12 August 2012

Travel Risk: Adaptive Survival Instruction...

Travel risk to corporate executives is on the rise. Even if you are not an executive who can afford the services of personal body guards and armored cars, there are some prudent ways to mitigate the risk of traveling to the global hot spots.

The Mission

Travel safety is becoming more of a main stream issue with savvy operational risk managers. In fact, the likes of some new firms are emerging by former FBI or other law enforcement heavy weights. The fact is, most of these so called travel safety courses are being taught from only one side of the equation.

In a world of global commerce, CSOs are often tasked with building their company's corporate travel safety programs. The job calls for a proactive approach to educate employees about precautions they can take to stay safe, whether they're the CEOs of multibillion-dollar conglomerates who fly on company jets that land on secured tarmacs or rank-and-file staff riding in commercial airline coach.

The Take-Away

Business has to be done in some of the most dangerous places on the planet, even when it comes to being exposed to kidnapping, terrorism and corrupt governments. Our advice is to make sure your instructor transfers skills to people on "how" to detect, deter and defend against the attackers. Not just the "What to do".

The how is not easy to teach unless you have been there and experienced it. One of the reasons why most CEO's are "Age Experienced" is that it takes time to acquire enough leadership lessons. It does not happen in a week or a month or even a few years. Learning the skills to survive in strange cities, cultures and countries requires instruction by age experienced and "Quiet Professionals". Much of this instruction is about training people to be "Adaptive."

Personnel threat management is a prudent risk mitigation solution. This combination is one key strategy to reduce the operational risks associated with key personnel in your organization. Individuals whose occupations place them at risk may include people with access to valuable proprietary information or holders of high level security clearances, the wealthy and those responsible for their safety.

Comprehensive "Adaptive Survival Instruction" for international business executives is a primary mission for OPS Risk leadership because it saves lives.

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