Why Are Warren Buffett, Jamie Dimon, Jack Welch, Jeffrey Immelt and So Many Other Top Leaders Praising David Novak’s Book?

Novak 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. In his new book, Novak shares the secrets of the unique leadership program he's developed over his fifteen years at Yum! Brands. Everyone is talking about TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU!

Read Reviews and Coverage

Press Release – USA TODAY Charitable Foundation Launches “Lead2Feed - World Hunger Leadership Challenge” with Lift a Life Foundation

Press Release – Tomorrow's Leaders Find Solutions to Fight World Hunger Today by Leveraging Principles in Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak's Bestselling Book

QSR Magazine – How CEOs Can Make Big Things Happen

Forbes – Driving a Global Corporate Culture of 1.4 Million Employees

Investor's Business – David Novak Cooks Up Tasty Growth at Yum!

USA Today – Yum! Brands CEO takes on the world - a bite at a time

Wall Street Journal - Yum! Brands CEO Talks Growth

Wall Street Journal - Yum!'s CEO Serves Up New Taco, Growth Plans

Mad Monday w/ Jim Cramer on CNBC – Yum! Brands CEO Talks Growth in China

Barron's – Yum! Brands CEO David Novak sees a bright future for his company in emerging markets. Feeding China's bottomless appetite for KFC.

FORTUNE/CNN Money – A Leadership Book from a Real Leader

CNBC Squawk Box - David Novak Guest Host

Wall Street Journal - Morning Coffee Top 10 Best Career Books in 2012

MSNBC's Morning Joe - Interview with David Novak

The Street - David Novak, CEO of Yum! Brands, discusses his bestselling book "Taking People With You"

CNN International - Why You'll See a Lot More KFC in China

Fast Company – To Achieve Big Goals, Become a Pattern Thinker (Or, How the Cool Ranch Dorito was Born)

NPR Marketplace -  Yum! Brands: A global trifecta

PBS Nightly Business Report -  Yum! Brands CEO Talks Business

Leadership Excellence Magazine

Inc.com – Leadership Lessons from the Man Behind the World's Biggest Restaurant Company

Nation's Restaurant News – Having Words with:  David Novak

Brand Autopsy – Taking People With You

Influential Marketing Blog – How to Manage 1.4 Million People – 5 Questions with Yum! Brands CEO David Novak

Bob Sutton Blog – Taking People With You By David Novak:  Great Read and Most Useful

Kirkus – Review: Taking People With You – The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen

Publishers Weekly – Taking People With You – The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen

ABC News Now – The Dish on Yum! Brands

Courier-Journal -  Book review:  'Taking People With You'

Business First – Yum! CEO David Novak writes book, will give proceeds to fight hunger

Press Release – Yum! Brands Chairman and CEO David Novak Shares Break-Through Leadership Strategies in New Book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen

Acclaim from the Corner Office

“An important book about motivation
from a proven motivator.”

— Jack Welch, Founder – Jack Welch Management Institute
“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, chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
“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 Rotella, sports psychologist
Photo Courtesy of Bob Cullen
“David Novak has captured the secrets of his successful career in a powerful book that can change the way you define leadership. It should be required reading in business schools.”

— Steve Reinemund, dean of business, Wake Forest University;
retired chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
“Taking People With You is a chance to learn from one of the world's best CEOs. It brings to life the human side of management—the importance of personal courage and vision in changing a corporate culture.”

— Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO, AT&T
“While it appears easy to some, bringing people together and obtaining the best from each, as well as creating an aligned team, is an immense challenge. David Novak has led this effort without parallel, and those in leadership roles will find Taking People With You both an invaluable asset in their own development and their company's quest for success.”

— Larry Bossidy, former chairman and CEO, Honeywell
“Novak shares his deep understanding of leadership: including everyone, the importance of a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and relentless implementation, the power of positive recognition and continual improvement forever. What a gift he is giving all of us!”

— Alan Mulally, CEO, Ford Motor Company

Share with a Friend

Press Contact


Reader Reviews

A Bookshelf Staple

"Taking People With You is destined to become a staple on the bookshelves of leaders." – Bob Warde, 800-CEO-Read

"Timeless management principles about listening to people, letting them know what you're trying to do and giving them a stake in the success…." – Joe Kernan, CNBC's Squawk Box

A Leadership Book from a Real Leader

"Not many business leaders have produced long-term performance that merits our attention; of those few, not many write books; and of those who do, hardly any write good books. Novak is in that tiny subset." - Geoff Colvin, Fortune/CNN Money

Leadership Lessons From the Man Behind the World's Biggest Restaurant Company

"[Taking People With You] lays out his vision for egalitarian leadership strategies, something that has won him praise from Warren Buffett and many other business leaders." - Tim Donnelly, Inc. com

Taking People With You

"David gives us practical and actionable advice on being a better leader" - John Moore, Brand Autopsy

How To Manage 1.4 Million People - 5 Questions with YUM! Brands CEO David Novak

"Novak's newly released book Taking People With You is a surprisingly practical step by step guide on how to be a daily leader…." - Rohit Bhargava, Influential Marketing Blog

Taking People With You By David Novak: Great Read and Most Useful

"Novak really digs into the details of what he does to sustain, grow, and keep improving this huge company, and how any boss can learn from what he and his colleagues do.", Bob Sutton - Work Matters

Book Review: Taking People with You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen

"Novak, chairman and CEO of YUM! Brands, offers powerful and sincere directives for creating a cohesive, success-oriented corporate culture." – Publisher's Weekly

Book review | 'Taking People With You'

"David Novak's new book, "Taking People With You," is a model of clarity and focus, filled with useful ideas for leaders who aspire to achieve extraordinary results" - David A. Jones Sr, Courier-Journal

Best Career Books for 2012

"Behind every great leader is a great team" became a cliché for a reason. David Novak, the chief executive of Yum! Brands, learned early on how to manage people so they remain loyal, dedicated and enthusiastic. – Kelly Eggers, Wall Street Journal's Morning Coffee