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Leadership Is Common Sense Hardcover – November 1, 2000


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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Tapestry Pr; 2 edition (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930819021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930819023
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Herman Cain is the CEO/President of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company, specializing in keynote speaking. Herman hosts a weekly radio talk show, The Bottom Line". Herman is the former Chairman of Godfather's Pizza, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and Board of the National Restaurant Association.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I read this book after seeing the author talk about the book on several talk shows earlier this year. Mr. Cain is the epitome of the American rise to success story. His life story is one of hard work coupled with the burning desire to succeed. The obstacles he has faced will ring familiar to many. He has also included the "three plus three" leadership guide that drives his life and that has inspired me in my life. If you want more out of life, inspiration to move on and change, or if you want to improve your leadership skills read this book
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Butcher Man on January 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I first saw Herman Cain as a keynote speaker at a project management professional seminar. His speach blew me away. Since then I've been a huge fan. I purchased this book and it, like his speech, as outstanding. A great read from and about a great man, with great advice about leadership.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By O E on August 4, 2011
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A leader with Common Sense does not make any way near as many mistakes as others and I believe that this book by Herman Cain shows that he is one of those people with Common Sense. OEH
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schonbek on October 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Read this book if you want insight into Herman Cain, unvarnished by present day presidential packaging.

This book, published in 1997, presents the Hermanator's (a nickname he seems to enjoy) leadership theory, and illustrates it with practice from his business career.

Cain's "Three Plus Three" model of leadership (fifteen years before the 9-9-9 tax plan) is about three critical qualities a leader must possess, and three critical things a leader must do.

There's nothing earth shaking here; but after all, it's common sense. According to Cain, leaders must have -

* The ability to recognize that people motivate themselves;

* The ability to take risks and make the tough decisions;

* The ability to block out the unnecessary and concentrate on the necessary.

Given these capabilities, what the leader must do is -

* Remove the barriers which prevent people from being self motivated;

* Lead, taking the actions required to achieve desired results;

* Inspire the passion within people to perform better than expected.

Cain comes across as hard working, straight forward, focused, and very goal oriented as he rises through the ranks of a number of corporations eventually becoming CEO of Godfather's Pizza. The reader also learns much of his values, as he speaks often of his faith, his family, and what he sees as important in life.

Here's a key paragraph that describes his political thinking circa 1997:

The federal budget deficit which threatens our economy is a problem of shared sacrifices, not a problem of raising more taxes.
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