Malala, Carly and Our Future

December 3, 2012

Women can and should be in every area of human endeavors, most of all at the forefront of human progress. That begins with the ability to study and excel to great heights equal to or exceeding any man.

I follow current events very closely, especially overseas, more so than many people who have never left the confines of this great country of ours. Because I do, I am extremely worried about what is happening to women and girls in the non-western world, where they are being driven back into forced isolation, illiteracy and physical oppression.

One of the few times I close my eyes to politics and current events is when I’m in couch potato mode. And one of my favorite breaks from the stress of life is “Reality TV.” My favorite reality TV show is X Factor, a song competition. But song is not song without passion. So even watching X Factor, I am reminded of that world that awaits us… a world that awaits women – here in American and overseas in very different ways.
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More About Pizza and Pest Control

July 4, 2012

Pizza and The Pest Control Interview

Last year I wrote an article with a humorous title about Dominoes Pizza getting free publicity from all the dominoes (countries) with economies crashing, with reference to how the macro-economy impacts our pest control business outlook. I didn’t think I’d be writing another article with reference to pizza until a few weeks ago.

What Companies Want in the Job Candidate

I was interviewing a candidate for a pest control position who had many years of pest control experience. He didn’t have a real good depth of experience that I would have liked for his years in the field, but I liked his communication ability and his educational drive. He had achieved a B.A. and was working toward a counseling degree. It’s very hard to find blue collar workers who value education, so when I found this guy I felt he had potential.

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Hard to Understand Foolish Employee

February 16, 2012

I often share my feelings about foolish employment practices within the pest control industry.

Without going into detail, this link is about a foolish employee in the pest control industry.
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Morbid Thoughts

April 6, 2011

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Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about death. Perhaps you’ve read my posts about my mom’s rapid aging and dealing with her dying process. Also, my trips to Israel always make me think about life tragedies and “the ultimate sacrifices” that so many there have made for their survival. I think of a few close calls I have had with death. Living in Israel, one is surrounded with stories of deep tragedy. I personally missed being the victim of two terrorist attacks by strokes of luck and timing. But I know others whose families were not so lucky. Not too long ago, my wife asked me to put together a list of things to do if I died and she was forced to run the company. (None of this is to say that I am dying – so don’t worry).
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Unionized Pest Control – Could it happen?

March 5, 2011

Unions are in the news these days with a frontal assault coming from newly elected governors who have promised to drastically trim the costs of government and remove the noose that has been placed around it by unions that can and do bring public services to a stop. In Wisconsin, public employees have taken over the capital as the call for general strikes by public workers go out.
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Crystal Bowersox Opines on Addiction and Abuse – What is the Workplace Response?

February 26, 2011

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Crystal Bowersox has a new hit song out called “Farmer’s Daughter.” I let it play a few times this morning, allowing the words to sink in. Here it is for you. Feel free to play it back a few times, as I did. It’s well worth it.

As a former alcohol and drug abuse counselor, I saw many lives damaged and destroyed. While the themes of abuse were common, such as parental absenteeism, mental abuse, physical abuse, reversal of parent and child roles, sexual abuse and confusion, early death and abandonment, jail time, each one case had its’ own unique enactment and consequences. Naturally, many suffered erratic employment and poor job prospects.
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EBoss Watch – Top 10 Worst Bosses

December 22, 2010

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This morning, as always, I scrolled through the AOL homepage feature stories, some of which I find very interesting, even compelling reading. It’s a great way to start off the day.

This morning, there was a feature story about the “Top 10 Worst Employers”, developed from a review of a website called EBoss Watch .
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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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HEATKTE – A Sam Walton acronym

July 28, 2010

At Walmart, the acronym HEATKTE reflected the perspective of Mr. Sam. HEATKTE meant “high expectations are the key to everything.” The acronym applied to both the results and the means to get there, through the labor force. You can bet that at Walmart, when a goal was set the expectation was that it was going to be met. Just as important was the means to get there.
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What’s Wrong? Pest Control Company, Pest Technician, or Both

July 24, 2010

The following pest control application received on the web is typical of many I receive:

“I currently work for (recognized large pest control company name) since x/2010, i am a (floating) tech. I work with termites and pest control along with doing special services including bed bugs, bees, fleas, etc. I am intrested in working for a good company who pays good and that the managment cares about me as well as for the customers. I love this industry along with the people who come with it. But where I’mm at there is no room to move around, the managment has little respect for us. So it is time to get with a good company.”

What’s wrong here? Is this top name pest control company that bad. Possibly so. There are reasons for bad employee morale. If employees are bad mouthing the company because they feel disrespected, they probably are. Read the rest of this entry »

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