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David Novak


David Novak,
Chairman and CEO, 
Yum! Brands


Chief Executive Magazine Names Yum Brands CEO David Novak CEO OF THE YEAR


Taking People with You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen

Bestselling author and globally acclaimed leadership expert David Novak is the Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company with more than 37,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants in 125 countries and 1.4 million associates. Novak has been recognized as one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s for the past two years, 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 is noted for developing and personally training his “Taking People With You” leadership program to thousands of managers and franchisees around the world during his 15 years at Yum! Brands.  His newly released book based on the highly successful program, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen, is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller. All of his proceeds from the book are donated to the United Nations World Food Programme in conjunction with Yum! Brands global hunger relief efforts. 
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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