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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 Narrator: Sean Pratt, Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781596598973
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David Novak learned long ago that you can't lead a great organization of any size without getting your people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused relentlessly on the mission. But how do you do that? There are countless leadership books, but how many will actually help a Taco Bell shift manager, a Fortune 500 CEO, a new entrepreneur, or anyone in between?

Over his fifteen years at Yum! Brands, Novak has developed a trademarked program he calls Taking People with You. He spends several weeks each year personally teaching it to thousands of managers around the world. He convinces them that they'll never make big things happen until they learn how to get people on their side. No skill in business is more important. And Yum!'s extraordinary success (at least 13 percent growth for each of the last nine years) proves his point.

Novak knows that managers don't need leadership platitudes or business school theories. So he cuts right to the chase with a step-by- step guide to setting big goals, getting people to work together, blowing past your targets, and celebrating after you shock the skeptics. And then doing it again and again until consistent excellence becomes a core element of your culture.

This audiobook has specific tools at the end of each chapter that will challenge you to reflect on how you're really doing on key aspects of leadership. And if you apply it, you'll immediately start to improve.

You'll learn how to . . .

  • Get inside the heads of your people. You can't convince them of anything until you see the world from their perspective.
  • Think big. If your sales growth last year was 3.5 percent, don't aim for 4 percent this year, aim for 15 percent. Even if you fail, you'll probably do better than you would have with a smaller goal.
  • Practice "extraordinary authenticity." Show occasional vulnerability and admit when you don't have the answers.
  • Look for good ideas in unexpected places. Novak's team came up with Cool Ranch Doritos for Frito-Lay during a field trip to a grocery store's salad dressing aisle.
  • Choose a can-do mind-set. There's a huge difference between a boss who says "We can try this" and one who says "We can do this!"
  • Cheer for first downs, not just touchdowns. Publicly recognizing and rewarding small wins keeps everyone motivated for the long haul.
  • Get rid of cynics. In many teams one person will reject your values and spread negative energy. Moving that person out will show everyone else you're serious.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “David Novak is the best at leadership, whether teaching it in this book or practicing it.” 

    Warren Buffett

  • “This is the best, most practical hands-on book on leadership I’ve ever read. If you apply these principles, your career and the people you work with will flourish.” 

    Dr. Bob Rotella, sports psychologist

  • “An important book about motivation from a proven motivator.” 

    Jack Welch, former Chairman and CEO, General Electric 

  • “David Novak is a hard-driving CEO with a great heart and soul—and that gives him unique insight into both your own personal development and how to bring out the best in others.” 

    Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
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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 Narrators

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.