Issue No. 348 of Your Weekly Staff Meeting highlights a riveting book with 100 A to Z “be prepared” crisis plans (with step-by-step illustrations), including how to survive an active shooter situation. And this reminder: click here to check out my 20 management buckets (core competencies).
“In the face of true catastrophe, a basement full of canned peas and distilled water isn’t likely to be much help,” writes Retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson.
Yikes. Buy this book and delegate your reading to the person on your team who has the courage and savvy to anticipate your next crisis.
The author adds, “…in a world full of unexpected, ever-changing threats, an unseen army of trained civilians is a powerful weapon.”
“When crisis strikes, it takes only a basic level of knowledge to distinguish a victim from a survivor—or from the levelheaded leader who shepherds a panicked group of would-be victims to safety.
“In other words, the purpose of this book is not to make you more dangerous, but to make you significantly safer.”
Trust me. You’ve never, ever read a book quite like this one—and it’s not for the timid. (And to my new subscribers this month—this is an unusual book for this eNews. I’ll get back to “normal” next month.)
A national bestseller last year, 100 Deadly Skills, is riveting. The subtitle says it all: “The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.”
Each of the 100 chapters (most with just a page of instructions and a facing page of simple, step-by-step illustrations) details what to do when you encounter a dangerous or deadly threat, an active shooter, a hostage situation, or worse.
Had I reviewed 100 Deadly Skills a year ago, I would have invested several paragraphs in building a case for why your organization or company needs this book. Today, however, you understand. Sadly, these locations are the motivation for being prepared: San Bernardino, Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, Orlando. (There are more.)
This hair-raising book is divided into nine sections: Mission Prep, Infiltration, Infrastructure Development, Surveillance, Access, Collection, Operational Actions, Sanitization, and Exfiltration and Escape. (OK…I’m sure I’ve already lost a few readers—but stick with this. What person on your team should read this?)
Here’s a taste of the chapter titles that popped off the page for me:
002 – Create an Every Day Carry Kit
013 – Cross Enemy Borders by Land
017 – Blend Into Any Environment
018 – Hotel Security and Safety Awareness
019 – Prevent a Hotel Room Invasion
029 – Turn a Pen Into a Weapon
Detection and Dogs:
038 – Detect Tampering of Personal Effects
041 – Detect Tracking Devices
059 – Hide Information in Plain Sight
060 – Hide and Extract Data Using Everyday Phones
082 – Create a Hasty Disguise
083 – Get Past a Guard Dog
Drowning and Duct Tape:
086 – Create a Rappelling Harness
087 – Escape a Multistory Building
088 – Survive a Drowning Attempt
089 – Escape from an Automobile Trunk
098 – Defeat Handcuffs
099 – Defeat Zip Ties
100 – Defeat Duct Tape
Each two-page chapter includes several pointers on the topic, and the accompanying illustration (remember the old Boy Scouts Handbook hand-drawn pictures?). There are 100 “BLUFs” (Bottom Line Up Front) short summaries. Example: the BLUF for No. 024: Escape and Evasion Vehicle Prep reads, “E&E vehicle preparation can be the difference between capture and freedom.”
This not a macho book—it’s a discernment guide with a “be prepared” mindset. “When confronted with unexpected danger, in many cases the safest course of action is escape. In the face of an active shooter [No. 073: Survive an Active Shooter], the first option (if conditions allow) is to run—and the last is to fight. If a thief wants your valuables, hand them over.”
So how do you defeat duct tape? The BLUF notes, “Duct tape is the most commonly used restraint upon initial abduction.” Five steps (COAs: Courses of Action) are illustrated. I’m memorizing those!
You don’t have to be a Navy SEAL to master these 100 deadly skills. Written for civilians, this book will be read by every person who receives your thoughtful gift.
To order from Amazon, click on the title for 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation, by Clint Emerson, Navy SEAL, Ret.
Your Weekly Staff Meeting Questions:
1) Try this at your next staff meeting: “This is a drill. This is a drill—but you must act now. There is an active shooter in our building. Follow our previous instructions to the letter. Go! Go! Go!”
2) Watch what happens—and then debrief your experience. Was your team prepared? Are your crisis instructions clear? Who is your safety guru? Who is going to read 100 Deadly Skills—and then report on it?
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The Crisis Bucket, Chapter 13, in Mastering the Management Buckets, highlights this core competency:
“We are prepared for most crises. We have plans in place and a crisis facilitator trained, and we drill our team members frequently and spontaneously. Yet we trust in God, who is our Protector, Comforter and Sustainer.”
At your next staff meeting, address these questions:
1) Who is our crisis facilitator?
2) When is the last time we’ve conducted a crisis drill (never?)—and what did we learn?
3) What’s the balance between crisis preparation and trust in God?
For more resources from “The Crisis Bucket,” Chapter 13, in Mastering the Management Buckets, visit this webpage which includes “Worksheet #13.1: Plan Now for Your Next Crisis—It’s Not If You’ll Have a Crisis, But When.”
P.S. Read John’s recent blog on board governance, "10 Mistakes to Avoid at Your Next Board Retreat."
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