The Floperator

birds on the wireI hate to flood the blog with another term, but I could not resist this one.  This term has been looming in the shadows with me for awhile now but most recently erupted in a conversation I had with a valued colleague.

Today’s EP specialist has become so enamored with the thought of acceptance within networks that they are losing their own values.  Many of us have a certain way in how we operate, do business and interact amongst our peers.  I have a specific view of yesterday’s industry, today’s industry and have a projection of where we are going to be tomorrow if things do not continue to change.  That has been a constant in everything you hear and read from me.  I am comfortable in saying that many have also evolved into a more livable view of the industry.  A society among a STANDARD of life.

There are others who make it a lifestyle of saying one thing yet do the total opposite in practical application. One of the worst things I am seeing right now is the continued misuse and TOTAL misunderstanding of the term MENTOR.  I won’t get back in to the pure definition and essence of an mentor relationship but I will say that it should NOT be a participation in providing services under the mentee for free, under the guise of getting some “experience”.  Those of you who engage in this relationship as the mentee need to disengage from this indentured servant process.  You are being used as a second and third slot on a contract that is being billed for one specialist.  Under the worst case scenarios you are doing it for free under the “experience” trick and the provider is billing for your slot and NOT paying you.  True mentorship raises the level of experience and abilities of the person receiving the program and not to be used under the old martial arts protege model – Grasshopper [thanks for the reference Avery].

Just this week I watched as specialists took a stance on  a given circumstance and within days flip flop to another perspective as though their initial profound stance never existed.  STAND firm on your beliefs regardless of what others think.  If, for whatever reason, someone has swayed your opinion, that is FINE.  However, to switch mid-stream as if the you never had a different position reveals a side of a person’s character that leaves other to question.

Make no mistake, I have changed my view on many previous firm positions I have taken with the industry.  Many of these I had originally kept to myself but blogged about them as an evolution of my perspective.  One in particular was that I had always viewed protective driving and medical training as add-ons to your Executive Protection training.  I have since changed my perspective on that and in many ways feel they should be a pre-requisite to entering an EP school.  The difference is that I am clear on my previous stance, stood by that position, and openly expressed that I changed my view and perspective.  I have also made it known that I personally don’t espouse to teaching an individual how to do EP in a one-on-one basis.  Learning how to do protection from an individual perspective is from the Kiddie Meal section of the McDonald’s menu.  Put that same individual in a multi-specialist detail and he/she is a fish out of water.  The remedy is to take the specialist who has successfully completed an executive protection course and then teach him/her how to do what he/she has learned from a true EP curriculum, and dial it down to an individual specialist.  Working alone is a Mindset and not some secret potion. You can always dial down what you have learned, whereas dialing up to an unfamiliar environment will be almost impossible.

Lastly, be comfortable in your experience no matter what station of the CRAFT you are in.  Truly embrace that station before moving on to the next phase and stop being swayed by what is popular.  Stop portraying yourself as proficient in a specialty or using formats from others that you have not completely understood or grasped.  Follow what is RIGHT, because that is the cream.  And as the man who gave me my break [Mark Fair] always says,’ The cream will always rise to the top.”


  1. Rodney Noel

    I agree with your post. I myself, will make a decision based on my life experiences. I do listen to others point if view. If those points of view can enhance my decision making (pos or neg), I weight that with my core beliefs, then I might or might not change my point of view. I will always make my own decisions.

  2. Russ Anderson

    Excellent points Mr. Konohia. We must all be comfortable in our own skins. I see individuals change their point of view as often as the wind changes direction.

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