Mental Health Security for Employees

Right now, like many employees out there, we are working from home. While it may seem like being at home is about the safest spot possible, that’s not necessarily true. We sat down with our friend and PRS consultant, Dr. Michael Corcoran. He is a behavioral psychologist and has many years of experience in dealing with volatile situations.

In our series, “Strong, Safe & True”, we are looking to arm companies and leaders with the knowledge of how to identify a potential problem and what to do about it.  It has never been more important as we are all facing new realities and environments forced on us by Covid-19.… Read More

Connecting the Dots in the World Around You

Acumen Capacity Index™ Series: Systems Judgment

Today we continue our discussion on Acumen Capacity in the protection industry series. In this article, we will focus on the third of six dimensions “Systems Judgement”.

Systems Judgment is the development of the capacity to recognize systems and order in the world. This might include activities such as thinking and planning, concepts and idea development, authoritative order (laws, policies, rules, and procedures), and understanding big picture & long-term objectives.

The capacity to understand how the world around you fits together along with the cause and effect is not universal. Some individuals with high clarity can quickly and easily see patterns, understand the why behind actions, and make better decisions.… Read More

Does the Way We Think Really Matter?

Does the Way We Think Really Matter?

Acumen Capacity Index™ Series

Today we continue our discussion on Acumen Capacity in the protection industry series. In this article, we will focus on the second of six dimensions “Practical Thinking”.

According to a study by the U.S. Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences “Practical thinking is based on natural ways of thinking such as considering multiple perspectives, adapting thinking to situations, looking for hidden assumptions, and following guidelines for reasoning”. (Fallesen, Michel, Lussier, & Pounds, 1996). It is the capacity for common sense in decision making and problem-solving to achieve goals.… Read More

We Cannot Forget the Importance of Operational Security

Being able to share information instantly with just a push of a button, the click on the keyboard, or in casual conversation, it’s easy to forget the importance of maintaining operational security for an EP assignment. Often, critical data is transmitted and shared throughout the assignment. Sometimes seemingly innocent factors such as particular Internet connections and casual conversation can be a hindrance and even potentially, a direct threat.

The five steps of operational security include determining the scope of critical information, developing threats, identifying weaknesses, calculating risks and ultimately implementing countermeasures. As professionals, when we address each of these areas there are multiple opportunities to make a mistake and reveal something that could be detrimental to the integrity of the assignment.… Read More

The CEO, Denial, and Executive Protection: What are the Benefits?

 The CEO, Denial, and Executive Protection

Nature’s Gift

In terms of survival, nature gave us a great gift: our intuition or “gut instinct”. We all can relate to having that innate feeling that something was not quite right. Whether it was the hair on the back of our neck standing on end or that funny feeling in the pit of our stomach, we felt that danger was close-by. Our instinct and senses told us so. People who find themselves in this situation know they only have four options at their disposal depending on the circumstances – freeze (to do nothing), run, hide, or fight.… Read More

The Law of Magnetism as applied to Executive Protection

 

According to leadership expert John Maxwell, the Law of Magnetism is one of 21 irrefutable laws of leadership.  At its core, this law states that who you are is who you attract.  If one is to believe in a set of values they will attract talent who also believes in the same set of values.  In the security profession, we pride ourselves on being discrete with our employer’s & client’s information, honest in our communication, and innovative in our thought-process towards our approach to problems. These are all terrific traits; but how do we know before hiring someone to our team that they will meet the job benchmarks and fit into the team environment & corporate culture created?… Read More

Security Transformation & The Competitive Advantage – What Phase is Your Enterprise In?

 

Often times in in our consulting practice we hear from our clients and prospective clients that they are missing a policy or procedure, gates or guns, cameras or access control components that they desire to have in place.  This may all be very well appropriate perhaps for the organization, however, what often times occurs is a disconnect with the enterprise security risk management plan.  All organizations regardless of their size need to have a plan in place.  Some will be required to be more robust than others.  Some don’t have one & know they need one and, although rare, some don’t realize a need for one at all, whether it be out of ignorance or negligence.… Read More