The Education of an Accidental CEO

The Education of an Accidental CEO : Lessons Learned from the Trailer Park to the Corner Office

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David Novak-one of today's most engaging, unconventional, and successful business leaders-lived in thirty-two trailer parks in twenty-three states by the time he reached the seventh grade. He sold encyclopedias door to door, worked as a hotel night clerk, and took a job as a $7,200-a-year advertising copywriter with the hopes of one day becoming a creative director. Instead, he became head of the world's largest restaurant company at the ripe old age of forty-seven. While David never went to business school, he did learn from the greatest of teachers-experience. His ideas built an entire culture around reward and recognition-getting everyone from division presidents to dish washers to buy into recognizing the achievements of others-and are studied in great detail by other companies. Now he wants to share with you what he discovered about getting ahead and getting noticed; motivating people and turning businesses around; building winning teams and running a company of nearly one million people; and always staying true to yourself. Whether you are the CEO of a global conglomerate or a budding entrepreneur, David Novak's street-smart wisdom will help you get where you want to go.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 147.32 x 157.48 x 27.94mm | 181.44g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • abridged edition
  • 0739354760
  • 9780739354766

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& quot; The Education of an Accidental CEO is a wonderful journey tracking the aspects of leadership. David Novak is a classic type-A personality who possesses the insatiable desire to improve and make those around him rise to new levels. Everyone is in search of the secret. You'll find it in this book. A motivational must& quot; --Rick Pitino & quot; David Novak is a great business leader and a wonderful guy. Our companies have very little in common, yet I have learned a lot from Dave. He is great with people, an innovator and one of the best global thinkers I have met. This book is filled with the 'little things' that authentic leaders do every day to build a great business. The best leaders are the best learners. Dave's 'journey' brings the skill of learning to life.& quot; --Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric & quot; An entertaining, humorous, honest and inspiring message from an extraordinary person who engenders trust and instills self-confidence. Throughout this book David Novak brightens your mood and improves your outlook.& quot; -Larry Bossidy, retired chairman and CEO of Honeywell International and co-author of Execution and Confronting Reality & quot; If CEOs were selected like NFL quarterbacks, David Novak would be a first-round draft pick. I would certainly like to have him running a Berkshire company. After you read this book, you will know why.& quot; --WarrenBuffett From the Hardcover edition.show more

About Professor of Modern Judaic Studies David Novak

David Novak is chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc., home to FCC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silver’s, and A&W All American Food. He has been recognized as one of Institutional Investor’s top CEOs, and for the past five years Yum! has achieved growth of at least 13 percent earnings per share. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Wendy. All of David’s proceeds from the book will be donated to the United Nations World Food Programme in conjunction with Yum!’s global hunger relief efforts. He also serves as a director of the Friends of the World Food Programme. John Boswell is a literary agent, a book packager, and the author or coauthor of seventeen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School. He lives in New York City.show more

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