Leadership Books

Invest in your own development by reading David Novak’s leadership books. You will learn the secrets to David’s success at Yum! Brands and discover how you can apply his techniques to take your career and team to the next level.

If you want to go far, take people with you.

David Novak cuts right to the chase with Taking People With You, a step-by-step guide to setting big goals, building strong teams, blowing past your targets, and celebrating after you shock the skeptics.

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All proceeds go to the World Food Program

Your team deserves to know where you are taking them


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Are You A Leader That Others Will Follow?

Make Big things happen by:

  • Getting your people aligned
  • Building an enthusiastic & focused team
  • Setting big goals so people to work together
  • Blowing past your targets
  • Celebrating after you shock the skeptics
  • Making excellence the core of your culture


while reading, you'll learn 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.

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.

Praise for David Novak and his book

"David Novak is an inspiring leader and a very astute student of the art of management."
Steve Burke, Recent CEO & Chairman, NBCUniversal

"David Novak is a hard-driving CEO with a great heart and soul - and that gives him unique insight into both your own personal development and how to bring out the best in others."
Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase

"A must read for all leaders. David shares thoughts and tools on how to develop good talent into great talent."
Indra Nooyi, Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

About David

David Novak is the former 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 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. He is the author of The Education of an Accidental CEO.


The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen

ONLY $14.99


All proceeds go to the World Food Program

O Great One!

A little story about the awesome power of recognition
By David Novak

When was the last time you told your colleagues how much you value them?

“O Great One! is a real page-turner. Through this insightful and elegantly written story, he does a brilliant job illustrating how recognition – a simple concept that is all too easily taken for granted – can be a potent force, motivating people to perform at their highest levels.”Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

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"Often people think of recognition as fluffy feel-good stuff that you don't have time for. However, Purposeful Recognition is the 'must-have' leadership skill that drives results. Sadly, no one is teaching their people how to do it the right way."



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