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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Novak, Christa Bourg Narrator: James Anderson Foster Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781511367981
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A parable about the secret to engaging and motivating people to do great things in all walks of life, by the bestselling author of Taking People With You.

Based on real experiences that David Novak had as the Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, this parable will empower readers to recognize the contributions of those around them in order to drive bigger and better results. It’s not hard, it’s not expensive, and you don’t need an MBA or even a position of authority to do it. It’s a deceptively simple principle that can have a huge impact on both your life and your business.

Jeff Johnson, the new CEO of The Happy Face Toy Company, has one year to save his family’s famous toy company, which has fallen on hard times following the death of his father. If Jeff fails, the whole company will fail. As he races to save his family’s legacy by getting the company back on track, Jeff encounters downtrodden factory workers and an uninspired executive team. Then a birthday gift from his grandson gives Jeff an important insight into why business is suffering: the secret ingredient to making people happy and engaged is missing.

During his time as CEO of Yum!, Novak harnessed the power of employee recognition to revitalize the culture. The principles he lives by, from handing out personalized awards to coaxing office culture into life, are at the core of this parable. Novak recently founded OGO Enterprises, the world’s first recognition brand focused on appreciating all people for who they are and what they do.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you want to improve your life and the lives of those around you, just apply the ten principles my friend David Novak lays out in this book.”

    Warren Buffett

  • O Great One! is a real page-turner. Through this insightful and elegantly written story, he does a brilliant job illustrating how recognition—a simple concept that is all too easily taken for granted—can be a potent force, motivating people to perform at their highest levels.”

    Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

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About the Author

David Novak is the chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc. All three of the company's restaurant chains—KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell—are global leaders in fast food. Prior to leading Yum!, Novak was president of both KFC and Pizza Hut and held senior management positions at Pepsi-Cola. He’s been featured as one of the world’s 30 Best CEOs by Barron’s, one of Fortune’s Top People in Business, and one Harvard Business Review’s 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World.

About the Narrator

James Anderson Foster was born and raised on the West Coast, and even though he’s lived in the Midwest for over a decade now, still considers Oregon home. Nominated for Voice Arts Awards for best audiobook narration in the science fiction, fantasy, and mystery categories, James has been praised for his conversational delivery and ability to sound exactly like the voice you were imagining in your head.