Book Review “Corporate and Workplace Investigations” by Mario Bekes & Clive Smallman

Crime Investigative and Interviewing Techniques

Q&A with Mario Bekes

1. What was the deciding moment to write this book?

I seldom have moments in life which shake me to the core. However, I will not forget that in 2014 my son was diagnosed with a terrible and life treating medical condition which is now over. He was the one who asked me so many times, why do you not write a book instead of always talking over the phone, explaining to others. Funnily enough, he was correct, so in September 2014 I decided to prepare all the information needed for what has become not one, but four books. I approached Dr Troy Whitford and Professor Clive Smallman with this idea and they both supported me in my research, writing and completion of “Corporate and Workplace Investigations — Crime Investigative and Interviewing Techniques-Methods and Applications”, the first book in a series of investigative human intelligence methods and applications.

2. How long did it take from concept to launch?

The concept of writing a book was always inside of me. I am proud to say my knowledge and experience from a life overseas and in Australia is truly tremendous. From when I started my company, Insight Intelligence Group, I always wanted to share my knowledge, however when you start running a business, the priority is your clients, not writing a book. In 2012, I released my first book “Competitive Business Intelligence” to get traction and I must say, it did. Then I became absorbed once more with my business ventures and left my desire for writing until 2016 and saw completion of this book in 2018.

3. How did you perform the research to create the practical content?

I have utilised my rich education and working experience in military, diplomatic and policing roles overseas, as well as my tertiary and academic education, and professional experience in Australia to form the foundation of my research.

4. What was the biggest challenge along the process (and how did you overcome it)?

As you know, English is the last language I learned in my life and the challenge was in defining and describing key components from other languages into English. I must say a big thank you to Professor Clive Smallman who challenged all my hypotheses, knowledge, and experience along the way and above all, for teaching me how to write English, and how to express myself well with academic and corporate language.

5. What was your own reflection along the journey?

Firstly, I am profoundly grateful to all my clients who used my book and engaged me to train their staff, employees, and peers in how to successfully conduct investigations. Knowing that I have contributed to all these businesses and that almost 1500 books have now been delivered to clients across the globe, this is true reflection.

6. What is the outcome in having this book available?

For Professor Smallman and me, it was an achievement we dreamed about for one simple reason. While we already were delivering results for clients, we never had the “time” to write our knowledge, experiences, and research into a comprehensive book, and we seriously wanted to. Needless to say, I was dealing with a world-known Professor and once the first book was completed, recognition and success hit like a tidal wave. The spark grew to write more books and monographs on investigative and human intelligence topics. After this book, I then completed three more books.

7. What would you advise others about writing their book?

Do you have a desire to write? Do it. Do not wait, do not listen to what others think and most importantly, translate your passion onto paper.

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