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A Lost Captain

When the captain loses the confidence of his crew, in stormy seas or calm, the ship, the captain and its crew are in danger. When leaders and managers lose the confidence of their staff the consequences ripple out across the organisation. Overt and covert, loud and silent behavioural changes begin building insidious reactions and counter reactions. Seryianis takes up the not uncommon metaphor in 'A Lost Captain'.

'A Lost Captain'

I see the fleet, wavering lights in the distance. So breaks the chain of meaningful existence. The admirals’ thoughts so indecisive. Releases commands that prove divisive.

We came ready for a fierce battle. But we were set to be sacrificial cattle. Our hulls forgotten and so rotten. Our canon balls replaced with cotton.

My compass drops in the vastness of the sea. Debris and corpses as far as the eye can see. I'll keep on steering through all this mess. But I think I am lost … I must confess.

(Seryianis, 2015)


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