I was helping a mate out a while back on an executive protection security job. Now, when I say ‘helping’, I certainly didn’t do it out of the kindness of my heart… I was well paid.
My good mate Troy Claydon owns Panoptic Solutions; a high-end security company that also provides paramedic support. I jump on his team from time to time and take part in his executive protection operations.
I do this for a number of reasons…
- It gets me out of the home office – I’m very aware of complacency and sitting at home most days on the computer can definitely breed this.
- It activates my brain – My current routine certainly isn’t a high adrenaline experience and it’s vastly different from my time in the Military. Yes, I train most days and I train hard, but that’s physical. This sort of work gets me thinking differently than my normal day-to-day operations. There’s planning, running routes, creating ‘actions on’, contingency planning, thinking on the move, solving problems and making judgement calls.
- Working in a team – Getting back in a team environment is great. Working together with like-minded individuals to complete a mission provides a sense of camaraderie. It allows you to think above yourself for a higher purpose, all working together for a common cause.
So there I was, standing in a conference room in a beautiful hotel in Sydney. Myself and a bunch of former Military members were primed for action. Ready to go.
“What you got for me Troy?” I asked, excited and ready to execute my mission with speed and efficiency.
“Jam”, was the reply.
“What’s that now?” I queried.
“Jam” Troy confirmed. “The client has requested some jam ready for when they arrive. But not just any jam, a specific brand, of a specific amount with a specific calorie intake.”
I thought for a moment.
I wasn’t required to detail a Terrain and Environment Analysis, devise a thorough Mission Analysis taking into account the Commander’s Intent, Express & Implied Tasks, Essential Tasks, Groups, Restrictions and Limitations or a Mission Statement.
I wasn’t required to develop a number of detailed Courses of Actions (COAs) that were feasible, achievable, supportive or distinctive… Then test and war-game each COA before selecting one and detailing a set of clear and concise orders to execute.
Nope, I just needed to get some jam.
This was my task; my mission. Other people had their orders and I had mine. I didn’t need to bring ego into the equation and sulk about not having a ‘cool’ job.
What I’ve found and what’s interesting is that the people who are confident in their abilities, the people who are comfortable with what they’ve already achieved and don’t feel the need to prove themselves… They are the very people you can rely on to get the mundane tasks done.
These people have the attitude that it’s a job that needs doing. It’s all part of the overall plan and, if you sometimes get the simple tasks to complete, then complete them well.
As the age-old saying goes: “If you’re going to do a job, do it well or not at all.”
When you’re in a similar position and tasked with a job to complete, which you may think is beneath you…
- Drop the ego
- Be a team player
- Realise you’re a part of something bigger
- Do the job well
- Ask for more
Coincidently, my sniper course senior instructor was also helping out on this job. I know ‘C’ well. He’s a great sniper instructor with years of operational experience, a great leader, a great mentor and a great bloke.
His role on this task: Driver.
He had absolutely no ego regarding his task. He was the consummate professional, an effective team player and was always looking for more work. He got the job done… no complaints.
“Easy. What do you need?” I said.
I got the details and set off to complete my task with ego in check. I needed to get some jam.