Get the Name Right --DeWese
The Department of Commerce began to investigate the recession at the request of the White House. Jimmy Carter was in office at the time and, when he heard it was me that caused the recession, he uttered those famous words, "This devil must be some kind of Mañana Man! He's got to be stopped." Of course, I was audited numerous times, my citizenship was questioned and I had to attend procrastination abuse sessions with numerous congressmen and various members of President Carter's cabinet.
All subsequent administrations, from Ronald Reagan through to George W. Bush, monitor my behavior closely and this is the reason I am forced, against my will, to write this column.
I've taken a lot of abuse for my teensy human frailties. Some people in the printing industry have taken to calling me "Godfather." They played the theme from "The Godfather" at the recent NAPL Top Management Conference whenever I went to the podium.
At home, on the other hand, my spouse, The Dragon Lady, refers to me as The Godfather's incompetent brother, Fredo. This is the thanks I get for nearly 42 years of servitude to Attila the Shrew.
A "Bad" Role Model
So, my friends, you see, this moniker I burdensomely carry, "Mañana Man, is a symbol for you. I symbolize what you must strive to avoid—lethargy, lack of response and lack of preparation. It's symbolic, for excellence is its opposite. I should be a constant reminder for what not to be.
There is one more symbol to remind you to work smart and hard. You know what I'm about to say. "Now, get out there and sell something!"
About the Author
Harris DeWese is the author of Now Get Out There and Sell Something available through NAPL or PIA. He is chairman and CEO at Compass Capital Partners and is an author of the annual "Compass Report," the definitive source of information regarding printing industry M&A activity. DeWese has completed more than 100 printing company transactions and is viewed as the preeminent deal maker in the printing industry. He specializes in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, sales, marketing, planning and management services to printing companies. DeWese can be reached via e-mail at DeWeseH@ComCapLtd.com.