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FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK

Winning Is Not the Same
as Succeeding
By Kurt J. Nagle
President & CEO
American Association of Port Authorities

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APA's Spring Conference began this year on the night
of the NCAA men's basketball championship. For
sports fans, it was the best kind of game - two wellmatched teams playing high caliber basketball in a
close game that didn't break toward the winner until nearly the
end. North Carolina went home elated with their win.
Yet one of the winningest coaches in all of college basketball
didn't really like to focus too much on winning. Coach John
Wooden, who coached at the University of California Los Angeles
and won 10 national championships from 1964 to 1975 (a record
still unmatched in college basketball), became known at the end
of his life for his eloquence in sharing the mindset he developed
to drive his team to new heights: Winning was not the same thing
as succeeding.
In a TED Talk delivered in 2001 and viewed more than 5 million times since then, Coach Wooden says that success is "peace
of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you
made the effort to do the best of which you are capable." This
idea was the cornerstone of several books published by Coach
Wooden, as well as an award given in his name and memory to
honor the ideals of his life.
While Coach Wooden focused mostly on what it meant to
be successful on the basketball court, his definition of success
translates far beyond sports. It's a definition that lends itself well
to the port world, where increasingly stakeholders and customers
expect more from their ports than simply "winning" in the sense
of moving the most boxes or tons of cargo. Ports are expected to
bring the full extent of their resources to bear in all areas: cargo,
yes, but also capital projects, community engagement, environmental leadership, financial health and other areas.
What ports have realized is that they are capable of so much
more if they don't try to achieve their goals on their own. More
and more, ports don't even set goals completely on their own. They
seek input, feedback and, perhaps mostly importantly, partners
and allies for the work they are doing.
This issue of Seaports magazine is built around the theme
"Partnering for Success," and we've taken a broad approach to
both the idea of partnering and what success means. In some

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"What ports have realized is that
they are capable of so much more if
they don't try to achieve their goals
on their own."
instances, simply continuing the maritime operations of the port is
considered a success. In communities where waterfront property
is in high demand for real estate and commercial development,
having support for a working waterfront is success in and of itself.
In other areas, ports are expected to demonstrate growth
- customers expect new landside facilities, deeper water and
new equipment. Communities want to see more better-paying
jobs. Standing still is not an option for these ports, but making
decisions unilaterally would not be considered a success either.
Reaching agreement on a common vision for the port's future is
the first step to success and positions a port to be successful in
its efforts to change and grow.
Sometimes, the partnership that is most critical to a port's success is that between its staff and its board. As port directors retire
or pursue new opportunities, a clearly-articulated succession plan
can mean the difference between months of uncertainty or chaos
and a smooth, successful transition from one leader to another.
While the stakes are high in terms of an effective boardmanagement partnership, they are often higher in the short
term for issues such as security. A port that fails to secure its
assets - both physical assets as well as data and technology
infrastructure - cannot succeed elsewhere. When the issue is as
critical as security, partnership is often the only effective means
of achieving success.
The cornerstone of Coach Wooden's philosophy was working
to the best of one's abilities all the time. I know AAPA's member
ports are not interested in simply checking boxes but in always
finding new ways to do better, including leveraging partners and
allies. I hope this issue of Seaports provides tools and inspiration
for that journey.  ●



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Stakeholders: A Seaport’s Secret Resource
Why Ports Need Allies: Maintaining a Working Waterfront Takes a Network of Supporters
The Next Generation of Leaders — Succession Planning Provides Security, Guidance for Future
Port Security — An Exercise in Partnerships
Lessons From the Past: A Renewed Commentary on Port Security
Cyber Security: What Port Authorities Need to Know
Tomorrow’s Leaders Need More Than On-the-Job Training
Index of Advertisers
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017 - From the President’s Desk
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017 - Stakeholders: A Seaport’s Secret Resource
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017 - Why Ports Need Allies: Maintaining a Working Waterfront Takes a Network of Supporters
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017 - The Next Generation of Leaders — Succession Planning Provides Security, Guidance for Future
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017 - Port Security — An Exercise in Partnerships
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017 - Lessons From the Past: A Renewed Commentary on Port Security
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017 - Cyber Security: What Port Authorities Need to Know
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Seaports Magazine - Summer 2017 - Tomorrow’s Leaders Need More Than On-the-Job Training
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