Chuck Violand

Chuck Violand is the founder and principal of Violand Management Associates (VMA), a highly respected consulting company in the restoration and cleaning industries. Through VMA, he works with business owners and companies to develop their people and profits. For more information, visit www.violand.com.

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The Plunger

Invented in 1874 by New York confectioner John S. Hawley, the common household plunger was initially patented as a “vent-clearer.” Now this basic yet indispensable...
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Complacency

The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “complacency” as self-satisfaction, especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies. They must have had business...
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Driver Education

In most trade industries, and especially within restoration and cleaning, there is a significant amount of training geared toward helping new frontline hires gain the...
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Distance Running

By Chuck Violand As hard as it may be to believe, there was a time in my life when this body looked like a chiseled...
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On Second Thought: Taking Care of Business

By Chuck Violand Years ago, an older colleague of mine joked, “If I had known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken...
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The Great Wallendas

By Chuck Violand Arguably, the most famous highwire performing family in history has been the Wallendas. Founded by German-born Karl Wallenda in the 1920s, members...
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Sic Transit Gloria’: Lessons in Humility and the Power of Consultants

By Chuck Violand While it might look easy from the outside, one of the most difficult jobs of anyone who advises a business owner—whether the...
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SEAT 24-B: When Opportunity Sits Beside You

By Chuck Violand One of the real beauties of having earbuds or headphones on an airplane is that they help you avoid tiresome conversations with...
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A Close Second

In 1984, Jackie Joyner-Kersee finished second in the Heptathlon in the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. She was a mere five points behind Glynis Nunn, the...

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