Sometimes firing a crew member doesn’t have to be complicated, which is what Captain Kerry Titheradge demonstrated when he fired deckhand Kyle Dickard on adventure below deck.
Stew Oriana Schneps reflected on how Dickard was fired from the ship after some insults and awkward moments with the crew. Titheradge was firm, but fair with Dickard, giving you the chance to quitinstead of firing him after admitted his denounced actions.
Those actions included surprising Kasie Faddah with a kiss. Dickard then told his bunkmate, Nathan Morley, that he would punch his “pretty face” when Morley asked him to flush after using it. Morley went directly to Titheradge, who took care of the situation immediately.
The firing of Kyle Dickard in ‘Below Deck Adventure’ was not typical
Schneps, who has been a main stew in the past, said he’s witnessed a large number of crew layoffs. But he said the way Titheradge handled Dickard’s firing was an example of utter professionalism.
“Being a stew boss, I’m usually in a lot of meetings where you let people go, right?” she told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “I see a lot of different captains approach that differently. And I definitely take those kinds of little things from that information from them.”
He has witnessed other captains take a more aggressive approach. And he pointed out, “I probably shouldn’t go that route, and so on,” he said. “And I loved the way (Titheradge) did that.”
Captain Kerry made a difficult situation easier, recalls Oriana
“I thought I could be firm with Kyle but not make things really awkward if they did see each other again,” he said. “I know sometimes when he’s so abrasive and gets so hot, emotions take precedence and it doesn’t create a positive outcome for anybody. So he really kept his cool and collected and really did like the action that put him in that situation.”
Titheradge did not hesitate to call Dickard to the bridge. Morley only asked Titheradge if he could change berths. But Titheradge said he draws the line at any threat of violence against another crew member.
But instead of firing Dickard, Titheradge gave Dickard a chance to clarify what he told Morley. When Dickard did not lie and recounted the same conversation that Morley transmitted, Titheradge gave Dickard the opportunity to resign, so that he could move to another ship without his record reflecting that he had been fired.
What was it like working for Captain Kerry on ‘Adventure Below Deck’?
Schneps said that working for Titheradge was a positive experience. “Kerry is amazing,” she said. “You know, I see it quite often here in Florida, too. We keep in touch and he is an amazing captain and a really strong leader. Really fair.
“And that’s something I really like about Kerry, we do have a friendship,” she continued. “But at the same time, it’s very clear, like, OK, now this is the professional line that if you need to get scolded because you did something wrong or need to negative feedback, constructive feedback, whatever it is, he is able to deliver that information. He delivers it patiently and in such a genuine way. I really respect his leadership style.”
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