Monday Morning Motivator – Charles Handy and Life’s Most Valuable Lessons

Charles Handy is a former global executive, founder of the MIT Sloan Fellows Program at the London Business School, BBC commentator and best selling business author. Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer’s Thinker’s 50, a bi-annual global ranking of business thinkers, rank Handy at #14 in 2007.

My wife Jenny and I have the amazing good fortune to know Charles and Elizabeth Handy for about the past 10 years. I recently found this picture that I took of them when Liz, a professional photographer, took our wedding picture in front of the gate to Jenny’s family farm in Norfolk, England. On this day, Charles was simply Liz’s valuable photographer’s assistant. Actually, I think he also may have made us lunch; he’s a very good cook, too!

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Charles Handy has a new book called Myself and Other More Important Matters which is a great read for anyone who is reviewing where they’ve been and where they would like to go in life. Handy is a masterful storyteller who has the ability to draw connections between his extraordinary life and those of us more average Joes.

Here’s a short video from a presentation he made at The Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University in California.


I totally agree with Handy. Life’s most important and valuable lessons are not taught or learned in the classroom. The things that make us grow and become part of us are most often built upon our successes, failures and collective life experiences. 

If you haven’t read Charles Handy, you should.

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Why sharks could use a good public relations agency

Sunday VOW’s (Videos of the Week – April 13, 2008)

Shark Attack







Incredibly Unbelievable


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Foto Friday – Fun Flying Fins

Houston ship pilot Lou Vest (aka OneEighteen) is one of my favorite Flickr photographers. Here are a couple of pictures from his Dolphins and Ships set.


“We’ll probably go to the next life and discover that we only exist to make ships so porpoises will have bow waves to ride.” 

“Porpoises must think the bulbous bow is mankind’s greatest invention.”

Check out all of OneEighteen’s amazing photos on Flickr.

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Messing About In Ships podcast episode 18

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Messing About In Ships podcast episode # 18 has launched.

(56 minutes)

Download MP3 file: Messing About In Ships Episode 18 (April 10, 2008)

Show Notes over at Messing About In Ships blog

Subscribe Via iTunes HERE

This Junk’s not Chinese

For some strange reason I really love these crazy ocean adventures. I’ve written about a few in the past. (100 Days at Sea – Mars Ocean Odyssey, Abora 3, Roz Savage) On Messing About In Ships podcast we also recently talked about the adventures of Nick from Big Oceans Tiny Boat as he sails solo across the Atlantic in his 26ft boat, Constellation.

Next month a new ocean adventure will get underway in order to raise awareness about plastic marine debris. The Algalita Marine Research Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the marine environment and its watersheds through research, education, and restoration.

“We hope to share our clear message that this mounting issue is no longer “out of sight, out of mind.”

Dr. Marcus Eriksen, the foundation’s research and education director, will embark on voyage from Los Angeles to Hawaii in a 30′ vessel constructed from 30,000 plastic bottles held together by fishing net. The vessel will be called Junk and it will sport a cabin fashioned from the fuselage of a Cessna airplane.

You can follow the expedition on their blog.( and if you are interested in supporting this worthwhile mission, you can sponsor one of the 30,000 plastic bottles for $5. (here).

We wish Junk fair winds and following seas. Godspeed.

Via Neatorama

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Sunday VOW’s (Videos of the Week – April 6, 2008)


There are literally hundreds of different types of jobs at sea and here are just a few:

Master LNG

Able Seaman

Super Yacht Chef

Weapon Engineering Submariner

If you are interested in receiving information about pursuing a maritime career, email me at pmello(at)northeastmaritime(dot)com or check out Northeast Maritime Institutes’s website.

The Tabor Boy Project Rounds the 100 Member Mark

The Tabor Boy Project logo Nearly a year ago I launched a website called The Tabor Boy Project. From the Welcome Aboard:

For over 50 years, the schooner Tabor Boy has taken young Tabor Academy students to sea under sail. This remarkable ship has played a significant role in helping Tabor Academy transform adventurous teenagers into confident young adults.

The Tabor Boy Project is a living history project and social network by and for Tabor Boy sailors and supporters. While it will help create and preserve the rich stories that make up the schooner’s history, it will also connect shipmates that have been “lost” for years.

On April 1, 2008, The Tabor Boy Project welcomed it’s 100th member, a 2007 Tabor Academy graduate. Members span 6 decades: from the 1950’s to current students. There are hundreds of wonderful photographs and sea stories that tell this amazing ship’s history.

None of this would have been possible just a few short years ago. Photos that languished in shoe boxes in the back of alumni closets have experienced a new life on the website gallery and long lost shipmates have been able to reconnect through the member pages.

Web 2.0 social media tools allow us to build communities around common causes, interests and passions. They allow us to reconnect and have meaningful conversations about things that are important to us. They also allow us to collaborate to capture history, experience and knowledge in ways previously unimaginable. The Tabor Boy Project utilizes the Ning social networking platform which is powerful, flexible, easy to use and inexpensive.

I believe that the most important part of these types of projects is setting a strategy and having a few catalysts who can help build excitement. I was lucky to enlist 2 of my shipmates, Captain Bob Glover and Jamie Hutton (pictured below) from the beginning to jump aboard and work hard to spread the word. It’s all part of that teamwork ethic that was integral to the sail training experience and which has been a major part of each one of our lives since the days we first stepped aboard the Tabor Boy.

The Tabor Boy Project is an independent project and not something created, authorized or maintained by Tabor Academy. It’s content is generated by its members all of whom lives were touched by positive experiences at the School by the Sea and the schooner. Despite this, The Tabor Boy Project has been incredibly fortunate to have received interest and support from Tabor Academy leadership. Interim Development Director Kerry Saltonstall has been a huge advocate for The Project. We really appreciate and benefit from her frequent mentions in the Tabor Alumni and Friends e-newsletter Currents. Each time it appear, there is a nice uptick in new members. Thanks Kerry!

On April 14th, The Tabor Boy Project will celebrate it’s first anniversary. If you are reading this and have any connection what so ever to the schooner Tabor Boy, please join us. The Tabor Boy Project is a website for everyone who has ever sailed or who just is interested in the great work this ship (and school) has done to transform adventurous adolescents into young adults.


Related posts:

The Tabor Boy Project – Storytelling and Living History

Flash Back – 31 Years Ago Today

The Privilege of Sailing

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Class Afloat – Adventure Education

I’m currently at the Ship Operators Cooperative Program’s (SOCP) conference on maritime education for primary and secondary schools at MITAGS and couldn’t find a more appropriate video.

I had the great fortune to spend my 4 years of high school sailing on a tall ship. If there was one educational sailing experience I could be jealous of, this would be it.

Check out the Class Afloat website for more info.

The sea can be tough and unforgiving…

Last month the tall ship Roald Amundsen experienced severe weather. Here’s a video that will give you an idea of what it was like.

Related post: Fighting the Sea and Living to Tell About It