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  • Your brand promise can last a lifetime

    Can you imagine being at the negotiating table to sell your graphic arts business and having a luxury brand name like Ferrari, Tiffany, or Rolex? How incredible would it be to command the top selling price because your company name is so synonymou…
    Rock LaManna 07.10.19

  • When bad behavior infects your company, integrity is the cure

    When bad behavior infects your company, integrity is the cure

    My father taught me to nip bad behavior in the bud. Bad behavior is lying, cheating, stealing, bullying, unfair treatment, or anything that compels an honest and upright employee to head for the door. Left uncorrected, bad characters infect others…
    Rock LaManna 05.31.19

  • Your character counts with banks and lenders

    I was asked through a mutual friend to help a company that was sinking in debt. The mutual friend was concerned because the business owner was assigned to a work out specialist at the bank. In addition, the owner was behind in payments to other cred…
    Rock LaManna 04.05.19

  • One bad contract can spoil your happy ending

    One bad contract can spoil your happy ending

    Instead of enjoying retirement on a sunny beach with a piña colada, you could end up spending your days running a piece of outdated production equipment in a rented space. It’s a sad ending to a brilliant career, and it happens in secret…
    Rock LaManna 03.14.19

  • What most successful people do exceptionally well

    Life is one big transition, isn’t it? You transition into this world from the womb.  Then you go through multiple transitions throughout your life: youth, adolescence, adulthood, school, relationships, marriage, family, career.  And…
    Rock LaManna 11.16.18

  • ‘Kids these days’ can teach Baby Boomers something special

    As I moved into my sixties, I was fully expecting to repeat a phrase uttered by my parents, and their parents as well: “Kids these days.” Yep, I was ready to say it, shake my head, and then start talking about how we used to do thin…
    Rock LaManna 10.12.18

  • We’re Still at Code Red After Five Years

    It was five years ago that I created “12 Code Red Seller’s Mistakes.” This downloadable PDF was designed to be a timely guide for printing owners looking to sell their business. Timely has now become timeless. Five years later…
    Rock LaManna 05.25.18

  • What, when, why and how should you invest in a new product?

    When I attended this year’s Labelexpo and Pack Expo, I was dazzled by the amount of new products being offered in the marketplace. It made me think: What is the process these companies go through to green-light a new product? Or more importantl…
    Rock LaManna 01.20.17

  • An inside look at an equipment manufacturer’s innovative mindset

    An inside look at an equipment manufacturer’s innovative mindset

    “We’re not afraid of initial failures.” It’s a mantra you rarely hear from a company. But at Delta ModTech, these failures are an indication of a much bigger picture: Taking risks. It’s the platform on which this convert…
    Rock LaManna 07.21.15

  • Let’s get to the bottom of how you make strategy

    Let’s get to the bottom of how you make strategy

    If the financial downturn of 2008 changed the way you create your strategy, ask yourself: Why wasn’t I approaching business then the way I’m approaching it now? Prior to 2008, the focus was generally on growth opportunities.  Busine…
    Rock LaManna, Contributing Editor 09.01.12