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Dave Says. Well Done! The Common Guy's Guide to Everyday Success


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ISBN 10: 0310480000 / ISBN 13: 9780310480006
Published by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, 1994
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Small 4to. Blue cloth spine and red paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 224pp. Color illustrations. Near fine/very good. Jacket spine faintly sunned. Tight and nice first edition of the "Wendy's" founder's business guide -- boldly signed and inscribed by him in black fineline on the half-title page: "To Lily / Best wishes / Dave." "Lily" is Lily Tolpo (1917-2016), a noted sculptor and wife of famed Lincoln sculptor Carl Tolpo (1901-76). A color 1996 snapshot showing Tolpo at a podium presenting Thomas with a tabletop version of her life-size "Lincoln-Douglas in Debate" statue (the original of which stands in Freeport, Illinois) with her notes on the verso is laid in, as is an index card with her notes about Thomas. Bookseller Inventory # 38648

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Title: Dave Says. Well Done! The Common Guy's Guide...

Publisher: Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Drawing on examples from his own life and the lives of other successful people, the founder of Wendy's discusses how values based on honesty, integrity, and caring can lead to success in business and in life

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Riding the popularity of Dave's Way: A New Approach to Old-fashioned Success (1991), Wendy International's founder and senior chairman strikes again with this cornucopia of upbeat anecdotal and motivational reflections. Stating that this is about how success can be achieved for ordinary people through doing the right things, Thomas ruminates on a variety of topics organized under chapters entitled Faith, Discipline, Caring, Teamwork, Support, Leadership, etc. When Thomas talks about Wendy operations (for example, instead of hiring a costly market research firm to test-market a proposed taco salad, the company merely purchased chili ladles and taco chips and began selling the salads, which became a popular menu item) or discusses other aspects of his busy life (a recent operation for a benign tumor), the prose moves swiftly. But reflections and thoughts about various individuals (such as a network producer who adopted a teenager) are too short and uninvolving to make much of a mark. This is a somewhat bland mishmash of thoughts and stories penned by a successful businessperson who seems much more personable in his television advertisements. Nevertheless, because of Thomas' successful track record, this will attract readers interested in learning more about what Thomas perceives as the skills, attitudes, and values shared by successful people. Sue-Ellen Beauregard

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