overboard on one side of the ship, and dragged under the ship’s keel, either from one side of the ship to the other, or the length of the ship.
This form of punishment was most likely a death sentence. It was a punishment to clearly send a message to all mariners that orders and rules were to be followed, or else…
The rules aboard oceangoing ships have evolved over the years.
However, technically, once at sea and in International waters the ship’s Captain is in charge.
The question for you is how do you keep or does the business you are in keep order, rules and respect alive each and every day?
Are these what your customers and clients expect from your organization?
Do all of the employees comply and agree with these?
How much does the environment your business is located in impact what is setup in terms of behavior, rules, and respect?
What would it take to make a change or an adjustment to any one or all of these rules? Or order? Or respect?
These are questions every person must consider in their business and in their life.
It must be discussed to get to the bottom of this.
What does the business stand for?
What is the business built upon?
Mitch Tublin is the CEO and Founder of Wenkroy International LLC a boutique consulting company with a main focus on adding value to people. Through Speaking, Training and Coaching we change lives. Our passion is to take people to the next level in their life and in their career or business.