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

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Penguin, Jan 3, 2012 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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Yum! Brands CEO 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—Taking People with You—that he personally teaches to thousands of managers around the world. He shows them how to make big things happen by getting 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 ten 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, building strong teams, 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.


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Review: Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen

User Review  - Alex Gustafson - Goodreads

In particular, I really enjoy Novak's third section on following-through on goal settings and properly measuring and rewarding your employees. It actually made me look at the tools we use at ... Read full review

Review: Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen

User Review  - Suraj Kamath - Goodreads

Awesome read for any current or aspiring manager Read full review


Taking People with
An InsightDriven Approach to Leading People
Seek and Build Knowhow
Unleash the Power of People
You Have to Believe It Can Be Done
Resources Organization and Process Enable
Make Winning Together a Big Idea
part three
Understand and Overcome the Barriers to Success
Use Recognition to Drive Performance

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About the author (2012)

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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