What’s the most dangerous place on Earth?

Staying Safe While Traveling

by Debra Ronca

The most dangerous place on Earth. It sounds like the title of an action-adventure movie. And it conjures up all kinds of images — war, earthquakes, poisonous jungle plants, killer animals, disease, terrorists and violent criminals at every turn.

Of course danger lurks everywhere. But some places are definitely more dangerous than others. How do we know which place is the most dangerous? Statisticians and think tanks consider many factors when naming a place among the world’s most dangerous. These factors include national security, war, terrorism, violent crime, insurgent activity, disease, humanitarian issues and civil unrest. As you can see, the world’s most dangerous places are usually dangerous because of human activity.



Executive Protection

“Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown”

William Shakespeare

A very telling quote indeed, I would add that very valuable among the king’s men are those that can help take the edge off constant worry about safety and security. The art and science of personal protection practitioners remains in the hand of only a handful of talented experts.  The rest of us security professionals would do well to learn from the best since Personal Protection is an exacting science that requires skills, mental and physical dexterity. 

I particularly like to learn as much as I can about personal protection. Though I not a Specialist I am often find myself coordinating the work of these dedicated professionals.  Much time is spent separating the wheat from the chaff as not all specialists are equally qualified.  Security generalists like me need to know as much as the specialists to ensure against corporate security reputation loss from a screwed-up protection detail. 

I leave you with the following video from CNN International about a day in the life of Personal Protection Specialists

Chasing Down a Dignitary: Security and Communication in Pakistan  http://tinyurl.com/nvkoxb

Thou Shalt Plan Ahead

Scenario Planning

After a brief conversation with security colleague, formerly of Royal Dutch Shell, about scenario planning I was convinced that this form of strategic forecasting is ideal for most organization big or small (See also: Game Theory).  I immediately began to research its application to my organization. The article below describes scenario planning 101.

Scenario Planning: Effective tool in strategic planning across cos

That Sun Tzu’s Art of War, the world’s oldest military treatise, is still a must-read for managers in the making speaks volumes about the application of battlefield tactics in the boardroom. Over the last few years, another military tactic is fast gaining acceptance in strategic planning exercises across companies — scenario planning.

Originally developed by the American Air Force during World War II, scenario planning required military strategists to try and imagine what the opponents could possibly do and work out alternative response strategies accordingly..

Scenarios made an appearance as a planning tool in the 60s, but it was only when scenario planning enabled Royal Dutch/Shell to sail through the ‘oil shock’ in the early 70s did people actually sit up and take notice.

At the time, no one believed that the price of oil could rise drastically, but the newly formed planning team at Shell presented two alternative scenarios: one where oil prices remained stable, and another, which described why the prices were likely to escalate, and the complete ramifications of this possibility . While the first was more in line with what the managers at Shell believed , the second option forced them to think, albeit reluctantly, about how they would react if such a scenario was to play out.

Eventually, when the OPEC countries did hike prices, Shell was the only oil companies that had a back-up strategy ready, propelling it to the top of the profitability charts, and making it the second largest oil company globally.