Through more than 10 years of working with companies and organizations of all sizes, we’ve seen the kind of soul searching this question can trigger. And we’ve wrestled with it ourselves. Research clearly documents the critical importance of training for life-threatening situations. The fact is, the more you’ve thought about what you’d do -- in advance -- the less likely you are to freeze in a critical moment. That means, you’re less likely to let life-preserving response options slip away -- options that disappear second-by-second.
The truth is, people DO have a better chance of surviving Extreme Violence IF they’ve had enough training to understand the importance of preparation and forethought. And we also know this can be “scary” information for employees to absorb and think about. But given the realities of our time, we believe that, even if organizational leadership would prefer not to think about training for situations like an Active Shooter, they also recognize the need to help their employees be prepared for the unthinkable. And sadly, with every new incident, it becomes harder to imagine that they’re not already thinking (and worrying) about situations like these.
If you can, get out
If you can’t, get safe
If you have to, get tough
As co-creators of some the earliest and most prominent guidance for dealing with Extreme Violence, we’ve taken ten year’s worth of feedback and experience to create a new training program designed to reflect the sum total of those insights. Probably the most important take-away of that decade’s worth of input is our decision to shift away from the response options of “FIGHT” and “TAKE OUT” and to, instead, tell people to get tough.
First and foremost, get tough encourages people to remember they’re NOT automatically helpless in this kind of life-threatening situation. And, unlike the “FIGHT” or “TAKE-OUT” options, which can imply a SINGULAR response of direct, physical combat, or even lethal force, get tough broadens the range of confrontational response options, but without omitting those direct possibilities. And it does this with language that blends more easily with most organizational cultures.
In essence, get tough delivers a difficult and real response option to life-threatening violence, but in a way that’s broad-ranged, feasible, and practical.
We encourage you to view the trailer (2:00) of our newest program, which addresses Workplace Violence Prevention and Extreme Violence Response and is now additionally available as separate video modules.
getting real about workplace violence - Trailer
If you’d like to see more, please contact us for a link and password to view the complete 18 minute program.