Bestselling author and globally acclaimed leadership expert David Novak is the Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with more than 41,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants in over 125 countries and territories.
Novak has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review.
Novak wrote TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen (January 2012), a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller based on a successful leadership program he personally taught at the Company centered on teamwork and a belief in people that rewards and recognizes customer-focused behavior. Proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to the United Nations World Food Programme.
Novak delivers a battle-tested leadership guide to building great companies by developing great talent. He teaches that leaders will never make big things happen until they learn how to get people aligned, enthusiastic and focused relentlessly on the mission. Novak shares the secrets of his unique leadership program, such as: setting big goals but celebrating the small wins to build motivation along the way; winning loyalty by practicing “extraordinary authenticity” and occasionally admitting you don’t have the answers; and getting rid of cynics who spread negative energy to your staff.
Sharing his own experiences and exploring other real-life leadership challenges, Novak pinpoints the strategies that led to successful outcomes and explains how they can be applied to a wide variety of business situations.
You’ll change the way you think about leadership and learn how to get the best from your staff—and yourself—with practical strategies for developing talent, empowering people, building teams and creating a success-oriented corporate culture.
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