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WENDY'S FOUNDER OFFERS BUSINESS MANAGERS AND OWNERS A YARDSTICK FOR MEASURING PEOPLE

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Even though he founded one of the world's largest restaurant chains, with annual sales of more than $3.6 billion, he started out his career in business by getting fired from his first two jobs. But after losing those jobs, a young Dave Thomas realized he would have to show future employers that he was a capable employee.
 "After I lost my second job, my father told me that I would never keep a job and that he might have to support me for the rest of my life," said Thomas, founder and senior chairman of Wendy's International. "He might have been kidding, but I took him seriously. At that moment, I vowed I would learn what it takes to be a successful and valuable employee." He never lost another job.
 When he became a business owner, Thomas measured employees with the same yardstick for success he had developed for himself. As the founder of Wendy's, a company that employs more than 120,000 people, Thomas has plenty of experience in sizing up prospective employees. Some of the skill is just plain intuition, but there are some key measures any employers can use.
 In his best-selling autobiography "Dave's Way" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), Thomas offers six points that make up his "yardstick" for measuring people:
 "Know What You're Asking A Person To Do -- When we started Wendy's, our philosophy was to look for franchisees who were great at running a business as well as building it up. Some people are builders, others are operators. Find the right people for the job you need done.
 "Don't Make On-The-Spot Decisions -- Sometimes you get a 'feeling' about someone, but one of the worst things a manager can do is make a judgment about a person based only on gut instinct. Whether you have a good or bad feeling about someone, it pays to get someone else's opinion.
 "Watch Out For Braggarts -- I'm suspicious of people who brag a lot. Listeners often make the best managers -- you learn more listening to others than talking about yourself.
 "No Substitute For Integrity -- If you're thinking about hiring someone, try to find out how honest, sincere and conscientious that person is. A lack of integrity always gets a person -- and often their company -- in trouble sooner or later.
 "Test People's Convictions -- Sometimes I will argue with people to see how well they've thought something through and how strongly they believe in what they say. Strong convictions are important. Be careful about trusting people who change their story on a dime, just to please you.
 "Measure People With The Right Yardstick -- I like to look for qualities that inspire others in measuring people. Are they passionate and enthusiastic? Are they leaders that people will trust? Would others follow them to the top of the highest mountain?"
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: This news release is one in a series of six featuring tips contained in Dave Thomas' autobiography. The topics include:
 -- Teen Tips for Success;
 -- Teen Job-Hunting Tips;
 -- Six Steps for Reviving a Dying Business;
 -- Establishing "Family Style Management" in Your Business;
 -- A Business Manager's Yardstick for Measuring People;
 -- Overcoming Shyness.
 If you would like to receive any of these releases, contact Jeff Beckman of Ketchum Public Relations, 312-266-4550./
 /CONTACT: Denny Lynch of Wendy's International, Inc., 614-764-3413/
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