What Others Are Saying About O Great One!

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 a unique leadership program he’s developed over his fifteen years at Yum! Brands.

Everyone is talking about O Great One!

“An important and colorful book about a topic that is absolutely essential. When people care passionately about what they do, everything falls into place, and customer satisfaction and financial results follow. David's vast experience resonates throughout this book with useful and practical advice.”
—Suzy & Jack Welch, co-authors of The Real Life MBA and Winning

"This book reminded me of the power I have to make someone's day by being thankful for what they do. I liked its lessons so much I wanted my entire family to read it. You will love it too.”
—Phil Mickelson, professional golfer

“A thoughtful, brilliant, easy-to-read tale that should be mandatory reading for all leaders, military or civilian.”
—General Raymond T. Odierno, U.S. Army (retired), former Army Chief of Staff

“A must‐read for every person in any organization. Read it, do it, and watch great things happen!”
—Ken Langone, co­‐founder of The Home Depot

“Any leader searching for the best way to motivate people needs to read this timely, unique, and exceptionally helpful book!”
—Larry Bossidy, former chairman and CEO, Honeywell; coauthor of Execution

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

“If you want to improve your life and the lives of those around you, just apply the ten principles my friend David Novak lays out in this book.”
—Warren Buffett

O Great One! is by far the best book on the power of recognition that I have ever read. It will make a difference not only in your life but also in the lives of people you interact with at work, at home, and in your community.”
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager® and Collaboration Begins with You 

“David Novak built YUM! into a great company by bringing out the best in his people. O Great One! shows you how easy it is to help people reach their potential. He is a great storyteller!"
—Rick Pitino, head basketball coach, University of Louisville

“After you devour this thoroughly enjoyable page-turner, buy it for all the leaders and future leaders in your life. It’ll make a huge difference!”
—Bob Burg, coauthor of The Go‐Giver and The Go-­Giver Leader

“David Novak hit another home run with O Great One! His message is clear: when we take care of our people, they take care of everything else.”
—John Calipari, head basketball coach, University of Kentucky

"This heartwarming story will captivate your spirit and challenge your leadership philosophy. Nobody has more credibility to deliver this message than David, who regularly uses the magic of recognition to lead his teams to extraordinary success.”
—Steve Reinemund, former chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

“No one understands the power of recognition more and has translated it into tangible results better than David Novak. He is the world’s authority on recognition.”
Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas

“The valuable lessons and insights shared in O Great One! should be applied to achieve powerful results not only in your business but with your family."
—Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO, Target

O Great One! is an easy read that hits the nail on the head. Successful companies are all about people and this book proves that people work more effectively when they are appreciated and recognized for their contributions to team success.”
—Dr. Bob Rotella, psychologist and performance consultant

“Throughout his career, David has employed these same principles of recognition to drive terrific results. It works.”
—David Cote, Chairman and CEO, Honeywell

O Great One! is a sweet story that contains a very important lesson: recognition is the key to creating an open and successful organization.”
—Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase 

“I thank David Novak for writing a powerful book that was not only fun to read but provided valuable management lessons. I completely support these 10 Guiding Principles. Leaders in every field should read O Great One! and embrace the power of recognition!”
—Terry Lundgren, President & CEO, Macy's, Inc.

“This uplifting story reminds us that praise, recognition, and encouragement are key to transforming the human spirit. A truly inspiring book.”
—Massimo Ferragamo, chairman at Ferragamo USA

O Great One! is not only a wonderful and engaging story but one with countless teachable moments that can be learned from and put into practice.”
—Noel Tichy, professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, author of Succession and coauthor of Judgment on the Front Line (with Chris DeRose)

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