Anthony DeFrances shot ArrowStream CEO, Steven LaVoie, before turning the gun on himself. DeFrances had been recently demoted, along with many other employees. (Thankfully LaVoie was not killed, although he’s still in critical condition.)
As much as we’d like to believe that our companies are safe, that our co-workers are fine, and that no one we know’s ex-partner will come to your office seeking revenge, it happens. I’m not advocating living in utter paranoia. Workplace murders are not common. You’re far more likely to be killed in a car accident than in a workplace violence incident. Nevertheless, your company needs to be prepared, because it can happen.
Security expert, Gavin de Becker’s book, The Gift of Fear, is a must read for everyone. Business owners should read it today if they haven’t already. De Becker tells you what you should be looking for. The idea that no one could have foreseen, he says, is false. There are always signs, he says. Here are some of his thoughts from this book.
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