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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User Review  - NeitherNora - LibraryThing

I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. Would probably appreciate it more if I were in a position to use the leadership tools discussed; for now, three stars. Read full review

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Many good ideas, just not super exciting or engaging. 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 120 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!, he was president of both KFC and Pizza Hut and held senior management positions at PepsiCo.  Novak has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, 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 also the recipient of the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.

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