Respect at all Times

Hi All, Contact Professionals familiar with the teachings of Verbal Judo should immediately reflect on George Thompson’s great teaching on this point and the difference between respect and RE-spect. If you’re not familiar with it, go here for a perennial classic. If you actually follow the discipline of Verbal Judo, then you know that there are, literally, no times in life when you’re not showing … Continue reading Respect at all Times

Camera Surveillance: Use it Wisely

Hi All, Read this nice article on the efforts of one particular school district to make their environments safer. Cameras are, of course, a necessary piece of a Security Management program. Be cautious, however, of over-reliance on them or, more accurately, mis-reliance on them, that is, blindly thinking that they will bring great prevention dividends. Don’t get me wrong; cameras are immensely valuable. Just be … Continue reading Camera Surveillance: Use it Wisely

Confessions of a Hate Hunter

Hi All, Call me crazy, but I have this far-fetched belief that a human being ought to leave this world a better place than when s/he found it. I fully embrace a belief and worldview expressed here by Horace Mann: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” See this very interesting article about race-hate ideology, its many faces in America, … Continue reading Confessions of a Hate Hunter

The Dialectic of Creating Healing & Safe Healthcare Environments

Kindness is strength. This is so very true! One would find it difficult to source a better summary of strength of character (for anyone and especially leaders) than that of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. I said difficult, but not impossible, as a book fit to sit directly next to The Meditations is It Worked for me: In Life and Leadership, by Colin Powell. One … Continue reading The Dialectic of Creating Healing & Safe Healthcare Environments

A Downstream Addiction is keeping America’s Active Assailant/Shooter Phenomenon Untouched

Americans are traumatized by the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. As we should be. Take a look at Tess Mata. She is one of the victims of this tragedy. Take a good look at her. Note the innocence shining through her sweet smile. Sit with her in your imagination. Now ask yourself, “What can I do to help?” I propose for your consideration that … Continue reading A Downstream Addiction is keeping America’s Active Assailant/Shooter Phenomenon Untouched

When things change inside you, things change around you

Read and digest the concise message in the picture here. Many thanks to Connecticut Center for Mind-Body Enrichment, Inc for sharing this picture on LinkedIn. Click here to see their post that contained a brief and valuable narrative. The message in this picture above has relevance to America’s seeming inability to curtail its gun violence and active assailants/shooters. Stuck in our guns a ‘blazin intoxication, … Continue reading When things change inside you, things change around you

Mass Killing Incidents: Is there a Solution?

Hi All, Please read this article, entitled: 2019 Saw Most Mass Killings on Record, US Database Reveals. The mass killer can be stopped by bullets.  No doubt. Let’s be clear right off the bat.  When it comes to how Americans may die, mass killing incidents are still relatively rare in number.  Americans are far more likely to die of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and … Continue reading Mass Killing Incidents: Is there a Solution?

Building strong, sane, children as a Means to Address the Active Assailant Predicament

Hi All, Please read this useful article, entitled U.S. Secret Service: 10 warning signs before a school shooting. It’s always useful to study real research on subjects such as the Active Assailant predicament.  Otherwise, fear rules and distorts decision-making and ultimately how we address this serious issue. Note warning sign # 4: “Most attackers had experienced psychological, behavioral or developmental symptoms.” Note warning sign # … Continue reading Building strong, sane, children as a Means to Address the Active Assailant Predicament

Morgan Freeman on Conflict Communication (aka: De-Escalation)

Hi All, Not much needs to be said in words by me here. Simply read this post’s pic wherein Morgan Freeman outlines major principles of conflict communication, aka de-escalation. This highlights the fact that conflict communication (popularly known as de-escalation) is as much psychology as it is anything else. Conflict communication is not simply a grab-bag of disparate techniques! Don’t ever minimize the value of … Continue reading Morgan Freeman on Conflict Communication (aka: De-Escalation)

Incivility in Healthcare is here to stay: Knowing this, let’s get busy facing it

Greetings, See this brief article that highlights the challenges in healthcare with incivility, aggression, and violence from patients and visitors. It was shared and highlighted on LinkedIn by some of my Healthcare Security Leadership colleagues. COVID and the associated stress (e.g., surrounding tightened visitor restrictions) have certainly added to incivility, aggression, and violence coming into our hospitals. And yet, incivility, aggression, and violence were indeed … Continue reading Incivility in Healthcare is here to stay: Knowing this, let’s get busy facing it