In Security, one of the most important first steps necessary to take in any detail – is establishing a team.
Whether you are working alone, or on a detail with other people – making connections is integral to a successful detail.
As humans we need connections – we thrive on them.
Being part of a team, having friends, family, support systems.
It keeps us balanced and keeps us moving forward.
As much as we thrive on finding ourselves, having our own time and embracing the silence and peace that life can oh so rarely offer, connecting with others is typically what propels us forward.
Connections provide momentum.
Connections provide a depth to life that only being with other people can offer.
When we need support, guidance, motivation – we often rely on others to help us pick up the pieces and move on.
Being part of a team doesn’t always mean being the one that is there to have the pieces picked up, at times we have to be the one holding the reins – helping others around us.
The best part of having a team, is having others to help you when you are down, and most importantly, helping others in their moments of weakness.
The give and take in team environment is what keeps the group moving.
In Security – we thrive in a team setting.
Its like being stripped down to basic animal instincts. Roaming with a pack, being part of the pride.
Our teams know that they are only as strong as their weakest link and know to act accordingly.
Each move premeditated as much as possible, positioning our work force in the most strategic way possible.
We manoeuvre and pivot around obstacles, placing our strongest leads in positions of power and authority, mitigating risk by making those that know best the first point of contact.
Its a game of offence and defence – and also a game of chess.
Except in the game of security – or as it would be, life – the object is to get out alive.
To make it to the next level, the next day or next week – month – year.
And by doing so ensuring we move all of our team swiftly and efficiently through the motions so that we can all cross the proverbial finish together.
In our weak moments we find solace in knowing that by communicating and maintaining these relationships we have established, we know that there is someone close by that can fill in for our times of needs.
And just as we have those that we rely on and often lean on for support, we return the favour. Making sure that teamwork is never one sided – there is no ‘I’ in team.
Teamwork is constant give and take. It’s keeping the balance so that ideally one member isn’t taking more than they give, and at the same time – one member isn’t giving more than they take.
And we may all take different things from a team environment.
While some may rely on physical connection. Taking what they can or what they need physically, others may lean more heavily on the mental aspect.
It could be asking for a helping hand to pick you up when you fall, or thriving off of words of encouragement.
Neither things need to have monetary value or take up physical space – but often these are the things that are the most important. The priceless details in life.
In the Sentinel team we put value in all aspects.
We value strength and physical skill and invest in training our team accordingly and making options available to grow in strength.
We value leadership. We train leaders and encourage others to constantly bring up the future and existing team members to also be leaders.
Consistently developing leadership skills and strategies to ensure that if one person had to step back, there are others readily available to take their place.
We value mental health. Although times are challenging especially in a pandemic, we understand and respect the need to step back.
We have support systems in place as well as offer access to outside lines to ensure no one is ever left alone.
We know that communication is key and when it comes to solving our own battles, whether they be on the front lines or fighting our own inner demons, there is no cause unjust and we are all in when it comes to taking the time to talk.
We value togetherness.
We’ve come a long way from being together apart at the beginning of this pandemic and we know what it’s like to be alone as much as we know what it’s like to be in a team.
Here you are always supported and never alone.
Even if you are alone on site, there are dispatch, office and management teams readily available to support and connect out to when needed.
Teamwork makes the dream work – and without our team, there is no dream.
They go hand in hand when it comes to succeeding in goals and in life.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Prot
ection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration.
Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.