Rock Around the Block - The Blog of Rock LaManna

What do Donald Trump and the Chicago Cubs Have in Common?

Posted by Rock LaManna on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 @ 08:12 AM

The first answer is obvious: They both pulled off stunning victories in the fall of 2016. The second answer is not: They are both products of successful family businesses. Let’s take a look at why their family business structures work -- even against all odds.

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Topics: Family Business

Lessons Learned: How My Father Sold His Business

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 08:03 AM


When I started working for my father at Vomela in 1975, I knew virtually nothing about the business. But through the years, he would teach me countless life lessons about owning a company and creating a vision to successfully sell a business. 

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Topics: Selling Your Business, Succession Planning, Family Business, M&A, Rock's Story

"Separate Worlds" Help Avoid Family Business Problems

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

George Costanza once learned that “worlds colliding” can kill a relationship. The same holds true when a family sells its business, as family issues clash with business objectives. To reduce friction, you’ll need to separate these two systems of your family business.

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Topics: Selling Your Business, Family Business, M&A

Don’t Ask Your Parents When They Will Retire from the Family Business

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

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Topics: Succession Planning, Family Business, M&A

Relief Without Confrontation from a Family Business Conflict

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

Did you ever notice how a family business conflict can last for years, even though everyone wants it desperately to end?  That’s because no one wants to take that first step and confront another family member. Here’s a better alternative:  Talk about your problem with someone outside the family.

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Topics: Family Business, Strategy

The “Do Nothing” Conspiracy That Derails Succession Planning

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 @ 09:08 AM

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Topics: Succession Planning, Family Business

A Little Known Cause for a Family Business Conflict

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

Psychologists are familiar with the term “transference,” but most owners don’t realize this is often the cause of a family business conflict.  It’s a problem they don’t teach you about in business school, yet affects owners, vendors and employees.

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Topics: Family Business, Strategy

How The BOSS Helps Resolve Family Business Conflict

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 @ 09:06 AM

When you think of the “Boss” of a typical family business, you assume either the mother or the father is running the show.  A successful family business, however, answers to an entirely different “BOSS,” according to LaManna Alliance Family Business guru Tom Hubler.

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Topics: Family Business

What Really Happens During Family Business Counseling?

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, May 29, 2013 @ 09:05 AM

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Topics: Family Business, Strategy

How an Intellectual Property Dispute Can Crush a Family Business

Posted by Rock LaManna on Wed, May 1, 2013 @ 09:05 AM

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Topics: Family Business, Strategy