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Driving in a Blizzard – The Power of Vision

As I drove away from Holland, Michigan, I knew I might be in real trouble. I had read about blizzards and seen them on TV plenty of times, but I had never experienced one firsthand. Creeping eastward on I-196, the dim outline of dark shapes punctuated the whiteness on either side of my car. I […]

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The Power of Vision – Program Excerpt

The beginning of the year is an excellent time to focus on your vision. I mean, after all, the year is 2020! What bigger hint do you need to take a moment and think about what you would like to see in your future?  © 2020 Charles Marshall. Charles Marshall is a nationally known humorous […]

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It’s a Wonderful Life Leadership Lesson

If you haven’t seen It’s a Wonderful Life, stop what you’re doing right now and go watch it. Then call your parents and ask them why they omitted this crucial piece of awesomeness from your upbringing. I watch it every year and, if the other members of my family are to be believed, I always […]

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Inner-Office Conflict When You Work By Yourself

What can you do about inner-office conflict? For the first several years of my career, I was the sole employee of my company. I was both manager and employee. Receptionist and CEO. I was the one and only occupant of my office, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t conflict between me and my coworker. One […]

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Real Heroes Don’t Wear Spandex

There have been four live-action iterations of Batman in my lifetime.  1] 1960’s Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson pretty much just sat around Wayne Manor all day until they got a call on the red Bat-Phone from Commissioner Gordon. Then they slid down the bat pole and somewhere […]

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SERVE Like Robin

Samantha was talking to her neighbor who was moving out of town and asked him what he’ll miss most when he moves. He answered, “I know it sounds funny, but one of the things I’m going to really miss is my mail lady. She’s just awesome!” Since this wasn’t anything like the answer she was […]

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Disruptive Customer Service

How the next level of customer service can elevate your business and increase sales My assistant recently told my wife that she was considering buying a coin-counting machine. My wife asked her if she had thought of taking her coins to a local bank to use their free coin counter. My assistant replied that she […]

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But Seriously Folks… Creating Marva-lous Customer Service

Maybe it’s time to re-think your goal of customer satisfaction. My family and I spent the entire day in the car driving through a torrential downpour to get to an important event three states away. Both of our kids were cranky and miserable which meant my wife and I were cranky and miserable. We all […]

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Just for Fun – Charles’ Big-Time Super-Helpful Financial Plan

Money is always a stressful subject, but never fear! I’m here to help. Just apply the the following 3 tips and soon you’ll be rolling in dough! 1] Organize your bills. For most people, the subject of bills is unpleasant, but it needn’t be anymore. Instead of ignoring them, I suggest you tackle financial responsibilities […]

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