What Is A Piece Of Paper Worth?

By Matt Stiehm Ed.D

In life what is a piece of paper worth?  Well a piece of paper is worth as much as it can provide for you at any given time.  For example a small piece of green paper, with a dead president on it can buy or provide a lot of things.  However this is nominal compared to other pieces of paper.

Another example of a good piece of paper to have is the “right” certifications from the “right” training companies or programs.  These documents (pieces of paper) demonstrate a certain level of technical and professional competencies.  With the “right” piece of paper you can take your career to larger plateaus.

But what about a formal degree: whether the degree is a two year, four year, masters or doctorate degree.  What is the return on investment from getting these degrees and most importantly how they can help in your career?

•    Two year degree- This is a general degree which in most cases will provide you with some basic skills.  The skills generally deal with “readin, ritin and rithmetic”.  These skills will provide a solid foundation for going forward in higher education.  There is nothing wrong with ending at this level.  As professional experience is sometimes more important than what letter grade you got in math.

•    Four year degree- This degree will provide more liberal education, or technical education (depending on degree granting institution).  The liberal education will provide and hone your skills of writing, researching and understanding human behaviors.  If the degrees come from the technical side, you will able to better understand the nuts and bolts of the industry.

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Explain Leadership

By Matt Stiehm Ed.D

Leadership is relatively easy term to define but hard skill to find.  Everyone makes claims that they are a good leader, an exceptional leader, however many fail to live up to the hype. A good leader does not need to wear their bravado on their sleeves, they walk the walk and talk the talk.

A good leader makes solid decisions, the right decisions, and those decisions might not seem right to you but they are right, a good leader must make the tough decisions.  Sometimes the leader makes unpopular decisions.

Leadership is defined as “a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in way that makes it more cohesive” (www.nwlink.com).  But how does this affect you as an executive protection specialist?

In your daily career as an executive protection specialist you have a variety of options to protect your client(s).  They trust your training and experience, and ultimately your leadership in finding solutions to any problems that they might encounter.

As your career goes on you might be assigned to lead a team or much larger group or protection specialists.  You are chosen for your ability to understand the job, protect the clients, and to get the other protection professionals to do what is right thing at the right time for the right reasons.

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Employee Retirement Plans

By Matt Stiehm Ed.D

Understanding and preparing for the future is key to your career path.  In your career, you conducted key research on which training program to attend.  From there you were provided contact with some initial clients.  At some point in your career you are considered a prime executive protection specialist and can secure clients on a regular basis.

After a successful career your retirement is upon you and hopefully you have saved some money. What happens if a recession hits the country and you cannot secure regular contracts? Or suppose your wife or family is positioned in a dire financial strait, how do you plan to protect your family or your savings?

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Interview and Interrogation Tips

By Matt Stiehm

Threat assessment, is part of any executive protection specialists job, but if the threat is not overt how can someone best protect their client whether in private or public.  While working in the field the executive protect specialist needs to be aware of everything.  But one area that most people cannot protect or guard against is there verbal and  non-verbal clues of deception.
Now for this article deception is clearly defined as someone hiding some piece of information.  It is the specialist’s job to determine what the person (target) is hiding.

In determining if someone is being truthful or deceptive the specialist needs to have a “baseline” of communication with the individual.  This baseline is common behaviors, or tendencies.  In the field you can pick up these tendencies rather quickly in a brief conversation with the target (potential threat).  In establishing the baseline just as simple as having “normal” chit-chat with the individual prior to asking “hard” questions, the hard question is the one in which the target could be deceptive.

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Professional Development

The author of today’s Featured Story (Professional Development) is someone who will be joining the Bodyguard Careers.com staff as an ongoing contributor. Please allow me to introduce you to Matthew Stiehm.

Matthew has an Ed. D in Higher Education Leadership from Argosy University Twin Cities, and a M.S in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University, and B.S in Social Science from Wayne State College.

Matthew brings his unique experiences and perspective to Bodyguard Careers and we are pleased he wants to share his extensive knowledge and background with our readers.


Professional Development:

By Matthew Stiehm

As a professional regardless of your career choice individuals need to be concerned with ongoing career development.  With executive protection specialists working a variety of hours, shifts and times when is there time to find professional development.  There are a variety of ways to keep skills current, keep your mind sharp, in a relatively short time frame.

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