O Great One!

A little story about the
awesome power of recognition

O Great One!

David Novak New York Times Bestselling Author and Globally Acclaimed Leadership & Recognition Expert

with Christa Bourg

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O Great One!
O Great One! is by far the best book on the power of recognition that I have ever read. I guarantee that if you read this little story, you will feel the same way I do. 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

A Parable about the secret to engaging and motivating people to do great things in all walks of life, by the bestselling author of Taking People With You.

Based on real experiences that David Novak had as the Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell), this parable will empower readers to recognize the contributions of those around them in order to drive bigger and better results. It’s not hard, it’s not expensive, and you don’t need an MBA or even a position of authority to do it. It’s a deceptively simple principle that can have a huge impact on both your life and your business.

Jeff Johnson, the new CEO of The Happy Face Toy Company, has one year to save his family’s famous toy company, which has fallen on hard times following the death of his father. If Jeff fails, the whole company will fail. As he races to save his family’s legacy by getting the company back on track, Jeff encounters downtrodden factory workers and an uninspired executive team. Then a birthday gift from his grandson gives Jeff and important insight into why business is suffering: the secret ingredient to making people happy and engaged is missing.

During his time as CEO of Yum!, Novak harnessed the power of employee recognition to revitalize the culture. The principles he lives by, from handing out personalized awards to coaxing office culture into life, are at the core of this parable. Novak recently founded OGO Enterprises, the world’s first recognition brand focused on appreciating all people for who they are and what they do.

About the Author

David Novak

David Novak is the Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands, following a successful 14 year run as the Chairman and CEO of one of the world’s largest restaurant companies (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell). In 2014, Yum! was named among the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility magazine. Novak has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by Fortune and one of the “100 Best Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for the Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort, which raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. Novak created the largest privately funded leadership service program for middle and high schools called Lead2Feed. It is based on a successful leadership program he personally taught at Yum!, which centered on teamwork and a belief in people. Novak received the Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education. A renowned expert on leadership and recognition culture, Novak is the author of two highly respected and critically acclaimed books, The Education of an Accidental CEO and the New York Times bestseller, Taking People With You. Novak is now launching a new consumer brand, O Great One! (OGO), with the mission to inspire the amazing people in our lives through joyful, personal acts of recognition that deepen relationships. Christa Bourg is a writer, editor, and book packager.

This book is dedicated to attacking the recognition deficit that exists in our world today. To all the people out there who are doing great things and deserve to be recognized for it, this story is for you.