David Novak is Co-Founder and CEO of David Novak Leadership, a digital leadership development platform he created to help people become better leaders by teaching vital Heartwiring and Hardwiring skills.
He is Co-Founder, retired Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM), one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with over 45,000 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories. He retired in 2016.
Novak’s passion is to make the world a better place by developing leaders at all ages through David Novak Leadership, his family’s Lift-a-Life Foundation, Lead4Change, Global Game Changers and The Novak Leadership Institute at the University of Missouri.
A renowned expert on leadership and recognition culture, Novak is also a bestselling leadership book author. His highly respected and critically acclaimed books include The New York Times bestseller Taking People With You: The Only Way to Achieve Big Things, The Education of an Accidental CEO: Lessons Learned from the Trailer Park to the Corner Office and his latest parable, O GREAT ONE! A Little Story About the Awesome Power of Recognition.
TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE BIG THINGS HAPPEN
Why are Warren Buffett, Jamie Dimon, Jack Welch, and so many other top leaders praising David Novak’s upcoming book? Novak, recognized as one of the best-performing CEOs in the world by Harvard Business Review, runs Yum! Brands—the world’s largest restaurant company and parent of KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell—with a staggering 1.4 million employees. He learned long ago that you can’t lead a great organization of any size—from a tiny startup to a global giant—without getting your people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused relentlessly on the mission. But how do you accomplish that? As Yum’s chairman and CEO, and as the author of TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen, Novak has personally trained thousands of managers with his leadership guide—which has been 15 years in the making and tested on more than 4,000 managers—and is an action plan that challenges leaders to rise to higher levels of performance. Novak knows that managers in the trenches don’t need leadership platitudes or business theories. With a focus on corporate culture, customer relations, and employee empowerment that enabled him to grow Yum! Brands globally, Novak cuts right to the chase and shares the secrets of the unique leadership program he’s developed in easy-to-follow steps: setting big goals, getting your people on board, blowing past your targets, celebrating together after you shock the skeptics, and doing it again and again until consistent excellence becomes a core element of your culture. Highly engaging and motivated, Novak inspires teams—from front line to front office—while delivering a specific process to help organizations achieve growth.
Author of Five #1 International Best Sellers including The Happiness Equation and The Book of Awesome
Motivational speaker with original comedy and practical takeaways that really work based on his daily consulting work with real businesses.
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