By James A. DeVino
One of the pitfalls of doing any type of work over an extended period of time is the tendency to become complacent. The consequences for complacency vary widely depending on the field, but if you work as an Executive Protection Specialist, losing your edge and simply going through the motions can be the difference between life and death.
What exactly do I mean when I say “losing your edge?” It is when an EPS starts to lose interest or passion for the profession. It means taking things for granted, taking shortcuts or even being lazy. It can range from “zoning out” on a tedious detail assignment to failing to conduct a thorough advance. It could be failing to develop a secondary evacuation plan; or lacking the foresight to ask questions and plan for the worst-case-scenario because it is the “same-old, same-old” routine. The results for complacency as an EPS can lead to the embarrassment, injury, or even death to the principal in your charge.