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O Great One!: A Little Story About the Awesome Power of Recognition Hardcover – May 10, 2016
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“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.”
“Any leader searching for the best way to motivate people needs to read this timely, unique, and exceptionally helpful book!”
—Larry Bossidy, former chairman and CEO, Honeywell; coauthor of Execution
“David Novak built YUM! into a great company by bringing out the best in his people. O Great One! shows you how easy it is to help people reach their potential. He is a great storyteller!"
—Rick Pitino, head basketball coach, University of Louisville
“A must-read for every person in any organization. Read it, do it, and watch great things happen!”
—Ken Langone, co-founder of The Home Depot
“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
“An important and colorful book about a topic that is absolutely essential. When people care passionately about what they do, everything falls into place, and customer satisfaction and financial results follow. David's vast experience resonates throughout this book with useful and practical advice.”
– Suzy & Jack Welch
“O Great One! is by far the best book on the power of recognition that I have ever read. It will make a difference not only in your life but also in the lives of people you interact with at work, at home, and in your community.”
– Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager® and Collaboration Begins with You
“David Novak hit another home run with O Great One! His message is clear: when we take care of our people, they take care of everything else.”
—John Calipari, head basketball coach, University of Kentucky
"This heartwarming story will captivate your spirit and challenge your leadership philosophy. Nobody has more credibility to deliver this message than David, who regularly uses the magic of recognition to lead his teams to extraordinary success.”
–Steve Reinemund, former chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
“O Great One! is a sweet story that contains a very important lesson: recognition is the key to creating an open and successful organization.”
–Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase
“No one understands the power of recognition more and has translated it into tangible results better than David Novak. He is the world’s authority on recognition.”
—Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas
“The valuable lessons and insights shared in O Great One! should be applied to achieve powerful results not only in your business but with your family."
–Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO, Target
“O Great One! is an easy read that hits the nail on the head. Successful companies are all about people and this book proves that people work more effectively when they are appreciated and recognized for their contributions to team success.”
—Dr. Bob Rotella, psychologist and performance consultant
“After you devour this thoroughly enjoyable page-turner, buy it for all the leaders and future leaders in your life. It’ll make a huge difference!”
–Bob Burg, coauthor of The Go-Giver and The Go-Giver Leader
“Throughout his career, David has employed these same principles of recognition to drive terrific results. It works.”
–David Cote, Chairman and CEO, Honeywell
"This book reminded me of the power I have to make someone's day by being thankful for what they do. I liked its lessons so much I wanted my entire family to read it. You will love it too."
–Phil Mickelson, professional golfer
About the Author
David Novak is the co-founder and former CEO of Yum! Brands. He has been recognized as “CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive, one of the “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. He created Lead2Feed (the largest privately funded leadership service program in middle schools and high schools) and won the Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education. He is the author of two acclaimed books, The Education of an Accidental CEO and the New York Times bestseller Taking People With You. He is currently launching a new company, OGO Enterprises.
Christa Bourg is a writer, editor, and book packager who lives in Los Angeles.
Top customer reviews
The story is simple and well done. I liked it and the concepts....just wanted a little more to go with it.
This book is written so well and the story is completely engaging. What a great page turner and true inspiration for businesses and families everywhere!
I'll be using the Guiding Principles in my coaching and training work from now on. Thank you!
Most recent customer reviews
David Novak's story really captured the value and power of showing people that you appreciate them!