Being a modern bodyguard requires thoroughness in accomplishing logistic and protective tasks no matter how small. It’s a difficult and unglamorous with most of the work put in behind the scenes to keep the principal out of harm’s way throughout the world.
As a modern bodyguard you need a professional network you can call upon at a moment’s notice to support you in accomplishing your logistic and protective tasks. This may include security drivers, area experts, venue security, vetted ground handlers, etc. The modern bodyguard knows that he cannot exist without the support of his professional network. How strong is your current network?
Teamwork and self-discipline rounds out the modern bodyguards’ professional character; collaboration to combine the actions of a group of people to enhance the principal’s safety and the self-discipline to endure lack of sleep, starvation and high pressure while doing advance work and proving protective coverage. The modern bodyguard knows that working outside the comfort-zone is a must. When was the last time you’ve been outside your comfort-zone?
The modern bodyguard knows that advance work is the fundamental operational skill and the more time, sweat and effort expanded on crafting a perfectly choreographed arrival, departure and all the events in between the less pressure and frustration he will experience when “working the principal.” Therefore, the modern bodyguard has the determination and commitment to successfully complete the advance, even when hungry, tired and feeling miserable. The more time you devote to your advance work, “getting it right,” the less susceptible your principal will be to threats when you are providing operation bodyguard duties. Keep safe and God speed.
Doc Rogers is the author of Corporate Executive Protection – A Manual for Inspiring Corporate Bodyguards and president and CEO of International Corporate Executive Protection Ltd. Doc has earned a Ph.D. in Security Administration from Southwest University and he is SE Asia’s leading expert on executive protection and corporate security. Be sure to check out Doc’s new book: How To Become An Executive Protection Specialist [Kindle Edition]