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What was Herman Cain like as CEO?
CBS News ^ | October 21, 2011 | Laura Strickler

Posted on 10/22/2011 9:51:37 AM PDT by MitchellC

Herman Cain's former employees at Godfather's Pizza recall him as an energetic and dynamic leader. They say he listened to new ideas and went out of his way to remember everyone's name and wanted his team to do the same.

Four times a year, Godfather's executives would hold corporate meetings with all 300 employees in the company's auditorium in its Omaha headquarters. According to two former employees, at each meeting, Cain would pick one executive at random and call them onto the stage to identify each employee by name. If the executive missed any names, they would be required to take that person to lunch.

Cain himself took the "employee of the quarter" to lunch personally and was known for cheerleading his staff. One former employee, Jolene Jeffries, said she can't recall ever seeing Cain angry. She said, instead, he would rally employees by saying things like, "We can do better than this." One employee told CBS News he recalled a day when he and his colleagues went into Cain's office expecting a stern talking to, only to be shocked when he surprised them with bonus checks.

Employees concede that Cain downsized Godfather's after the company was bought from Pillsbury in the mid 1980's but one said, "It was mostly through attrition." One employee said stores were also closed to "stop the bleeding" so the company could become more profitable.

During the downsizing, one employee surprised Cain by offering to eliminate his own job. Bruce Newharth who is now the President and COO of Arrow Stagelines in Norfolk, Nebraska says he helped Cain develop his first "100 day strategy" to turn the company around after it was bought from Pillsbury.

Newharth, who worked as the head of Godfather's training at the time, said when he looked at the restructuring that needed to happen he concluded that his own job was no longer necessary. He says he presented this to Cain saying this move would be "true to Godfather's and to himself". Weeks later Newharth was downsized but he says Cain helped him land a job in worldwide training at Burger King.

Former employees say Cain would regularly solicit and implement ideas from junior employees, even teenagers who worked at the chain's stores.

In the mid 1990's Cain was personally featured in Godfather's TV ads and as a result the company received threatening racist phone calls directed at Cain from the Pacific Northwest according to two former employees. One employee who golfed regularly with Cain, told CBS News that the CEO also faced threats in the South. Because of this, the employee said, Cain would fly from city to city instead of driving due to safety concerns. Former employees said Cain appeared to easily shake off the threats. A campaign spokesman did not respond to a request for comment for this story.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cain; cainbio; ceo; godfathers; hermancain
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1 posted on 10/22/2011 9:51:40 AM PDT by MitchellC
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To: MitchellC

So why didn’t SeeBS ask what Obama was like as a teacher or a student, or a committee chairman? Where was ths kind of research when Zero was running?


2 posted on 10/22/2011 9:55:14 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: onyx; TheConservativeParty; NoGrayZone; BenKenobi; Kartographer; justsaynomore; MNJohnnie; ...

Herman Cain Ping! Photobucket
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3 posted on 10/22/2011 9:55:56 AM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: mkmensinger

Stark contrast!!

Cain’s life is an open book and a good read. BO’s is fiction.

So who yah gonna trust?


4 posted on 10/22/2011 9:59:31 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Cain - touching the better angels of our nature.)
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To: mkmensinger

He’d have my vote, with enthusiasm!


5 posted on 10/22/2011 10:00:12 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: MitchellC
Wow. A pro Cain piece from CBS.

First Fast and Furious and now this.

Are they aiming to become the new Fox News?

6 posted on 10/22/2011 10:01:19 AM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: sodpoodle

Hey SeeBS, run that story on Tuesday morning.


7 posted on 10/22/2011 10:02:46 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (I am a Cainiac)
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To: MitchellC
Cain would pick one executive at random and call them onto the stage to identify each employee by name. If the executive missed any names, they would be required to take that person to lunch

George W. Bush was skilled at names. At the 2nd meeting of his fraternity at Yale the pledges were supposed to know the names of all the members. W passed with flying colors, not only knowing all the names, but something about each one too.

8 posted on 10/22/2011 10:02:54 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: mkmensinger

Actually coming from CBS, this is a very flattering portrayal of Cain. This only reinforces my positive view of Herman.


9 posted on 10/22/2011 10:03:19 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: comebacknewt

I think CBS is just trying to regain a little credibility, They still have a long way to go.


10 posted on 10/22/2011 10:03:38 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: comebacknewt

All we are saying, give pizza a chance!


11 posted on 10/22/2011 10:03:54 AM PDT by outhousepatrol
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To: BenKenobi
Yay! The red X.
I won't be shy from posting the list!
12 posted on 10/22/2011 10:05:18 AM PDT by onyx (You're here on FR so, support it! Compiling New Sarah Palin Ping List! Tell me if you want on it!)
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To: lonevoice

This will put a smile on your face. Yes We Cain!


13 posted on 10/22/2011 10:06:09 AM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: onyx

I’m not sure why it keeps cropping up. *sigh*. I’m using the code you sent me.


14 posted on 10/22/2011 10:08:31 AM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: MitchellC

Again, See B.S. “News” is verrrrrrrrrrry interested in the background of Republicans, but have been totally uninterested in the background and massive black holes in the life of Hussein.

They also refuse to report, by and large, the failures of his policies.

See B.S. “news” is another part of the Hussein Cult.


15 posted on 10/22/2011 10:10:04 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: comebacknewt
You're not the first to notice a rash of some conservative friendly coverage from CBS.

Maybe some reasonable person has managed to “OccupyCBS” and realized the left view of the news is already well covered...it could happen.

16 posted on 10/22/2011 10:10:23 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: MitchellC; Just Lori; Libertina; Lexinom; horatio; freebird5850; Horatio Gates; Ramius; ...
WA Ping


"In the mid 1990's Cain was personally featured in Godfather's TV ads and as a result the company received threatening racist phone calls directed at Cain from the Pacific Northwest according to two former employees."

Imagine that. Death threats from the liberal land of peace and love.


17 posted on 10/22/2011 10:10:24 AM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: MitchellC

GO Cain! Go!


18 posted on 10/22/2011 10:14:50 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (YES WE CAIN!!!)
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Are You A Whining FReeper?

Got A Gripe So You Won't Donate?


Click The Pic

Isn't That Like Setting Fire To Your Own Home?

When FR Is Gone, Where Will You Go Then?

19 posted on 10/22/2011 10:15:39 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Baynative

In the mid 1990s, I suspect that racial threats from the PNW towards an accomplished black man were most likely coming from Northern Idaho. That would be my guess.


20 posted on 10/22/2011 10:30:53 AM PDT by lonevoice (The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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To: BenKenobi

I couldn’t see what is causing that x...I will take anotherlook...LOL.

Did you see my ping to you big bad easter bunny’s post to Herman Cain Face book page?

He started a “FReepers For Herman Cain on FaceBook”!

I thought a PING to the List was in order for that!

I posted at FaceBook on the page.


21 posted on 10/22/2011 10:31:13 AM PDT by onyx (You're here on FR so, support it! Compiling New Sarah Palin Ping List! Tell me if you want on it!)
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To: MitchellC

Here is the reason why I like Herman Cain despite his lack of political experience, it is because he is a LEADER. A leader finds the right people to put in the right places and doesn’t need to know the specific details of all issues. A leader inspires others from a set of core beliefs. I believe Herman Cain is that type of person.


22 posted on 10/22/2011 10:31:32 AM PDT by DirtyDawg (eat fruit)
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To: MitchellC

From the article:

“Employees concede that Cain downsized Godfather’s after the company was bought from Pillsbury . . .”

The author makes this point as if it was something Cain should feel guilty about - in fact, it’s almost certain that without those downsizing measures the company wouldn’t have survived, meaning that instead of some folks losing their job, *everybody* would’ve lost their job.

Which is relevant, because if there’s one thing we need, it’s somebody with the balls to downsize the federal government, a proposition that is sure to lead to wailing and gnashing of teeth in the MSM at a level we can scarcely imagine.


23 posted on 10/22/2011 10:31:32 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: MitchellC
Sounds a lot like our old boss at United Airlines, Bill Patterson. Then the hotel and college management genius people took over and commenced to run the worlds largest (and some say greatest) airline right into an unflushable toilet. Remember Alegis?
24 posted on 10/22/2011 10:31:49 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: MitchellC

Well let’s see....I have gone from backing MB, to Perry, to urging Sarah to run only to last week sending Cain a contribution. Newt has moved to the “on-deck” circle. Something about Herman’s personality has me rooting for him to stick. I’m really tired of being disappointed by our “keystone” group of candidates.


25 posted on 10/22/2011 10:32:12 AM PDT by Kahuna
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To: Pride in the USA

You’re right, it does. Thanks for the ping!


26 posted on 10/22/2011 10:32:12 AM PDT by lonevoice (The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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To: lonevoice

Good point!


27 posted on 10/22/2011 10:35:52 AM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: onyx

Sure did. I’m a member now! Shame they don’t let us see the other freepers.


28 posted on 10/22/2011 10:35:56 AM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: DirtyDawg

I agree with your assessment. He knows how to lead, how make the hard choices and he doesn’t crush people to do it he actually elevates them.


29 posted on 10/22/2011 10:45:09 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: mkmensinger

Wonder what Obaba was like when he was a CEO?


30 posted on 10/22/2011 10:45:24 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (Obama, the most corrupt and incompetent President since Carter.)
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To: BenKenobi

RLY?
I posted my comment and then wrote (onyx) so everyone would know. My picture posted with my comment.


31 posted on 10/22/2011 10:51:55 AM PDT by onyx (You're here on FR so, support it! Compiling New Sarah Palin Ping List! Tell me if you want on it!)
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To: OldArmy52
"Wonder what Obaba was like when he was a CEO?"

How on earth did you obtain his sealed records?.....

/s for those "above the head" types.

32 posted on 10/22/2011 10:53:04 AM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Get ready for an aberration of historic proportions" - Herman Cain)
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To: mkmensinger
So why didn’t SeeBS ask what Obama was like as a teacher or a student, or a committee chairman?

Exactly!
33 posted on 10/22/2011 10:54:13 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: onyx

Yeah, but most of the folks there we can’t see, sadly. :)

Oh well.


34 posted on 10/22/2011 10:54:42 AM PDT by BenKenobi (Honkeys for Herman! 10 percent is enough for God; 9 percent is enough for government)
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To: mkmensinger
Where was ths kind of research when Zero was running?

Even the MSM has limited resources. They were devoted to important things like the status of Joe the plumber Wurzelbacher's trade license and the DNA of Palin's Downs Syndrome child.

35 posted on 10/22/2011 10:57:47 AM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: BenKenobi

I just looked. You’re right.
:(


36 posted on 10/22/2011 11:00:14 AM PDT by onyx (You're here on FR so, support it! Compiling New Sarah Palin Ping List! Tell me if you want on it!)
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To: Stosh

Cain is the only candidate I trust who will actually carry through with “downsizing” the Imperial Federal Government.

He has my vote, even if he does play golf.


37 posted on 10/22/2011 11:04:37 AM PDT by JohnKinAK
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To: JohnKinAK
He should pick Sarah Palin as his running mate then we'll have a real downsizing team at the helm. Both have serious experience at it.

Cain/Palin '12

38 posted on 10/22/2011 11:08:36 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: JohnKinAK

ditto.


39 posted on 10/22/2011 11:09:16 AM PDT by ken21
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To: BenKenobi

I’ve been on the Cain Train since day one. He’s a good man, conservative and NOT a politician. Maybe he’s made a few mistakes here in there but frankly, when he sits down in George Bush’s former office on day one, he’ll be just fine, mistakes forgotten!


40 posted on 10/22/2011 11:10:16 AM PDT by Lucky2 (Herman Cain = Smartest man to run for president and with the most common sense.)
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To: lonevoice
My guess would be from among the Earth First terrorists in Portland; then there's the Democrat party in Seattle ~ I've heard they are into this stuff.

Frankly, I doubt the guys in Boundary County would want to pay the long distance phone charges.

41 posted on 10/22/2011 11:22:07 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: MitchellC
The more I read about Cain's business career, the more I like him. Sounds like he was a motivating leader who challenged his subordinates to excel (rather than beating them down as many executives in that industry tend to do).

Imagine having somebody in the White House who actually spent most of his life in the real world? Imagine a President who was not born into privilege - who actually pulled himself up by his own bootstraps and succeeded on his own merit? One who knows what it is like to sweep a floor or clean a toilet. One who has had to overcome adversity such as racism and cancer. One who has achieved so much in so many different fields (academics, business, banking, media) and one who does not see "public service" as a career.

Well, we have an opportunity to put such a man in the White House in Herman Cain. If elected, this will be a president who is not beholden to anybody but the American people. Only a true outsider like Herman Cain can shake up the federal government.

Along with a Tea Party Congress, President Cain will truly advance the conservative cause and help bring the American people together.

42 posted on 10/22/2011 11:23:27 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Kahuna
I like your post♥ haircutter~~PA.
43 posted on 10/22/2011 11:29:43 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: SamAdams76

AMEN


44 posted on 10/22/2011 11:30:44 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: comebacknewt
Are they aiming to become the new Fox News?

FOX {Greta} had that fat faced pimp Rove on the other night and he was so negative about Herman, if you didn't know better, you'd have thought that it was Herman that got 4% instead of the 31% that he got in the Nevada straw poll {after the debates}.

BTW, it was ricky {you got some splaining to do} perry, that got the 4%.

Rove is so high on mittens I fully expect to see him offer a lewinsky to mitty on national TV.

45 posted on 10/22/2011 11:34:53 AM PDT by USS Alaska
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To: USS Alaska

This time it’s OUR TURN to shove it in the GOP establishments faces. How about WE get to pick the candidate of our choice.
Dream the impossible dream.....vote Cain.


46 posted on 10/22/2011 11:45:35 AM PDT by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: DirtyDawg

Exactly. And leaders are born, not made.


47 posted on 10/22/2011 11:48:47 AM PDT by Matchett-PI (Obamageddon, Barackalypse Now! Bam is "Debt Man Walking" in 2012 - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: tflabo

Absolutely!!!

Also so tired of hearing how it’s a horse race in terms of amount of cash raised. Sometime tells me our Founding Father would be appalled at that notion.

So, who cares how many rich friends someone has. It’s just influence buying, plain and simple.

I want a leader who can influence my HEART and who motivates others by his leadership, not his ability to grant favors and create winners and losers, or divide and conquer.


48 posted on 10/22/2011 11:53:27 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: MitchellC

Cain is a leader of men. A stark contrast with Obama.


49 posted on 10/22/2011 11:53:47 AM PDT by jwalsh07 (t)
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To: LibsRJerks

He knows how to lead, how make the hard choices and he doesn’t crush people to do it he actually elevates them.

******
The sign of a successful and beloved leader. There are leaders, and then there are leaders. Too many out there just want to climb over the smashed fingers of others in their way. Really makes you wonder about their character.


50 posted on 10/22/2011 11:55:45 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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