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A few days ago, The New York Times published an attack piece on Herman Cain trying to poke holes in Cain’s reputation that he is a good manager and executive.
The Times piece was titled: “As Cain Promotes His Management Skills, Ex-Aides Tell of Campaign in Chaos“
What the Times did was interview ex-Cain campaign staffers, some of whom say the campaign is not well run.
The fact that Cain is now leading Romney and the entire GOP field for the Republican nomination in recent polls is certainly solid evidence that Cain is doing something right.
The most potentially damaging item in the Times article was this tid-bit that made Cain sound like a bit of a Captain Queeg. Here’s the quote from the Times piece:
And then there was that e-mail to the staff about traveling in a car with Mr. Cain: “Do not speak to him unless you are spoken to,” the memo said.
“I found it odd,” said a former staff member who liked to prep Mr. Cain for appearances while driving. The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, quit not long afterward, citing the e-mail as one of the deciding factors.
If this is not true, Cain should just say it’s not true and leave it at that.
If it is true (and it probably is), Cain should not sound the least bit defensive about it.
Instead, Cain should give the reporter a lesson on effective time management.
He should say something like this:
I have found over the years that it’s very important to limit unwarranted interruptions when I am focusing on a task that requires concentration. My time is a limited resource. I have a lot of demands on my time. If I did not limit interruptions, I would be constantly responding the agenda of others.
I might be working on a speech I’m scheduled to give in a few hours, or studying a briefing book to make sure I’m up to speed on an issue before I go on ‘Meet the Press’. Whatever it is, I try to focus on the important task at hand.
So what I tell the staff is not to interrupt me when I am in the middle of something unless it’s really something of urgent importance that I must act on right now.
What I ask the staff to do if they need to meet with me is to just schedule a time and indicate what matter it is that we are discussing and needs my attention.
I want the staff to first see if the matter can be handled by the Campaign Manager.
I have learned that a big key to effective leadership is to know how to manage your time. Part of that is to prevent unnecessary interruptions.
Can you imagine people barging into President Obama’s office every time they have a question or a thought or just want to shoot the bull? Can you imagine anyone doing that to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates? Can you imagine Phil Mickelson’s caddie interrupting him when he’s in the middle of a putt?
A big part of leadership is to impose some discipline and to establish rules. Otherwise, you’ll be pulled in every direction and you won’t be able to focus on what’s really important right now.
I frankly don’t have time for idle chit-chat. If you think it’s important to brief me on an issue, just schedule a time for that. Then I’ll decide if we need to meet on it or if the matter can be handled by someone else on the staff.”
An answer like this would reinforce the premise of Cain’s candidacy that he’s is a highly effective, no-nonsense executive. He has no time for bull sessions, idle chit chat, and singing kumbaya with the staff.
He’s trying to become President of the United States, for Pete’s sake.
Steve Jobs used to fire entire divisions at Apple without notice.
When you read through this New York Times piece, you can really see how desperate they are to bring down Herman Cain. And they’ll grasp at any straw to do it. What’s astonishing is how thin the evidence is here for their contention that Cain is some kind of Captain Queeg-type personality.
Is this really all they could get on Cain?
The reporter managed to find a disgruntled former staffer to say he had his feelings hurt when he was instructed to stop interrupting the boss all the time.
This staffer did not even have the guts to let the Times use his name. This staffer would only talk to the Times on condition his name would not be used in the piece.
The Times managed to find other disgruntled ex-staffers to say the fledgling campaign was disorganized, ad hoc, in chaos, and so on.
Well, guess what. Every under-capitalized start-up operation is disorganized and ad hoc at the start.
Do you think Microsoft was instantly humming like a top when young Bill Gates started the company in his family’s garage?
Of course a start-up operation is disorganized. There’s no money to hire people. So you have to prioritize what you are doing. You do what you can. You focus on what’s most important.
I’m sure Cain would have loved to have 40 full-time paid campaign staffers in Iowa and New Hampshire if he could have afforded it. He couldn’t. He had to make do with the resources he had, on a shoestring budget.
Yet Cain is now in the lead. So the proof of his effectiveness is in the result.
Now he’s raising $1.2 million a week. Now he has the money to build a real organization.
Looks like what Herman Cain does with his focus time (when he’s not being interrupted all the time by junior staffers) is paying off big time.
Herman Cain is clearly a master marketer, a brilliant strategist, and an incredible executive.
With the exception of his 2004 Senate race where he lost in the GOP primary, everything Herman Cain has touched has turned to gold — including this spectacularly successful run for the Presidency.
Would not the New York Times provide a far more valuable service to its readers by printing an article on all that Cain is doing right instead of an article featuring unnamed ex-staffers complaining about Cain hurting their feelings?
Could we not all learn a lot from studying how Herman Cain got to where he is in life, including his astonishing status as the front-runner for the GOP nomination for President?
Cain has nothing at all to be defensive about.
Gotta love The Donald. Trump slaps NYT’s Gail Collins upside the head with wet fish. Praises her for surviving so long ‘with so little talent’
DONALD TRUMP: Even before Gail Collins was with the New York Times, she has written nasty and derogatory articles about me. Actually, I have great respect for Ms. Collins in that she has survived so long with so little talent. Her storytelling ability and word usage (coming from me, who has written many bestsellers), is not at a very high level. More importantly, her facts are wrong!
As far as her comments on the so-called “birther” issue, I don’t need Ms. Collins’s advice. There is a very large segment of our society who believe that Barack Obama, indeed, was not born in the United States. His grandmother from Kenya stated, on tape, that he was born in Kenya and she was there to watch the birth. His family in Honolulu is fighting over which hospital in Hawaii he was born in-they just don’t know.
He has not been able to produce a “birth certificate” but merely a totally unsigned “certificate of live birth”-which is totally different and of very little significance. Unlike a birth certificate, a certificate of live birth is very easy to obtain. Equally of importance, there are no records in Hawaii that a Barack Hussein Obama was born there-no bills, no doctors names, no nurses names, no registrations, no payments, etc. As far as the two notices placed in newspapers, many things could have happened, but some feel the grandparents put an ad in order to show that he was a citizen of the U.S. with all of the benefits thereto. Everybody, after all, and especially then, wanted to be a United States citizen.
P.J. O’ROURKE-WEEKLY STANDARD: It was a weekend of great sorrow. On Saturday, January 8, an insane young man tried to kill Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, injuring her horribly. The man then fired his gun into a small political gathering, murdering a nine-year-old girl, a federal judge, a congressional staffer, and three of Giffords’s constituents. Thirteen other people were wounded. In the midst of life we are in death. There is, in this world, no making sense of such events.
Among the worldly, however, there is a temptation to make nonsense. Thus it was that on Sunday, January 9, the New York Times provided a further grief, much less important than the death and mutilation of innocents but shameful nonetheless.