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

  • 7h 18m 58s
  • David Novak, John Boswell
  • The Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • 2007

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.

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.

In this Audiobook

  • 1. The Spin-off: Taking an Unexpected Shot at the Top
  • 2. Trailer Park Days: Being the New Kid on the Block
  • 3. Little Fish, Big Pond: Breaking Through the Clutter
  • 4. Climbing Up and Staying Grounded: Getting Down to Business
  • 5. The A-Team: Learning from the Best
  • 6. My Own Private Cola Wars: Paying My Dues
  • 7. The Operator: Getting Out of My Comfort Zone
  • 8. What Kind of President Was I Going to Be?: Being the Real Me
  • 9. The Career Maker: Turning the Business Around
  • 10. The Big Do-over: Shifting the Playing Field
  • 11. Andy and Me: Making One Plus One Equal Three
  • 12. How We Would Work Together: Setting Expectations
  • 13. Taking People with You: Practicing What You Preach
  • 14. The First Year: Coming Together as a Team
  • 15. Reward and Recognize, Part 3: Appreciating the Power of People
  • 16. Steal from the Best: Accelerating My Learning
  • 17. Be Careful What You Wish For: Managing Adversity
  • 18. Customer Mania: Going Bonkers
  • 19. Getting Things Done: Driving Results
  • 20. Leaders Take Questions: Providing the CEO's Perspective
  • 21. Unfinished Business: Learning Never Ends