O Great One!: A Little Story About the Awesome Power of Recognition

O Great One!: A Little Story About the Awesome Power of Recognition

by David Novak, Christa Bourg


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Rather than explain the power of recognition in a typical business book, acclaimed CEO David Novak wrote a fun story that draws on his real-world experiences at Pepsi and Yum! Brands, as well as his personal life.

When was the last time you told your colleagues how much you value them? It sounds like a trivial thing in the middle of a busy work day. But as Novak discovered during his years as a hard charging executive, there’s nothing trivial about recognition. It can make a life-or-death difference to any organization, when people see that someone important really notices and appreciates their contributions.
The story of O Great One! opens when Jeff Johnson becomes the third-generation CEO of his family business, after the sudden death of his father. The Happy Face Toy Company had many hits in the 1950s and 60s, including Crazy Paste, but its results have been declining for more than a decade. The board has given Jeff just one year to turn the business around, or else they’ll have to sell it to the highest bidder.
As Jeff races to save his family’s legacy by getting the company back on track, he meets downtrodden factory workers and an uninspired executive team. Then a birthday gift from his grandson gives Jeff an important insight into why Happy Face lost its culture of innovation and excitement, along with its profitability. He comes up with an idea that seems crazy… But is it crazy enough to work? 
Whether you’re trying to lead a small department, a Fortune 500 company, a non-profit, or your own family, the story and lessons of O Great One! can help you make everyone around you happier and more effective.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399562068
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 202,594
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

David Novak is the co-founder and former CEO of Yum! Brands. He has been recognized as “CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive, 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 created Lead2Feed (the largest privately funded leadership service program in middle schools and high schools) and won the Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education. He is the author of two acclaimed books, The Education of an Accidental CEO and the New York Times bestseller Taking People With You. He is currently launching a new company, OGO Enterprises.
Christa Bourg is a writer, editor, and book packager who lives in Los Angeles.

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Introduction O Great One!: The Story

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Table of Contents

Introduction: O Great One!: The Story xi

Part I The Bob Problem 1

Part II The OGO Answer 41

Part III OGO in Action 123

Resources: 10 Guiding Principles for Inspiring OGOs 209

Who's Your OGO? 213

Whose OGO Are You? 215

Acknowledgments 217

A Note About This Book 219

Welcome to the World of OGO 221

To My OGO 225

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