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 15 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 audiobook 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.
©2012 David Novak (P)2012 Gildan Media Corp
"This is the best, most practical hands-on book on leadership I've ever read. If you apply these principles, your career and the people you work with will flourish." (Dr. Bob Rotell, a sports psychologist)
For an audiobook, the exercises at the end of each chapter should be available for download. I have seen this with other books and it is very helpful, especially if the intention is to learn and do. I listen in the car usually and not having a document to work off of later is a loss.
Good story with good examples.
I've listened to it twice, ordered a hard copy and I'll listen to it again. I'm recommending it to my entire staff.
The examples can be applied to many situations.
I don't tend to re-read books very often, but this one had enough different aspects to it and a good pace. I might well revisit it in a year.
The book was well read, clear and easy to follow. The infrequent other characters were subtly different from the main narration voice. Overall very well presented.
My only negative comment on the book was that it contains regular exercises to examine your own work and life situations. This sort of exercise is hard to picture in audio form, and clearly requires sitting down and working at the exercise. I tend to listen to audio books on the move, and will naturally not stop to do the exercises.
Well narrated book on how to lead and inspire. Reinforces the fact that you don't get to the top by your self. had some great stories to go along with the topics.
The book was written with the intention that you take notes while you listen. Key take away for me is to set up a recognition/award system for my team
those are using some real life experiences and examples from his career at Yum Brands to illustrate the partnership that occurred between himself and other teams . it was a motivating book on how to partner with peers and subordinates. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking to partner with their teams to get greater results.
It truly shows that one person, no matter how amazing, can't replace the thought process or actions of many. In helping others, be there best, truly is the best way to help your self
Novak takes basic methods from solid authors such as Kotter and Kahneman and claims them as his own while spicing every page with self elevating birdwalks.
That's my advice. Find This Guy and Work for Him! Because if you do you will have a rewarding and exciting career, feeling fully respected, even if greatly challenged.
But you better hurry because I'm already looking for him.
As I've learned a lot of good things from many great people, but none that I've heard express so many great ideas so clearly.
Or just have everyone you work with read this book, and apply the concepts, to make it a better place to work in.
I wish I'd read this book sooner to more strongly believe in what my heart already told me was right, and to have proven ways of implementing those good lessons and practices.
Yes. Great step by step guidance illustrated by interesting stories.
I liked the illustration of perception... Two shoe companies go to Africa to assess market where no one wears shoes. One company saw no market. The other saw huge potential.
I think there are some cultural elements that won't work everywhere... certainly aussies don't do a cheer or sing a team song at KFC. ..no matter what the book says.
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