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Applying KAIZEN in shipping: Changing business through an endless process of improvement

It is often said that big results derive from small changes, a principle applying to both personal and corporate life. Today, Kaizen, describing the ability of constant improvement through every-day changes, is recognized worldwide as an important pillar of an organization’s long-term competitive strategy. How can Kaizen model help shipping improve its status quo of everyday operations?

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Building Resilience: Focus on Personal Self-Care

Personal self-care includes activities that are part of the self exploration journey that aims to find our personal identity and enjoy every moment in our lives. If we don’t know ourselves, we cannot practice self-care; it is easy to focus on external things instead of going deep within ourselves. As such, taking the time to learn ourselves, can change how we perceive ourselves and the world around us.

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OCIMF Principles on Human Factor: It matters how leaders respond when things go wrong and take the opportunity to learn

The last guiding OCIMF principle on human factor highlights the role of leadership in challenging situations. The worst thing leaders can do is to minimize their mistake, ignore it or try to blame it on others. It is always important leaders to take responsibility for their errors; if they don’t admit fault when they should, this can have a negative effect on team morale.

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Cyber security and the human factor: Driving behavioral change

The human factor is typically seen as the “weakest link” in cyber security risk, an approach suggesting that cyber threats can be mitigated by focusing on the behavior of end-users rather than the way information systems are designed. But in which ways can people be influenced into “behaving more cyber secure” and what is the role of leadership in establishing a cyber culture in shipping?

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