Considering security operations through a new view

My wife and I are making changes in our kitchen. We have lived in this house for 27 years. One thing that has bugged us all that time, is how close the dishwasher (in the north cabinets) is to the stove (in the west cabinets). 

The problem was worse with a new oven,. The dishwasher door only comes down as far as the handle on the oven’s bottom storage door (a minor annoyance when unloading the bottom tray).  We’ve considered moving the oven or the dishwasher just enough to avoid the conflict.

Recently, one of my wife’s friends dropped by (with her daughter) to see our kitchen project. My wife explained the difficulties associated with the close appliances. Her friend’s daughter asked, “Why don’t you just take off the drawer handle?” 

It took five minutes.

Long ago, Paul Harvey told of a young mother showing her daughter how to prepare a roast. The little girl asked why she cut the ends off the roast. The young mother said she didn’t really know; that’s just how her mother taught her. They called Grandma. Grandma said she didn’t really know; it was how her mother had taught her. 

So, Grandma asked Great Grandma why she cut the ends off the roast. Great Grandma was puzzled, not recalling that. Then she remembered. When she was a young mother teaching her daughter to cook, she had a very small roasting pan. Almost any roast would need trimmed to fit that pan.

I am reading the book, “In The Company of Heroes” (by Michael J. Durant, the Blackhawk Helicopter pilot captured in Mogadishu in 1993). 

On page 151 he wrote, “If you’re serious about being a pilot, every time you go up you learn something new. … When you think there’s nothing more to learn, you should probably hang up your wings.” 

Think About it…

Have you been performing your role for a long time? It might be a good time to hear new things. That sound could come from unlikely sources, or from trusted professionals.

If you lead security at your facility, consider swapping that role with a trusted security leader of another facility for one day. Then discuss what you each observed from the others’ operations.

Then have some of your team do it too.

 You just might learn some new and better things.