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How Leaders Lead with David Novak

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David Novak lets you be a fly on the wall and learn from the best CEOs, founders & entrepreneurs in business, sports and entertainment to talk about how they lead and get such incredible things done. Past guests include Tom Brady, Condoleezza Rice, Jamie Dimon (CEO of JPMorgan Chase), Deion "Coach Prime" Sanders, Alan Mulally (former CEO of Ford), Indra Nooyi (former CEO of PepsiCo), Stanley Druckenmiller (#1 investor in the world), Carol Tomé (CEO of UPS), Ginni Rometty (former CEO of IBM), Ken Langone (co-founder of The Home Depot), Dude Perfect, Roger Goodell (commissioner of the NFL), and many others.

David, a former cofounder and CEO himself, has been asking great questions and learning from top leaders his whole life. Now he breaks down the key learnings so that by the end of each episode, you’ll have something simple you can apply as you develop into a better leader. That's what this show is all about!

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As leaders, how we make people feel is SO important. This week, learn how to make the people you serve feel seen and understood. It’s the power of “unreasonable hospitality,” a term that helped Will Guidara make his restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, the #1 restaurant in the world in 2017.  You don’t have to be in the hospitality industry to find lots of takeaways here to help your business rise to the top. You’ll also learn: Why you should tell people what you’re good at How to give criticism The big risk you take by thinking you need to be perfect all the time Two keys to building a learning culture ——— FEATURED RESOURCE The How Leaders Lead mobile app Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day
On this episode of 3 More Questions, you'll hear David Novak's answers to: What’s your take on the difference between management and leadership and is it important to make that distinction? How would you have approached the situation Charlie was in where he had to convince people that doing what made Visa successful initially wasn’t going to be what kept them successful moving forward? What’s your take on how leaders can create a sense of urgency in their people? ——— GO DEEPER Scale up your leadership skills in 2 minutes a day with the How Leaders Lead app — Download today in the App Store Get coaching from David by signing up to receive his Weekly Leadership Plan. It builds on each podcast episode by offering actionable steps you can take each week to incorporate the learnings from the episode into your leadership style. It only takes about 5 minutes and is a great way to start off your week! Subscribe to the How Leaders Lead podcast to ensure you never miss an episode!
Every leader casts a shadow.  As a leader, you can’t just SAY what your priorities and values are (although that’s crucial). You’ve got to set the example yourself, so your decisions and actions align with those priorities.  To see how it’s done, listen to this conversation with Charlie Scharf, the CEO and President of Wells Fargo. He took over in 2019, which, as you may recall, was a real low point in the company. Hit play now to hear how he’s leading the turnaround there — and why leaders can accomplish SO much more when they set the right example for their teams.  You’ll also learn: How to drive change in a culture of complacency The key factor most people overlook in a turnaround What really defines your culture (it’s not what you think) Why it’s OK if your career path isn’t a straight line ——— FEATURED RESOURCE The How Leaders Lead mobile app Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day
On this episode of 3 More Questions, you'll hear David Novak's answers to: How could leaders use the idea of "wins above replacement" to evaluate talent for their organization? What’s the most important aspect of self coaching and how can leaders develop that skill? What do you think about scaling the genius of one person throughout an organization and to thousands of customers?  ——— GO DEEPER Scale up your leadership skills in 2 minutes a day with the How Leaders Lead app — Download today in the App Store Get coaching from David by signing up to receive his Weekly Leadership Plan. It builds on each podcast episode by offering actionable steps you can take each week to incorporate the learnings from the episode into your leadership style. It only takes about 5 minutes and is a great way to start off your week! Subscribe to the How Leaders Lead podcast to ensure you never miss an episode!
We all know having a mission is vital in leadership, but we don’t always know how to build a team around it.  To learn how, look no further than this episode with Rocky Collis, the CEO of Mustard. Mustard is a sports coaching app that’s backed by Drew Brees, Justin Rose, Nolan Ryan, and Mia Hamm, just to name a few. And it’s Rocky’s relentless focus on Mustard’s mission that has helped him and his team set clear priorities, attract top talent, and get those A-list investors on board. It can help you do the same for your organization—listen now and see how!  You’ll also learn: How to get better at practically anything The #1 trait you need when hiring for a startup What matters most when you’re developing technology The hidden side of your priorities ——— FEATURED RESOURCE The How Leaders Lead mobile app Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day
The Best Of Q2

The Best Of Q2

2024-06-2741:44

In this episode, we take all the great wisdom from the last three months and highlight the most impactful takeaways for you. The Best Of Q2 features leadership insights from these incredible leaders: Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa, co-CEOs of Warby Parker Jon Rahm, Professional golfer Kevin Hochman, CEO of Brinker International (Chili’s and Maggiano’s) Hal Rosenbluth, Chairman & CEO of New Ocean Health Solutions Bill Mudd, President & COO at Churchill Downs Val Ackerman, Commissioner of the Big East Conference Rory McIlroy, Professional golfer Steve Squeri, Chairman and CEO of AMEX David Novak, Cofounder and former CEO of Yum! Brands Steve Duncker, Former Chairman of NYRA Irina Novoselsky, CEO of Hootsuite and former CEO of CareerBuilder Eric Church, CMA Entertainer of the Year and a 10-time GRAMMY nominee ——— FEATURED RESOURCE The How Leaders Lead mobile app Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day
On this episode of 3 More Questions, you'll hear David Novak's answers to: What is your favorite Eric Church song? As a huge fan of giving and receiving feedback, what's your take on the idea that getting feedback when you have a strong vision can be dangerous?  What’s the best advice you can give leaders trying to determine their vision for their company? ——— GO DEEPER Scale up your leadership skills in 2 minutes a day with the How Leaders Lead app — Download today in the App Store Get coaching from David by signing up to receive his Weekly Leadership Plan. It builds on each podcast episode by offering actionable steps you can take each week to incorporate the learnings from the episode into your leadership style. It only takes about 5 minutes and is a great way to start off your week! Subscribe to the How Leaders Lead podcast to ensure you never miss an episode!
Every leader needs to have the courage of their convictions.  If you’re not committed to your vision, why should anyone else be?  Listen to this episode with Eric Church, a country music artist, 10-time GRAMMY nominee, and entrepreneur. You’ll find a new source of strength as a leader when you learn how to commit to your vision. You’ll also learn: How to recognize the “right” risks to take Advice for balancing your vision with others’ feedback How to differentiate your product in a crowded category What Taylor Swift told him after he got fired from the Rascal Flatts tour ——— FEATURED RESOURCE The How Leaders Lead mobile app Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day
On this episode of 3 More Questions, you'll hear David Novak's answers to: How does your concept of recognition play into creating psychological safety for people at work? What advice do you have for leaders who need to understand how to better manage people that are different from them? What’s a story from your career where you stood near a closed door and knocked … and got a great outcome as a result? ——— GO DEEPER Scale up your leadership skills in 2 minutes a day with the How Leaders Lead app — Download today in the App Store Get coaching from David by signing up to receive his Weekly Leadership Plan. It builds on each podcast episode by offering actionable steps you can take each week to incorporate the learnings from the episode into your leadership style. It only takes about 5 minutes and is a great way to start off your week! Subscribe to the How Leaders Lead podcast to ensure you never miss an episode!
Has social media ever felt a little mystifying to you? If so, you’ll love today’s episode with Irina Novoselsky, the CEO of the social media management platform Hootsuite. Get practical tips to improve your social media strategy, including tips for boosting ROI.  Plus, discover the career-transforming power of making bold connections—something that Irina excels at.  You’ll also learn: Three ways leaders can maximize their use of social media How to open up new career opportunities What you might be getting wrong in your job postings A new way to develop mentor relationships ——— FEATURED RESOURCE The How Leaders Lead mobile app Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day
On this episode of 3 More Questions, you'll hear David Novak's answers to: What advice would you give to someone in a large firm looking to differentiate themselves while also being a team player?  What would you have done in Steve's situation where he went from an incredibly strong company to one on the brink of bankruptcy? What do you believe has made Steve successful in these different industries, and what can other leaders learn from it? ——— GO DEEPER Scale up your leadership skills in 2 minutes a day with the How Leaders Lead app — Download today in the App Store Get coaching from David by signing up to receive his Weekly Leadership Plan. It builds on each podcast episode by offering actionable steps you can take each week to incorporate the learnings from the episode into your leadership style. It only takes about 5 minutes and is a great way to start off your week! Subscribe to the How Leaders Lead podcast to ensure you never miss an episode!
Every leader has their own style and their own way of leading. And that’s true – but sometimes, you have to adapt that style, depending on who and where you’re leading. If you want to learn how it’s done, listen to this episode with Steve Duncker. He’s a former partner at Goldman Sachs and the former Chairman of the New York Racing Association, which operates the three largest thoroughbred horse racing tracks in the state of New York. You’ll also learn: Practical ways to drive culture at every level of your organization What to pay attention to when you make big career decisions Why your words matter How he won a horse playing backgammon  ——— FEATURED RESOURCE The How Leaders Lead mobile app Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day
On this very special edition of 3 More Questions, you'll hear some behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of David's brand new book "How Leaders Learn." If you don't already have your copy, head over to Amazon and order yours today: https://www.amazon.com/dp/164782754X?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_T2X790FAP8VQ8PQWKPRD ——— GO DEEPER Scale up your leadership skills in 2 minutes a day with the How Leaders Lead app — Download today in the App Store Get coaching from David by signing up to receive his Weekly Leadership Plan. It builds on each podcast episode by offering actionable steps you can take each week to incorporate the learnings from the episode into your leadership style. It only takes about 5 minutes and is a great way to start off your week! Subscribe to the How Leaders Lead podcast to ensure you never miss an episode!
Today’s guest isn’t a guest at all. It’s David Novak himself! We’re turning the tables and putting David in the hot seat, so you can hear more about how he leads. This conversation is full of stories and insights into how he’s leveraged the superpower of being an active learner in order to drive success, both as the CEO of Yum! Brands but also now with David Novak Leadership.  If you want to learn how to find new ideas and turn them into action, listen now! You’ll also learn: The most important thing to know if you want to build a culture of recognition A simple exercise you can do each year to focus on your own growth How to galvanize an unmotivated team The two big lessons David learned from his Crystal Pepsi debacle All about David’s new passion for country music songwriting (no, really!)  ——— FEATURED RESOURCE The How Leaders Lead mobile app Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day
On this episode of 3 More Questions, you'll hear David Novak's answers to: What are other ways leaders can show their people that they’re acting on the feedback they receive? What’s your take on Steve wanting the organization to operate more as an enterprise as opposed to individual business units that competed against each other? How should a leader adjust their approach to leading people who have very different experiences? ——— GO DEEPER Scale up your leadership skills in 2 minutes a day with the How Leaders Lead app — Download today in the App Store Get coaching from David by signing up to receive his Weekly Leadership Plan. It builds on each podcast episode by offering actionable steps you can take each week to incorporate the learnings from the episode into your leadership style. It only takes about 5 minutes and is a great way to start off your week! Subscribe to the How Leaders Lead podcast to ensure you never miss an episode!
As leaders, we all want to get better. But we often overlook the level of self-reflection it takes to actually improve. It can be really uncomfortable to ask for feedback and reflect honestly on your shortcomings. If you want to learn to embrace self-reflection and feedback, listen to this episode with Steve Squeri, the CEO and Chairman of American Express. He’s a phenomenal example of how that mindset can unlock incredible new growth for you! You’ll also learn: Practical strategies to navigate hybrid and in-person working decisions Four powerful questions to ask your team when you start a new role One mistake you don’t want to make as a manager or supervisor Why staying even-keeled is a leadership superpower  ——— FEATURED RESOURCE The How Leaders Lead mobile app Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day
On this episode of 3 More Questions, you'll hear David Novak's answers to: What is your take on how to handle business relationships with close friends … ? Are there certain boundaries you have to have to maintain the friendship while also working together? What can other leaders learn from Rory's approach to goal setting?  How do leaders find the balance between having conviction in their points of view… while also maintaining the ability to change their minds? ——— GO DEEPER Scale up your leadership skills in 2 minutes a day with the How Leaders Lead app — Download today in the App Store Get coaching from David by signing up to receive his Weekly Leadership Plan. It builds on each podcast episode by offering actionable steps you can take each week to incorporate the learnings from the episode into your leadership style. It only takes about 5 minutes and is a great way to start off your week! Subscribe to the How Leaders Lead podcast to ensure you never miss an episode!
Is it a sign of weakness to change your mind? Sure, leaders need to have the courage of their convictions. But often, good leadership means hearing others’ perspectives and letting your perspective evolve as you get more information. Nobody understands that better than professional golfer Rory McIlroy, who, like all pro players, has had to navigate the seismic conflict between PGA Tour and the LIV Tour. In this episode, hear what it looks like to keep an open mind as you lead—plus see how Rory mentally prepares to be at his best in the biggest moments. You’ll also learn: What you might be getting wrong about goal-setting Rory’s ideas on how the PGA and LIV could work together for the greater good of golf One crucial habit you need to work well with friends How juggling (yes, juggling!) has helped Rory’s golf game, plus other mindset tricks  ——— FEATURED RESOURCE The How Leaders Lead mobile app Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day
On this episode of 3 More Questions, you'll hear David Novak's answers to: Can you explain what you mean when you say “involving others” is a key pillar in your leadership framework?  What would you say to leaders who are tasked with recruiting people when their organization might not be performing at its potential? What are the things YOU focus on when assembling a team of great talent? ——— GO DEEPER Scale up your leadership skills in 2 minutes a day with the How Leaders Lead app — Download today in the App Store Get coaching from David by signing up to receive his Weekly Leadership Plan. It builds on each podcast episode by offering actionable steps you can take each week to incorporate the learnings from the episode into your leadership style. It only takes about 5 minutes and is a great way to start off your week! Subscribe to the How Leaders Lead podcast to ensure you never miss an episode!
If you want to accomplish something big, you won’t get very far without a team.  And Val Ackerman knows a LOT about the power of teamwork. She’s the Commissioner of the Big East Conference and one of the executives behind the iconic “Dream Team” at the ‘96 Olympics. She was also the first-ever President of the WNBA. And as the new WNBA season tips off May 14th, it’s the perfect opportunity to sit down with Val and get some great insights on how to foster teamwork. You’ll also learn: Tips for leading in high-bureaucracy circumstances  How to react when someone moves on to a new job The mindset you need when the pressure’s high Must-hear advice for women leaders ——— FEATURED RESOURCE The How Leaders Lead mobile app Download the app and scale up your leadership skills in under 2 minutes a day
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