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"Novak, chairman and CEO of YUM! Brands, offers powerful and sincere directives for creating a cohesive, success-oriented corporate culture... Much of it could have felt familiar, but it's presented with clarity, contagious enthusiasm, organization, and accessibility... Business people at all levels will find something of value." — Publishers Weekly

"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

"A must read for all leaders. David shares thoughts and tools on how to develop good talent into great talent." — Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

"David Novak is an inspiring leader and a very astute student of the art of management." — Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal

"Novak shares his deep understanding of leadership: including everyone, the importance of a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and relentless implementation, the power of positive recognition and continuous improvement forever. What a gift he is giving all of us!" — Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company

"David Novak is a great CEO. A lot of people claim to be good people managers, but Dave has actually made the investment to train the next generation of leaders at Yum. You will enjoy Taking People With You for its common sense approach to, well, taking people with you." — Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO, General Electric

"While it appears easy to some, bringing people together and obtaining the best from each, as well as creating an aligned team, is an immense challenge. David Novak has led this effort without parallel, and those in leadership roles will find Taking People With You both an invaluable asset in their own development and their company's quest for success." — Larry Bossidy, former Chairman and CEO, Honeywell

About the Author

David Novak is the chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc., which operates in more than 112 countries and employs 1.4 million people. 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 of the "100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World" by Harvard Business Review.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781591844549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591844549
  • ASIN: 1591844541
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My adorable husband offered me this book when my airplane book was finished -- it is a quick read, although not my usual thing. Nonetheless, I found several good ideas that applied to my work of making a home and raising children and educating them.

Here is what I found:

+Tell it like it is, and like it could be. Don't shy away from uncomfortable facts (you are an A+ student doing C- work. I'd like to see you join the sports club you are interested in, so I need to see you really work hard toward a goal of better grades. Let's talk in 1 month. Get all B's or better until then.)

+Imagine a hotshot replaces you at your work. What are the first three things they would change? CHANGE THEM YOURSELF.

+Don't pretend, just so you can fit in. Be authentic.

+You were born to be an original. Don't be a copy.

+Ask people, what would you do if you had my job? Even better in my situation -- ask a kid to take over your job for a morning/day.

+Say thank you. People's feedback, even critical (or sassy) might be right on target. Say thank you to anybody who tells you off.

+Use the "Hit by a Bus" strategy. If I got hit by a bus tomorrow, would this family continue to operate in my absence?

+Create one big message. Mine for this year is "Warm Welcome." If Oprah stopped by my house with a camera crew, would I be able to welcome them in, or would I be too embarassed by the condition of my house? Shouldn't I offer a warm welcome not only to strangers and company, but also to my husband and kids when they walk through the door? What steps can we take to make that a reality?
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I've had the privilege and pleasure to read, study and learn from many excellent books on leadership.

Building a team of inspired and productive people is not necessarily an easy thing to do. Every so often though, a great leader comes along who knows how to do it...and does it! Such a man is the author, David Novak.

How to do it is what this book is all about. And, as Mr. Novak teaches, it's understanding what drives and motivates others that truly makes a difference. It's also a matter of truly desiring for those on your team to enjoy their work and feel a sense of self-satisfaction.

Yes, there is a dearth of leadership in corporate America today. This is inexcusable because - in the private sector - a company must please consumers in order to earn their business and make a profit. And, the best companies earn the buy-in of their team members in order to ensure that happens.

Fortunately, there are those who come along who have not only proved themselves as top leaders but are willing to share that information with others. They know that doing this does not create more competition but rather increases the pie and brings prosperity and abundance to more and more people.

As he worked has way up through the ranks of PepsiCo, David Novak had a realization: you can't lead a great organization of any size without getting your people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused relentlessly on the mission.

Fortunately, as he was growing in position, he was also a constant and ongoing student of leadership.
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"Not many business leaders have produced long-term performance that merits our attention; of those few, not many write books; and of those who do, hardly any write good books. Novak is in that tiny subset. You can safely declutter much of your business leadership books..., and install this one in the vast empty space." -- Geoff Colvin, Fortune

Dwight Eisenhower and Winston Churchill strived for victory together, but there was a vast difference between their leadership styles in managing WWII. In fact, there are as many management styles as there are leaders. Business leaders and psychologists have developed useful and simple ways to describe the main leadership styles, that can help aspiring leaders understand which styles they should use. In leadership of big corporations a critical mix of delegation and participation is applied in proportion with responsibility and geographical integration strategy. Leadership styles should be adapted to the demands of the situation, participation of the people involved and the challenges facing the organization.

Effective leaders can maneuver among situation leadership styles, adopting one that meets the needs of followers by directing, coaching, supporting and delegating. Daniel Goleman, in his recent book "Primal Leadership," describes six different styles of leadership; affiliative, visionary, democratic, coaching, pace-setting, and commanding. All or most could become part of the leader's repertoire. Understanding David Novak's strategies and optimizing their impact can help you develop your own, personal leadership style, could help you become a more effective leader, being your true self, genuinely human.
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