New Security Course: Deviancy 101

by todaystrainingblog

I’ve been called a deviant by smirking friends & business associates. And I want you to join me & be a deviant as well. I think that everyone in business& security needs to be a deviant. There are of course sexual, criminal, ethical, and moral & the list could go on ad nauseum. But I want to discuss one very particular type of, and potentially powerful, deviancy.

I want to discuss you becoming a deviant in respect to your security practices. You need to break the rules in order to be successful in protecting your businesses. Best practices should be, as I view it, guidelines as to what needs to be accomplished.  Not the set in concrete, end all to be all items some think they are.

I delivered a workshop on workplace violence (WPV) a couple of months ago. One of the attendees told me afterward that she couldn’t break any rules when it came to human resources because she worked for a governmental agency. I said that the government and business would never get close to accomplishing its mission if it didn’t start.

In both business and the scientific world there are towering pillars of knowledge that have said, and conducted their business/research, break the rules. From Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Stephen Hawking, & Richard Branson have all said the same thing. My favorite business book is ‘If it ain’t broke, then break it! “ By Robert Krenzel. That book is what has inspired me for decades on breaking rules and not following conventional wisdom.

Let’s look at some ways to be a deviant in business or security with an explanation of each of them. And keep in mind these aren’t the only ways, but I hope to give you a head start on becoming a deviant;

  • Thinking out-of-the-box. Just because everything, and solution, is handed to you in one shape or another, what says you can’t go further? With all this newfangled technology, why not old school and use something from 10, 20, or even 30 years ago. Not necessarily technology but…
  • Ignoring best practices or using them as guidelines not gospel’. When something is considered gospel in the business world we are certain that we’ll get fired for trying something different, can you say sacred cows?

Use those best practices as guidelines only, and perfect them for your own organization not a total fix out of the box.

  • Bending out of shape or obliterating rules, policies, & procedures. Yes, you can do this as well. Will this get you into trouble and possibly get you fired? Of course it will. Will it solve problems and lead to better solutions for the company, client, & the field? Of course it will. Tell Steve Jobs or Thomas Edison not to break the rules.
  • Ignoring conventional wisdom. Taking the road from above, where would we be if Henry Ford had listened to conventional wisdom and not invented the assembly line for his cars?

The point of this is you can’t depend on conventional wisdom, best practices, or other sacred cows to conduct business or protect lives and property. If you do, then the criminal element and those who are in competition will run you down. And sooner or later when they run you down enough, you get ground into the mud.

We, as security owners/managers, can’t afford to sit and wait for the next biggest and greatest thing to come along. WE have to go out and either grab the brass ring or create the next one. That means becoming a deviant and thinking differently than the competition.

For an example, in the contract security field, despite the sales pitch and etc. There is little differentiation amongst the companies. Not a single one just stands out head & shoulders above the rest. Why, because they are stuck in the attitude of “This is the way business has always been done. Why change what works?” That is until someone breaks the rules and then everyone follows the new pied piper.

I will be the first to admit that the clients of these companies are partially responsible for this. In many, I would say most, instances they don’t give a rat’s patoot about the above, just the lowest rate they can get. But over and above that let’s refer back to the previous paragraph; “because they are stuck in the attitude of “This is the way business has always been done. Why change what works?” That is until someone breaks the rules and then everyone follows the new pied piper.”

So break the rules and don’t be afraid of what may happen. Can you get fired for breaking the rules? Of course! Can your business go bankrupt? Of course it can. But people get fired every day for things that are less innovative. And nearly 50% of all businesses will be out of it in 5 years anyway.

I want to put a ding in the universe-Steve Jobs


Robert D. Sollars is a recognized expert on security issues, specifically workplace violence. He’s spent nearly 33 years in the security field. Contact him at 480-251-5197 or Visit his Facebook page, One is too Many. Here you will read about other items related to security & WPV issues. Or be a twitter follower at @robertsollars2.

                               I May be Blind but my Vision is Crystal Clear