David Novak Leadership

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What if the most powerful coach that could help you reach your own potential was actually…yourself? Harness the power of self-coaching to fast-track success and transform your life and career with this powerful guide from acclaimed CEO David Novak and renowned sports coach Jason Goldsmith.

From sports to business, the benefits of great coaching are well understood. Imagine if you could unlock the power of having a great coach in any moment, by learning to coach yourself. In this groundbreaking book, David Novak, author of the New York Times best-selling leadership guide Taking People With You, teams up with Jason Goldsmith, the coach to some of the world’s best PGA golf stars, to bring you groundbreaking lessons on personal growth and professional development.


David Novak learned long ago that you can’t lead a great organization without getting your people aligned, enthusiastic, and focused relentlessly on the mission. But how do you do that? Novak believes the only way is by taking people with you. Over his fifteen years as CEO of Yum! Brands, Novak developed his Taking People with You training program that he personally taught to thousands of managers around the world. He showed them how to make big things happen by getting people on your side. Novak 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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When was the last time you told your colleagues how much you value them? In this little story about the awesome power of recognition, David Novak offers insights into how to build a culture in which every person in your organization knows they count. Novak draws on his real-world experiences as a President at PepsiCo and CEO of Yum! Brands, as well as his personal life. This book will leave you inspired and energized to intentionally recognize your people to get results.


The mission of Lift A Life, David Novak’s family foundation, is to help those in need achieve their full potential. Their goal is to fund innovative, high-impact projects that are led by passionate leaders who are committed to outstanding execution. The Foundation recognizes that without strong leaders and the resources to execute a large-scale vision, the potential for high impact is limited. They are committed to partnering with organizations that have the leadership capability, the know-how and the personal passion to help their populations reach their full potential. In fall 2016, the Lift A Life Foundation announced a major gift to the University of Missouri, David Novak’s alma matter, to endow the Novak Leadership Institute.


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