Daily Archives: April 13, 2009

Management Lessons from the Somalia Pirate Incident

The unbelievable events surrounding the pirate attack on the US cargo ship Maersk Alabama off the coast of Somalia should provide inspiration and hope to bosses and employees nationwide. 

Capt. Richard Phillips risked his life by offering himself as a hostage to the armed pirates in order to safeguard and secure the release of his employees, one of whom called Phillips a hero and said that “The whole crew misses him…we owe the captain our lives.”

If this kind of selfless sacrifice and camraderie can flourish in such a difficult and stressful workplace, where coworkers live and work together on a ship 24 hours a day, then then more bosses across the country should make it a priority to cultivate similar work environments based on trust, respect, teamwork, and loyalty.


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