08 Mar: The Crime Triangle

In 2014 I was interviewed by a radio station after the host had read my book. She seemed particularly interested in the part where I talked of the 3 elements of crime;  … it only takes three elements for any violent crime: 1)   An attacker motivated by a cause 2)   A victim who represents that cause 3)   A lack of protection  The first two elements exist in just about any major gathering of people. The third may be more common in faith-based organizations than any other group.[i] Those 3 elements are often reduced to 3 simple words, desire, ability and opportunity. As pointed out by many in law enforcement, eliminate any part of the equation and the crime will not occur. We have more control over opportunity than the other two. By removing the opportunity, those with a criminal desire and the ability to act on that desire will find…

29 Feb: Sheepdog or Alpha Dog?

                      There are great books and messages on dealing with strong-willed kids and strong-willed spouses. Dealing with strong-willed associates is common too. But there are few model insights for the clash of those titans. The protection business is filled with strong-willed associates; men and women.  Almost daily, I correspond with some security operator having issues with a person, persons or me. Some are more right than wrong or vice versa; but of course, not in their mind. We can learn from the marriage model. My wife and I are both strong willed. We learned (and keep learning) that being right is not as important as being in agreement. Getting there can be painful. Being right is important to me. I am responsible if something fails, so I must be the one seeing things clearly, then leading through the jungle. Well,…

22 Feb: The Sidewalk Presentation

(rerun of TAI first published on 2/3/13) Those with the heart of protection should always be ready to state why we feel the way we feel and do the things we do. We may hope for an opportunity to make a presentation justifying the need to the executive board or the senior pastor. To be so prepared is good, but we should plan as if our only chance for that speech might happen as we get in step with the pastor in the short walk between his car and the church doors, or on an elevator between floors. In smaller churches, an audience with the right people is easier. Even then we should be well prepared to state our passion in a crisp and effective manner. So, following are some things I may say in such a sidewalk presentation. I encourage you to be ready with your own points. Pastor…