The Leadership Library Podcast

Morning coffee is one of the joys of life. When you add your Cup of Joe to your visit to the Leadership Library podcast  your morning coffee will add an educational, entertaining and a dose of leadership octane to your day! Our Podcast will focus on Leadership and Legacy as we create  AHA moments from my book, Tighten The Lug Nuts and my over 40 years of Boots on the ground Leadership experience. Great leaders challenge their people NOT TO STOP AT THE FIRST RIGHT ANSWER. Tighten The Lug Nuts and these visits to the leadership library will help you move past that first right answer. The detailed examples are organized in an educational and entertaining way to form a framework of real-world concepts. The book serves as a blueprint that can be easily applied by leaders, entrepreneurs, and all of us in our everyday lives. I hope your enjoy the shows!

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“Rocky Romanella has written a highly useful and highly readable book for ANYONE wishing to be a more effective (and happy) leader. His story-telling approach makes the book an entertaining read, and the lesson summaries that complete each chapter serve as a blueprint for putting the information into practice. I’d recommend Tighten the Lug Nuts to new leaders as well as experienced leaders. If you don’t learn something from this book, you’re not trying!”

– DENNIS SNOW, Speaker, Consultant, and Author of Unleashing Excellence: the Complete Guide to Ultimate Customer Service and Lessons from the Mouse


Business Leadership Book

Great leaders challenge their people NOT TO STOP AT THE FIRST RIGHT ANSWER.

Tighten The Lug Nuts is that book that will help you move past that first right answer and is full of detailed examples that are organized in an educational and entertaining way to form a framework of real-world concepts. This book serves as a blueprint that can be easily applied by entrepreneurs and managers.

This is one of the best leadership books you can read to help you accelerate towards your personal and professional goals.

Whether you are a seasoned professional or a first-time manager, Tighten The Lug Nut is not only motivational but also a call to action for those who have yet to make a mark in their field.

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Rocky is an expert at leadership instruction through story-telling and has created a guide that any manager can relate to and put immediately into practice. Joe Scafone’s experiences are parables written by an author who practiced what he preached. These lessons are authentic and timeless!
Tim Davis

President, The UPS Store, Inc.

This was a quick read that had a powerful, ...

” This was a quick read that had a powerful, direct message to understand and more importantly put into action. Rocky’s skills in managing people and customer service are on clear and obvious display in his humorous and interesting stories. You will keep this book close by for quick reference and motivational value. Tighten the Lug Nuts is a testimony to the success of Balanced Leadership! “

Unique business and motivational book

” A unique business and motivational book. A journey of wisdom passed along through an endearing story and character. ”

Five stars

” Motivational and inspirational. A must read for all levels of business management. ”

Tenets of Successful Leadership

” Anyone interested in a look at the tenets of successful leadership through the eyes of a hands-on leader will find this book especially practical and useful. ”

Relatable, honest, and inspiring.

” I appreciate how Rocky makes leadership accessible to those of us everyday heroes. No matter our title or our role in life, we are leaders. ”

This book is tight! Awesome book!

” This is a great book on leadership and balanced leadership. It was a fun read following Joe day to day and lessons of leadership that are applied everyday. ”

This is not your typical 'business' book

” This is not your typical ‘business’ book. It is a fun and quick read which I found myself referencing multiple times as I thought through the meaning of leadership & work-life balance. Each chapter is told as a story with an ending including bullet points of key takeaways to learn from ”

Excellent, enjoyable read presented by a humble business behemoth.

” I had the pleasure of meeting Rocky Romanella at a Princeton business collaborative as he was the guest speaker. At that time I purchased his book and had it signed. Tighten The Lug Nuts is chock full of leadership strategy yet personal in tone. Be true. Be accountable. Be present. Be successful. I truly enjoyed this book and intend to keep it handy as a sort of “business bible”. ”

I truly appreciated this book and the author's insights. ...

” I truly appreciated this book and the author’s insights. This book truly exemplifies how important it is to inquire about one’s values and their development, execution and commitment through thoughtful, purposeful, intentioned choices and actions, not just professionally but in all aspects of life. It is my contention that this book should be required reading for any course in business ethics! ”

Not Your Average Book on Leadership

” As a small business owner, I’ve read a ton of books on business that aim to make you a better leader and entrepreneur. Most are paint by number and give you the impression little thought was put into them, but this book is engaging with a deep personal touch. You can tell the author really cares about his message. It’s an entertaining read with a unique look at what it means to be a leader, full of anecdotes that will make you want to be a better person. Definitely recommended. ”

The little things matter

” The author does an excellent job relating values that cross over from his personal life into his business life. Learning is a lifelong mission and most of the time it is what you learn from others closet to you has a life long impact. You also learn from family, friend and the people you work with, trying to pick up what is good and using that yourself. The book comes across as genuine with a lot of emphasis placed on doing little things for other people goes a long way. The book makes you think about the way you treat people matters and making people feel good about themselves is uplifting, for both you and them. I enjoyed the stories and it tied into the business world. This is an excellent read for anyone looking to improve how to build relationship and influence people in their lives. ”

Great Leadership Book!

” My father is a retired UPS driver and would speak very highly of Rocky’s leadership when I was a young man. I joined the Marines at 19 and spent 10 years on active duty. During that time, I learned many leadership traits and styles, as well as studied at advanced leadership academies. Rocky’s book has had exponential benefits in my leadership capabilities and influence. By knowing who you are, what you stand for, and that you should never compromise your values, Rocky gives you the tools necessary to ensure a successful outcome from even the most complicated scenarios. Building strong relationships through communication can be difficult, but through practice and honesty Rocky gives you the tools and empowerment required of a successful leader.

I look forward to more work from Rocky, and often listen to his podcast appearances whenever possible. ”

Love it! Read it twice

” Love it! Read it twice. Working on tightening my own lug nuts! Ordering several copies to give to my clients. Incredible information for business, leadership and life! ”

I loved this book

” I loved this book, it was funny, heartwarming and good common sense, I highly recommend it for anyone in management…Good entertaining read for anyone. ”

Quick read loaded with insight

” Really quick read with a wealth of insightful anecdotes to help any aspiring leader or manager. Thank you Rocky Romanella! ”

Five Stars

” Excellent reading! ”

Excellent Leadership Advice

” Every chapter leaves you with key takeaways on how to lead and be a good person. His stories help you remember his key teachings and also leave you smiling. ”

Great business and life lessons in a casual story - well done!

” Very valuable lessons that can apply to anyone… from those just starting out in their career on up to senior C-suite leaders. Will remember to keep the lug wrench close by at all times! ”

Jim L.

” I really liked this book. It was the perfect combination of humor, insight and sound principles. It was a great read about what it takes to be a leader in business and in everyday life. “Tighten the Lug Nuts” is well written, clever and will make one reassess their own view of balanced leadership. ”

Five Stars

” Great book! Very practical and perfect for today’s business environment. Would definitely recommend. ”

in this very easy to read book

” Rocky explains, in this very easy to read book, the complex subject of leadership.But even more rewarding is how he shares his years of experience and knowledge both personally and professionally with us as he explains his principles of balanced leadership. Tighten the Lug Nuts explains why values are the foundation for every goal we hope to achieve. A must read for anyone especially those in roles of responsibility or striving to be the best they can. ”

The story is filled with funny, easily digestible parables chock full of clear

” This book arrived last night and I just finished it a day later. It was an inspiring read with many powerful messages, particularly for me the cathedral story, and the concept ‘without purpose we drift, with purpose we steer’. The story is filled with funny, easily digestible parables chock full of clear, concise lessons on how to lead in all aspects of your life. After reading it, I can certainly say it left me way better then it found me. Now time to go tighten some of my own lug nuts. ???? ”

Excellent Leadership Book!

” Just finished this book today. Excellent and easy read. The way Rocky tells stories is amazing and the tips and overall theme of the book can be applied to any business and all levels of employees. It’s very simple and straightforward information. Lots of books out there that focus on leadership and similar topics are long winded and drawn out where this is straight to the point and easy to take action on within your own professional career. Hope Rocky puts out some more books! ”

The Un-Undercover Boss' narrative on leadership

” An extremely entertaining (and quick) read rooted in real world experience, relatable circumstances and countless lessons on Balanced Leadership. Rocky uses his story telling ability to showcase how some of ‘Joe Scafone’s’ most important life lessons (regarding leadership) came from not only the most important and closest people to him but also from some chance encounters with unexpected individuals.

I’m guaranteed to find myself referring back to his anecdotes and applying his principles for years to come as I continue to work towards becoming a stronger leader and creating my own legacy. ”

Valuable insights for all leaders

” After a rich career that is still going, Rocky shares valuable insights on how to be a leader in a holistic way – by marrying his life philosophies with his business acumen, and telling it in an airplane trip setting that grabs and holds attention by being simple and profound at the same time. This is a great read for anyone who at any time is in a leadership position – which as Rocky points out, is all of us at some point in our lives. So, it is a great read for all, but especially for business leaders who want to hone their approach and be proactive about their legacy. Well done Mr. Romanella, thank you for taking the time and care to share this wisdom. ”

Balanced Leadership

” I thoroughly enjoyed This book and I highly recommend for all levels of management and leadership to read. It’s a culmination of an impressive career told through the eyes of “Joe” full of humor, parallels of Italian-American heritage and stresses the importance and criticality of morality, character and honesty as key components to be a successful leader. It’s a culmination of an impressive career and something I will refer back to often, it’s a well-articulated manifesto on how to live our lives in a demanding environment! ”

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Visit Our Podcast Interviews With Rocky!

Rocky’s Virtual Interview with Malcom Gallagher from BTV

Focusing on “ WHY VALUES MATTER” in all we do!

a.    Keynote Speech
b.    Book Club
c.    Breakout Session
d.    Book Signings
e.    Small Group sessions

About the Author

Rocky Romanella

Rocky Romanella was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey in an Italian family. He began a 36-year career with UPS on June 15, 1976 as a part-time loader and unloader. From there, Romanella climbed the ranks to become President and General Manager of UPS Supply Chain Solutions.

About the Author

Rocky Romanella

Rocky Romanella was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey in an Italian family. He began a 36-year career with UPS on June 15, 1976 as a part-time loader and unloader. From there, Romanella climbed the ranks to become President and General Manager of UPS Supply Chain Solutions.

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