Coke refers to any carbonated beverage in many parts of the US (particularly the south).
Kleenex and Band-Aids are similar.
All three are brands, yet all three have come to reference something generic, be that a soft drink, facial tissue, or wound covering. Continue reading
Dear Hospital Security…
Security at most hospitals is very weak. Over the years my work has involved protecting hospitals on many fronts. Access Control, IP Video, Door Hardware, Fire Alarms, Fire Suppression, Nurse Call, and the list goes on. Over the last dozen years I have visited hundreds of hospitals as part of my work. Often, my visits are without appointments and unscheduled. Continue reading
What is that security process that schools despise each summer? Changing locker combinations. If you have ever done so for a Middle School with 900 lockers using built-in spin dial locks, you deserve a medal. It’s an arduous process and one that should have died with filmstrip projectors and typewriters. Continue reading
I sell locks. For a manufacturer who makes 65 million of them annually. That’s not the story, but like all good stories one must start at the beginning.
Some weeks ago I answered an incoming call at our office. Not odd, yet it is not often that I pick up, given we have a Receptionist/Admin who answers and directs 95% of all incoming calls. Continue reading
A few months back I was at Panera for lunch. I was sitting near two guys having a conversation among co-workers. While one did not supervise the other, it was clear he was a mentor or in a position to influence the career of the other. The senior guy was around 30, the other was closer to 25. Continue reading
Lowe & Fletcher thanks the SHDA (Security Hardware Distributor’s Association) for a great Summit event just outside Dallas, Texas, last week. The event allows for Security Distributors and Security Manufacturers to hold individual meetings to discuss helping each other grow their respective businesses. Continue reading
Of course I want people to buy my products and security solutions. Yet I spend 50% of my time talking to people with whom I meet about how THEY can sell more. About taking THEIR core product, adding other quality features to it to differentiate it, and to solve their end user/customer challenges in ways their competitors won’t. Continue reading
Today a good deal of attention is being paid to one topic–arming teachers. A seriously flawed idea.
Why? Because our children deserve better.
To me it seems obvious. My work matters. I work within the security field. I have for many years now.
The early years of my career were filled with rewarding work within Security Management, Investigations, and Operations. My work protected people. Good people like employees, customers, vendors, and others benefited from life safety and physical security systems I managed and directed. My work investigated and addressed challenges in the workplace like sexual harassment, employee fraud, and organized crime. I trained staff in workplace safety, being first responders and even self-defense training.
As I join Euro-Locks (a Lowe and Fletcher company) it is my first foray into the manufacturing side of the security industry. Choosing to do it with a sixth-generation 129 year old global company that makes 60 million locks a year is exciting. The history, craftsmanship, character, and technological innovation of Lowe and Fletcher is matched by few within the security industry. I find that very appealing. Continue reading