Donald Trump, security Professionals, & the GOP. Related?
This is not a political post, and let me also state emphatically that I do not support Trump. It is an interesting dilemma about the Republican nomination process, Donald Trump, & security professionals. The reason for this mix of subjects is that they are related in a sense of attitude.
Donald Trump is bringing up a few points that are hitting home with the American people and not the supposed establishment of the Republican Party. Let me elaborate what I have heard with rumor and innuendo, on several news channels.
#1 Trump is tapping into anger over the way politicians talk with talking points with the party line. And that line, can you then say corporate line? is not what the public and the grass roots of the party want to hear from a candidate. The grass roots want to hear genuine truthful, non-evasive words coming from their candidates. And that’s what he gives them, albeit not necessarily the whole truth.
#2 the grass roots are wanting a candidate that doesn’t say things for political expediency and just to get elected. They want one who will speak what’s on their mind, off the cuff, and not be politically correct. Trump does this, even if he has to back track and apologize on more than a few issues.
And every single candidate left in the field has their own flip flops to deal with, including Trump such as the abortion issue on MSNBC. Some can be attributed to a genuine change of heart. Others…eh not so much.
#3 the party is talking brokering the convention so that Trump is not the nominee. Basically this means that the party will continue on with an establishment candidate rather than what the people wants. Can we say a candidate that the establishment can control? Which is absolutely something they can’t do with Trump.
The question is, now that you’ve indulged me this far, is how does this equate to security? That point should be fairly easily made by the 3 points above. Security professionals, and those in the c-suite, do the same thing as the Republican establishment and against the grass roots. And sometimes it’s so obvious it’s painful when they try to deny it.
- Too often security managers, or whatever their designation, speak with the corporate line talking points at all times. They are afraid to speak anything out of line with the corporate position. And this also includes the best practices, policies, procedures, & etc.
- Security professionals rarely speak what’s really on their mind, especially if they are in a corporate job or in a security contractor. Why? Because they are afraid of, pardon the language, pissing off the clients and/or the C-suite.
- And lastly, the last one feeds into the one directly above. Security professionals are at fault with this one, at all levels. I understand the need to control at all levels, but to control for simply controls sake… I don’t buy that excuse. From security officers to Facility leads/supervisors, Account Managers, Field Supervisors and further up the line…
Do you see the correlation now between Trump, the GOP, & the security profession? Far too many security professionals are in the mentality of the establishment. Or if you wish the 3 monkeys. ‘See no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil’. This attitude is too prevalent in our profession. Whether we want to acknowledge it or not.
We follow conventional wisdom and do what we have to, to ‘not rock the boat’. And whether we work in a corporate environment, as a consultant, security company/contractor, or sales we all do what we have to do to get the sale and say what needs to be said to get what we want. And that isn’t necessarily the truth or what needs to be said.
If the security industry would start to speak what needs to be said instead of what the clients, c-suite, regional, or divisional level, want to hear we would all be in better shape. That’s how this post states what Trump, the GOP, & security pros say equates to each other.
If we have to say we’re sorry, so what? If we have to say we were wrong, so what? If we have to quote higher prices than what we did yesterday, so what? If we don’t follow the corporate line to a fault, so what? If we get fired or disciplined for doing something out of the norm and not following best practices, policies, or procedures., so what?
In today’s world we need to think about what may work and what may not. Terrorism, workplace violence, fraud, computer hacking & theft, and the myriad of other threats we face daily tell us we can’t be bound by conventional wisdom.
We need to think outside-of-the-box. We need to break the rules. Yes this means going against the policies, procedures, best practices, & guidelines at times and doing things that may go against the grain and rub the C-suite or legal department the wrong way.
But the question has to be this; does it accomplish the goal and does it get better appreciation from the employees or clients? And by doing these things, as Trump does will it come around to making money, whether directly or just adding to the bottom line.
You can’t run a business without taking risks
Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on security issues, specifically workplace violence. He’s spent nearly 33 years in the security field. Visit his Facebook page, One is too Many, where you will read about other items related to security & WPV issues. Or be a twitter follower at @robertsollars2.
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