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

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Portfolio/Penguin, Jan 1, 2012 - Employee motivation - 237 pages
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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 book 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.

Get ready to change the way you think about leadership-and more important, the way you practice it every day.

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Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen by David Novak was chosen by Soundview Executive Book Summaries as one of the Top 30 Business Books of 2012. THE SOUNDVIEW REVIEW: In ... Read full review

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A bit self promoting, but a generally good (if not totally obvious) business message. Not exactly a page turner. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

David Novak is Chairman and CEO of the world's largest restaurant group Yum! Brands, which operates in 112 countries and employs 1.4 million people across Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's. Prior to leading Yum!, Novak was president of both KFC and Pizza Hut; he also held senior positions at Pepsi-Cola. He is the recipient of the 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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