About the Book
Title “Struggles of a family business” – “There was a new power struggle developing about who was in charge. Did my dad run the company, or did I? The problem in hindsight is that we never established a hierarchy in terms of responsibility. I was acting as the role of general manager, but my parents still owned the company. If I gave orders for the day’s business, but my father decided to do something different obviously the employees would do what he said. This created turmoil and a divide between us once again, prompting Angie and I to consider leaving the business and going elsewhere…Man F@#k! I loved my parents but couldn’t see a future that would allow us to work together anymore. The only logicial conclusion I could come up with was either he had to go, or I did. This was one of the most difficult times in my career, because how do you ask the founder of our company to leave, while still in his prime, and not hurt your relationship with your father? Here was my childhood hero, and now I was asking him to leave the very thing he had started…Man F@#k!”
About the Author
Rod F. Marchand is the president and CEO of Marchand Retail Group, Inc. operating multiple businesses including retail, wholesale, and manufacturing.
As a second generation, family-owned business operation, he is excited to welcome his sons into the transition of a third-generation ownership group.
Rod is a proud husband and father of seven children and currently three grandchildren, dedicated to inspiring other entrepreneurs to seek out achieving their dreams and goals!
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
Man…F@#K! is a down-to-earth account of an everyday man’s journey in entrepreneurship. It is a personal and professional peek inside the life of a business owner, husband and father of 7. In this first book published by Rod Marchand, readers can experience the rollercoaster of starting and running a business, with all the accompanying highs and lows. Rod teaches us that no matter how many times you stop and say “man…f@#k!” you shake it off and keep pushing forward.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
I think my book would be directed to anyone aspiring to grow in the job, business or starting a new venture/company. I think I do a great job being real about what it takes to do so.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
I can’t focus on a single book or author, since so many books have inspired me. Some of my favorite books are “Energy bus”, “The seven disfunctions of a team” and “Good to Great” you would have to look up the authors.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
I would say to anyone trying to write a book or enhance their writing to simply do it! I think everyone is unique and unrepeatable, and has a great story to tell!