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10 Great Gadget Gift Ideas for Executive Protection Friends, Family… and Yourself

It’s that time of year again: gadget time. Whether you believe in Santa Claus or not doesn’t matter. As long as you can get online, the internet elves are ready and willing to ship so you can unpack these gizmos and up your protective game.

If you’re the optimistic type, all you need to do is send a link to this blog to your significant others and start wishing. Seasoned, proactive EP professionals will probably want to take matters (and credit cards) into their own hands and start shopping now. Happy holidays are cool gadget days!

Battarix Power Card

$18 for one, but often on sale and cheaper if you buy more (you should)

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What it is: A single-use battery pack to charge your phone in an emergency. Each card comes pre-charged to 1600 mAh, enough juice to connect you to the world until you figure out your next steps and more electricity.

Why you need it: When all else fails, Battarix can be a lifesaver that keeps you connected until you get to some reliable power. With an eight-year shelf life, you’d do well to keep a few in your go bag, your car, and wherever else you might stash stuff for when SHTF.

Why we like it: Battarix are super-slim, have the footprint of a credit card, and weigh about an ounce. In other words, these things are very easy to store and pack. Each one is ready to go for iPhones or Androids right out of the box, complete with a cable attached to a USB-C for Droids and a lightning adapter for all but the latest iPhones.

 

Leatherman Skeletool

$75

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What it is: A simple, compact, lightweight multi-tool that’s got the features you need most – and only those.

Why you need it: You know why you need a multi-tool, and you probably already have one (or three) that’s equipped with everything but a mini nuclear power plant, so we won’t bore you with that. As photographers say, the best camera is the one you have with you. Ditto for multi-tools. The reason you need this one is because it’s so easy to bring along that you’re more likely to have it when you need it.

Why we like it:

For a mere 5 ounces/142g and closed length of 4 in/10 cm, you get the seven tools that most people use most often:

  1. Needlenose pliers
  2. Regular pliers
  3. Hard-wire cutters
  4. Wire cutters
  5. Combo knife (2.6 in/6.6 cm)
  6. Carabiner/bottle opener
  7. Large bit driver

 

Bubm Cable Organizer Bags and Sleeves

From $ 10.99

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What they are: Bags and sleeves for organizing, storing, and carrying your cables, plugs, chargers, cards, and all the other things you normally stuff into one giant pocket and can’t find again.

Why you need them: These bags make it easy to organize your cables, electronic accessories and other small things so you can quickly find what you need. With Bubm and just a little bit of discipline, your days of rummaging through backpacks and unraveling spaghetti bowls of wire are over. Or could be.

Why we like them: These bags are thoughtfully designed and well-made. They protect your stuff with strong fabric, a little padding, and solid zippers. The bags have Velcro dividers that let you customize the interior to optimize space and organization your way.

 

InfiRay P2 Pro Thermal Camera             

Seen from $250

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What it is: A tiny attachment that turns your smartphone, computer, or tablet into a very decent thermal camera.

Why you need it: This bring-anywhere device lets you do something Mother Nature left out of her design brief for humans: perceive temperature differences visually. After you’re done playing around with it and discovering just how cool (?) this ability is by looking at your stove top and learning how poorly insulated your home is, EP pros can use it to detect warm-blooded creatures in the dark (yes, including cold-blooded assassin types) and to perform basic TSCM bug sweeps. It’s a great tool for infrared bug detection to non-invasively detect heat signatures that reveal the presence of hidden electronic devices.

Why we like it: Weighing in at a mere 9 g/0.3 ounces, the InfiRay P2 Pro is tiny (the world’s smallest, according to their website), sensitive (discovers temperature differences as small as 0.04 degrees Celsius), has a wide temperature measurement range (-4 to 1112 degrees F/ -20 to 600 degrees C)) and features a great user interface.

 

Solis 5G Hotspot & Power Bank

Lists for $399 – can be found for less

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What it is: A hotspot that connects up to 16 devices and includes a built-in power bank.

Why you need it: Public Wi-Fi is, well, public – so neither you nor your clients will want to risk that if there is a viable alternative. One alternative is to use your own smartphone as a hot spot. Even though this costs you data, it’s always safer than public Wi-Fi. An even better alternative is the Solis 5G Hotspot. It gives you secure 5G and 4G LTE speeds in more than 135 countries worldwide without the hassle of figuring out new SIMs and separate data plans in each country. With Solis, you pay for one data plan which can be global or local, subscription or pay-as-you-go, 1GB or Unlimited data. All without contracts, all cancelable anytime.

Why we like it: The compact Solis connects up to 16 devices with good bandwidth. It’s rugged enough to stand up to the rigors of life on the road. And the LCD touch screen lets you monitor data usage, signal strength, Wi-Fi credentials, and device and network settings.

 

Lawmate RD-30 Bug and Hidden Camera Detector

$200

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What it is: A compact scanner that is ideal for basic TSCM, the RD-30 detects frequencies between 20 MHz and 6.0 GHz and pinhole cameras.

Why you need it: We hope you already know why basic TSCM is one of the core capabilities of good executive protection teams, so we won’t go into that in this blog. If you know even a little bit about TSCM, then you also know that you need a radio frequency detector in your toolbox to find a variety of devices that use radio signals to communicate. This includes wireless cameras, microphones and other sensors—and GPS and Bluetooth trackers such as Apple AirTags and the Tile Pro. The camera detector adds an additional layer of protection.

Why we like it: This compact handheld device delivers good value for money. It detects wired and wireless GSM (3G and 4G), Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, starts scanning immediately when turned on, and the adjustable antenna helps you locate devices. We also like the less expensive RD-10 from the same company but prefer this one because of its red lens finder.

 

PerfectSteam® 2-in-1 Garment Steamer & Iron by Homedics

$79

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What it is: A combination iron and steamer to keep your clothes looking sharp while traveling.

Why you need it: Depending on the detail or the meeting, sometimes we need to look like we know how to use an iron. Depending on where we’re staying, sometimes we wish we’d brought along our own iron instead of having to make do with the gunked-up ones typically available in many hotel rooms. And this one even has some serious steam!

Why we like it: The compact PerfectSteam heats up fast and does double duty as both an iron and a steamer. The 2-ounce water tank gives up to 10 minutes of steam, plenty to de-wrinkle most things and is capable of zapping odors, bacteria, mites and yes, even bedbugs.

 

Momax Universal Travel Adapter

From $33

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What it is: The MOMAX Universal Travel Adapter combines adapter plugs that connect you to the grid in 150+ countries and powerful chargers with GaN technology for your electronic devices—all in one compact footprint. Available in different versions, from 17 – 100W, and soon 120W.

Why you need it: Having one plug adapter for almost all international travel is a great reason to own one of these. That they double as powerful chargers cinches the deal for us. With one of these in your Bubm bag, you are ready to plug in and charge up almost anything, anywhere. With two of these in your Bubm bag, you’ll be ready to back up whoever left home without one.

Why we like it: MOMAX helps you keep things simple by combining multi-country adapter plugs and versatile chargers all in one compact device (3.03 x 2.16 x 2.11 inches; 6.35 ounces; 7.7 x 5.5x 5.4 centimeters; 180 g). They’ve got multiple USB-C and USB-A ports in addition the the AC outlet. For maximum versatility, go for the 100-watt version, which can deliver 100 watts through each of its 2 USB-C ports – enough to power up 2 laptops at once.

 

CEKKIENA 3-in-1 Carbon Monoxide Detector

$30 on Amazon

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What it is: A compact, lightweight carbon monoxide detector with built-in rechargeable battery that also has a thermometer and a hygrometer.

Why you need it: Ever wonder why Airbnb lets you know whether your rental unit has a carbon monoxide detector or not, or, indeed, why it provides hosts with free CO detectors? That’s because this odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas kills people in their sleep far too often at hotels, motels, and other lodgings. A good CO detector can prevent these tragic accidents, and when they are as light and compact as this one, there’s very little reason not to bring some along for your clients and yourself.

Why we like it: The CEKKIENA does what it should: monitor CO levels. But there are lots of CO monitors that do this. We like this one because it’s small enough (3.3 x 2.0 x 0.66 inches; 8.4 x 5.1 x 1.7 CM) and light enough to pack into almost any bag and easy to bring on a trip. We also like that it runs on a rechargeable battery that should work for about 60 hours.

 

Anker Magnetic Battery Pack (MagGo)

From $50

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What it is: A portable power bank/charger that uses MagSafe technology to attach to your iPhone 12, 13, or 14. Available in 4 sizes and a range of colors.

Why you need it: For just a little bit of added bulk, you double your iPhone’s battery life. Keep it on your phone or in a pocket for the extra power you know you’re going to need.

Why we like it: There are lots of powerpacks out there, and Anker makes plenty of other good ones. If you’re the owner of a fairly recent iPhone, however, extra juice doesn’t get much simpler than this. The slim (0.45 inches/11.5 mm) MagGo has powerful magnets that click right on to the back of your phone and stay there. With the 621 model, you get 5,000 mAh.

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How to turn non-performing EP program into a high-performing program

Transforming a non-performing Executive Protection (EP) program into a high-performing one can be challenging but possible. The underlying objective of every EP program is to ensure the principal’s safety, productivity, and happiness. In most cases, the priority for these objectives remains the same even if the program is underperforming.

Rather than scrapping the program altogether, it’s time for a turnaround. In this blog, we explore Michael Watkins’ concepts of managing business and career transitions to describe the critical issues involved in turning around a corporate EP program that is underperforming.

The Transition Moving from a dysfunctional or unsatisfactory EP program to one that works, ideally keeping the principal and other key stakeholders happy.

Key Objectives Turn a non-performing EP program into a high-performing program.

Key Milestones

  1. Recognition that the EP program is non-performing.
  2. Correct assessment of the root causes of the problem(s)
  3. Creating a turnaround plan that prioritizes key issues and improvement steps
  4. Focus on early wins

Key Challenges

  1. Awareness: The first hurdle to overcome in a turnaround situation is recognizing the need for change. Moving people beyond denial to realize that there are problems – and that change is needed to correct these – is imperative. A SWOT analysis of the program with a focus on problem assessment is essential. Bringing in third-party expertise to conduct these analyses might be more effective than expecting those responsible for creating the situation to rectify it.
  2. Prioritizing the most critical pain points: It’s better to focus on the most critical reasons for the problems and then address them relentlessly throughout the turnaround. The turnaround plan should build on addressing these few core problems, and early wins should hinge on ameliorating their root causes.
  3. Stabilization: In most cases, the program must go on even while the analysis of the problems is taking place. Stabilizing a program while preparing to change it may bring challenges of its own.
  4. Creating a vision for the future: Giving people a realistic image of the light at the end of the tunnel allows them to embrace a shared vision – and to look forward rather than backward. It is important that the vision be clear and compelling, but not so detailed that the turnaround team paints itself into a corner that may be difficult to get out of as the process continues. Creating unrealistic expectations impinges on credibility.
  5. Building credibility: Trust in an EP program is one of the hardest things to rebuild once it has been undermined by poor performance. Therefore, managing expectations through thoughtful communication is essential in all EP turnarounds. Transparency around the turnaround process is important, and those tasked with the turnaround should be as open as possible.

Important Early Wins

  1. Creating consensus on the turnaround plan.
  2. Reorganizing for success.

Here are some tips that can help turn around a non-performing EP program:

  1. Be Proactive in Identifying Problems The first step in turning around a non-performing EP program is identifying the root causes of the problems. SWOT analysis is one of the most effective tools for identifying problems in the EP program. This process involves identifying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that are impacting the EP program. Identifying the underlying issues can provide insight into the necessary corrective measures to be taken.
  2. Prioritize Issues Trying to address all problems simultaneously can be counterproductive. It’s better to focus on the most critical issues and address them first. The turnaround plan should be centered around addressing these core issues. Early wins should also be based on ameliorating the root causes of the identified issues.
  3. Stabilize the Program The EP program must continue to function even while the turnaround is taking place. The ongoing measurement and course correction: Once the EP program is up and running as a high-performing unit, it is important to continually measure success and make adjustments as necessary. This can include regular evaluations of the program’s performance, feedback from the principle and other key stakeholders, and staying up-to-date with best practices and new technologies in the EP field.

Conclusion

Turning around a non-performing EP program can be a daunting task, but it is not impossible. By following a structured approach that includes recognizing the need for change, identifying the root causes of problems, prioritizing the most critical pain points, creating a vision for the future, building credibility, and focusing on important early wins, companies can successfully turn their EP program into a high-performing unit that delivers real value to the principle and other key stakeholders.

Remember that the key to success is to remain focused on the ultimate goal – the principle’s safety, productivity, and happiness. By keeping this objective in mind and engaging in ongoing evaluation and course correction, companies can ensure that their EP program continues to meet the needs of the principle and the organization as a whole, both now and into the future.