Building a team of inspired and productive people is not necessarily an easy thing to do. Every so often though, a great leader comes along who knows how to do it…and then does it! One such man is the author of Taking People with You, David Novak.
“How to do it” is what this book is all about. As Mr. Novak teaches, it’s understanding what drives and motivates others that truly makes a difference. It’s also a matter of truly desiring for those on your team to enjoy their work and feel a sense of self-satisfaction.
Yes, there is a dearth of leadership in corporate America today. This is inexcusable because, in the private sector, a company must please consumers in order to earn their business and make a profit. The best companies earn the buy-in of their team members in order to ensure that happens.
Fortunately, there are those who come along who not only prove themselves as top leaders but are willing to share that information with others. They know that doing this does not create more competition, but rather increases the “pie” and brings prosperity and abundance to more and more people.
Becoming a CEO
As he worked his way up through the ranks of PepsiCo, David Novak had a realization: you can’t lead a great organization of any size without getting your people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused relentlessly on the mission.
Fortunately, as he was growing in position, he was also a constant and ongoing student of leadership. He’d eventually not only lead his own organizations (becoming president of both KFC and Pizza Hut while they were still under the PepsiCo umbrella) but would go on to be Chairman & CEO of the parent company of three of the largest restaurant chains in the world (YUM! Brands, Inc., a company of 1.4 million employees in more than 117 countries.)
He now teaches the trademarked program he developed, which is also the title of his book, all over the world. It centers around setting big goals, getting people to work together, blowing past your targets, and celebrating both the touchdowns, as well as the first downs — the smaller victories — along the way.
Perhaps that sounds familiar, but, lots of truths are familiar. How they are taught and actually implemented is the key. What the author did in this book is provide a step-by-step course in leadership. Like all great leaders, his entire philosophy and methodology revolves around making others successful.
What he does works. YUM Brand’s stock has increased six times over and they’ve had 13 percent growth or higher for the past nine years. 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 CEO’s in the World” by Harvard Business Review.
Personally, I loved the book. Practically every page is highlighted, underlined and covered with copious notes. I highly recommend it. From Mr. Novak’s teachings, great and useful information can be extracted, whether you are a one-person show, a medium-sized firm, or a major international conglomerate.
I believe this would be an excellent gift to give any college student who might one day be in a position to lead and grow a team in the real-world and can use these tools to do so.
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