What is the State of Physical and Mental Health in the Pest Control Industry?

November 28, 2010

For several years now, the NPMA (National Pest Management Association) has held morning physical fitness workouts in the early morning of its’ National Academy. When I last attended the academy, the overwhelming response of fellow participants was that the workout was fun, relevant, engaging and a great team activity. Kudos to the NPMA for opening up members to consider their physical health as an important part of leadership and organizational well-being. As I reflect back on the activity, I think the NPMA approach was a positive and gentle step in the right direction.
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Dr. Robert Reich and How Politics and Pest Control Go Together

November 19, 2010

So yesterday I had the privilege to hear the famous economist, Dr. Robert Reich, speak at the San Diego Workforce Partnership Forum. This non-profit organization put on a very nice event, hosted at Qualcomm headquarters.

Dr. Reich broke the ice with some self-deprecating humor. To the surprise of everyone who had not seen Dr. Reich before, he’s about the same height as Danny DeVito. This has nothing to do with his stature as a man. He is a very smart, articulate man, who has made a career of serving the public.
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Minimum Wage and High Living – What We Can Do

November 16, 2010

On November 18th, I’ll be going to a lecture persented by Dr. Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor for the Bill Clinton administration. Dr. Reich is also the author of twelve books, including his recently published book, Aftershock, The Next Economy and America’s Future. In preparation for the lecture, I read his new book, which was a surprisingly easy and enjoyable read, that is, for someone who enjoys reading economics.
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The Joy of Cost Cutting

November 11, 2010

Most of us are fans of one sports team or another. At the beginning of each season we enjoy calculating the chances of winning a championship. In the middle, we do some second guessing of players, coaches, managers and ownership. By the end of the season, heads are bowed, wagging from side to side, as we wonder, “How did it come to this?” In the pack of teams, only a few make it to the finals and only one champion team appears.
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Fatigue, Sleep Deprivation and Aging

November 5, 2010

I’ve always enjoyed waking up early. As a child, I woke up approximately 5:30-6:00AM. Hinting as to my age, I’d go down to the basement of our house where we had our TV / play room. I’d sit and stare at the TV, watching the signal pattern until the Star Spangled Banner was sung against the image of the American flag waving in the wind. The first program of the morning was “Modern Farmer.” Quite an appropriate program for a NYC kid in the concrete jungle! Anyway, I loved my morning quiet time to myself downstairs.
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Fatigue

November 5, 2010

Fatigue

A first word of warning to new technicians who underestimate the difficulty of pest control work is, “You’re not a pest control technician until you have survived the summer.”

In Southern California, we thought the summer was over until last week we experienced record temperatures over 100 degrees the 1st week of November!

Technicians are taught to:
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