Rigans Just Want To Have Fun

August 20, 2011

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During my spring trip to The Baltics, we stopped in Riga, the “Paris of the East.” The city lived up to my expectations. The old city was beautiful. The cafes were alive. The food was outragiously delicious.

Oldtown Riga

Oldtown Riga cafe scene

In a part of the world known for political drama, oppression and economic distress, what I found most profound, was the humor and joy with which the people go about life. Certainly, Latvians have had much to be happy about. Since the demise of the former Soviet Union, Latvia has experienced remarkable economic growth and political freedom. Still, when the United States suffers a cold, the world catches the flu. That was true in Latvia as well, where huge numbers of people lost there jobs in the last few years. Nevertheless, in Riga, people were out in the streets having fun, funny fun, downright silly fun.
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What Were You Thinking?

July 11, 2011

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Risk taking is a necessary part of business. If you can’t take a risk and still sleep, you really should not own a company, not to mention a pest control or termite company, that facing liability risks each and every day at every service visit and between services.
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Dominoes Gets Free Publicity

April 24, 2011

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Dominoes Gets Free Publicity from Economic and Political Mess

Dominoes Gets Free Publicity from Economic and Political Mess

Dominoes Pizza is the only lucky winner with huge free name recognition the past few years of:

Financial Dominoes
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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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It’s Still the Economy, Stupid… and then again, maybe not so much.

October 17, 2010

In the 1992 presidential campaign, Bill Clinton rose to office on the theme, “It’s the Economy, Stupid!” Well, it still is all about the economy. The 2008 elections will largely be based on economic concerns that have not disappeared. While statistics and surveys can lie, based on how they are presented, occasionally you can obtain data from neutral sources or you can weigh the preponderance of the evidence to draw conclusions.
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Pest Control Ground Shifting

October 17, 2010

Can you feel the ground shifting in the pest control market?

The companies that are doing well have done a good job of experimenting in new markets. Some choices are missteps. Some are really big mistakes! But at least if your company is exploring new markets, new ideas, new ways of doing business, than something good may come of it, so long as the pest control company does not over-allocate resources and money to untried ideas. Read the rest of this entry »


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