Be a Conscious Change Agent

Everyday we all have the choice to pick the same old path, or to step forth on a new path, probably alone, that actually can make a difference. The world is made by Change Agents. That’s because we are all actually Change Agents. And this is precisely because we all cause changes in the world by how we show up, by how we present ourselves, by how … Continue reading Be a Conscious Change Agent

Stand in a Morally Good Stance

Stoicism tells us that a meaningful life isn’t made of wealth or fame, but of a morally good stance toward others. A morally good stance toward others is a life-ethic with which a person, a family, an agency, a department, an organization, a nation, a world, can be transformed into one in which, as the Stoics put it, the entire human cosmopolis (i.e., all of … Continue reading Stand in a Morally Good Stance

Active Shooter Response: Some How To’s & Considerations of Run-Hide-Fight

Please see the valuable article here by John Weinstein the Lieutenant/Commander, Strategic Planning and Outreach at the Northern Virginia Community College. Thank you to Raymond Hitchcox, Security Manager at CHI Memorial Hospital, for sharing the article on LinkedIn. See here my additional points, reflections, and considerations in response to this article. This is a valuable article in how it addresses the Run-Hide-Fight methodology, but also … Continue reading Active Shooter Response: Some How To’s & Considerations of Run-Hide-Fight

Ethical Intervention & Bystander Mobilization for Protection Professionals

Here I share an article, with some minor changes, that I initially published on LinkedIn. See this important video of a Law Enforcement Officer assaulting a hospital patient.  Click here for the article/video. The important topics of ethical intervention and bystander mobilization are made obvious in the video footage, specifically, by their conspicuous absence. Note how the video came from one Police Officer who was … Continue reading Ethical Intervention & Bystander Mobilization for Protection Professionals

Dignity, Respect & Procedural Justice

Treating all persons with dignity and respect is the fundamental ethic of relating to, and behaving toward, other human beings (and indeed all life).  It is also the foundational principle of procedural justice, that is, how Law Enforcement relates to the public it serves, how the quality of this interaction shapes how the public views Law Enforcement, and how the public (more) willingly obeys the … Continue reading Dignity, Respect & Procedural Justice

Thinking Through Reasonable Approaches to Active Assailant/Shooter Protection Planning

I have seen several companies (which claim to specialize in active assailant/shooter issues) list what they often refer to as pillars of an effective active assailant/shooter protection plan.  I don’t need to mention the names of the companies. This is not about them, but rather the so-called pillars and presumptions surrounding these pillars. The pillars often include: 1). Emergency Action Plan, 2). Active Shooter Training, … Continue reading Thinking Through Reasonable Approaches to Active Assailant/Shooter Protection Planning

Ethical Protection

Hi All, Every human being has the capability of giving ethical protection to every other human being on planet earth.  We can create and maintain a safer, saner, world by being Ethical Protectors of others. To create a safe family, a safe workplace, a safe world, when we witness anything inappropriate, neglectful, abusive, or wrong, we should: 1. Assist our family members, co-workers, and fellow … Continue reading Ethical Protection

The Last Word

  Hi All, Please see this brief article targeted at a leadership audience.  As the author of that article makes clear, getting the last word when involved in a verbal retort with someone is an ego-boost.  The ego, in its drive to be correct, wants the last word, and we often find ourselves doing whatever it takes to get it. For Law Enforcement, Public Safety, … Continue reading The Last Word

Conflict & Your Participation

Hi All, As Wayne Dyer once said: “Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” So how are you participating?  What are you doing, for instance, to create a non-escalating environment and/or to de-escalate to bring the environment back to calmness? Are you letting your ego run things so that you continue to need to feel superior to the other person?  If so, you’re elevating the need to … Continue reading Conflict & Your Participation

A Baseline Strategy for all De-Escalation

Hi All, For the Contact Professional, it is vital that s/he gets and maintains rapport with others, all the while remaining physically safe. How do you get a rapport with others, particularly those in crisis? Two things constitute a fundamental baseline and are the very foundation of any non-escalatory and de-escalatory efforts.  With these two things in place, non-escalation and de-escalation efforts will have the … Continue reading A Baseline Strategy for all De-Escalation