If you think bad things can’t happen to you… You’re naïve.
Anything that you read about happening can happen to you. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re located. It doesn’t matter if it’s happened in your town or to anyone you know.
Don’t assume something won’t happen just because it hasn’t happened before in your world.
It’s your job to make sure you, your family or your company aren’t the first to be victimized.
How do Leaders get in trouble?
They get lulled to sleep. They assume things will be done right all the time because they’ve been done right the other 99 times. Warnings and red flags are ignored because they are so confident they are secure.
Sometimes the “bad thing” is a person.
Remember there is always the possibility that a person you trust, who you never would suspect, is just ‘playing’ you. They hang around and earn your respect. They are deliberate; they are rotten. They are looking for a way to steal what you have… IF YOU LET THEM. Of course these people are cowards and prey upon the unsuspecting… So don’t be unsuspecting.
It’s your job not to give them a chance to steal.
Hopefully you won’t deal with any fraud, embezzlement or theft from close employees or friends, but be aware that it happens. Keep up with your kids and who they associate with. Keep an eye on any adults who seem to get too big of a kick out of hanging around your kids. All you need to do is keep a close eye on things. Don’t allow any loopholes for them to exploit.
It’s simple… Just make the decision that you are NOT going to ALLOW you and your team to be victims.
There’s always going to be someone around who decides they would like to have something of yours. You don’t have an exemption that protects you from this. You don’t have to be paranoid and let it take over your life, but is it too much to at least take the “ounce of protection” to avoid the “pound of cure?” You are way ahead just by being aware.
There are no guarantees in the world. It’s up to you to keep a ring of protection around the people and the things that are important to you.
This is part 2 of the HOW TO PROTECT YOUR TEAM series. Read more below.