68 episodes

David Novak hosts real leadership conversations with the best CEOs, Founders & Entrepreneurs in business, sports and entertainment to talk about how they get such incredibly good things done and how they are making a difference in their communities. David, a former co-founder and CEO himself, has been asking great questions and learning from top leaders his whole life. Now he brings those leadership learnings to you in How Leaders Lead with David Novak.

How Leaders Lead with David Novak David Novak

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 366 Ratings

David Novak hosts real leadership conversations with the best CEOs, Founders & Entrepreneurs in business, sports and entertainment to talk about how they get such incredibly good things done and how they are making a difference in their communities. David, a former co-founder and CEO himself, has been asking great questions and learning from top leaders his whole life. Now he brings those leadership learnings to you in How Leaders Lead with David Novak.

    The Future of Work, Family, and Life with Indra Nooyi, Former PepsiCo Chairman and CEO | Insight Series

    The Future of Work, Family, and Life with Indra Nooyi, Former PepsiCo Chairman and CEO | Insight Series

    How do leaders navigate conversations about the challenges parents, and especially women, face in the workplace? The first step is to simply have the conversation and get the shared perspectives of men and women. In this special episode from the How Leaders Lead Insight Series, Ashley Novak Butler, the Executive Director of the Lift-a-Life Foundation, interviews her dad, David, and Indra Nooyi about Indra’s new New York Times best-selling book, My Life in Full: Work, Family, and Our Future. Indra shares her story about growing up in India and the support she had to pursue her career while being a devoted mom, and the challenges she faced that she wants to remove for women coming up behind her in business, including problems with HR, childcare, and even cobblestone paths.

    0:00 | Show intro

    2:16 | The story behind Indra Nooyi’s memoir, and why work-life balance is the wrong goal.

    9:48 | Upbringing: What Indra and David learned from their families that equipped them for future success, and how to extend those benefits to others.

    16:42 | Coming up next week… Rob Light, Managing Partner of Creative Artists Agency

    24:39 | How to set expectations for juggling the priorities of work and family with your spouse in order to have a fulfilling marriage.

    35:15 | The surprising link between Mom guilt and the perfection gene.

    40:01 | Expanding the presence of women in leadership.

    46:26 | Advice for dealing with condescending behavior towards women. 

    49:47 | How to protect your reputation and health in business.

    55:10 | Insights on mentorship and advocating for talent in general and women in particular.

    58:51 | How to improve human resources to better serve all talent, and the implications of how two different people viewed the same cobblestone pathway.

    1:08:48 | How to help women re-enter the workforce.

    1:11:07 | Family lightning round

    1:13:01 | How to make work-family life work.

    1:14:45 | Farewell

    Find the tools you need to become a better leader at https://davidnovakleadership.com and https://howleaderslead.com.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Entrepreneurial Caregiving with Jessica Kim, Founder and CEO of ianacare | Leading with Lots of Love

    Entrepreneurial Caregiving with Jessica Kim, Founder and CEO of ianacare | Leading with Lots of Love

    Co-founder and CEO of ianacare, Jessica Kim was thrust into the role of caregiver when her mother fell ill. Both of her parents moved in with her, and through this challenging and isolating time, Kim discovered the need to connect and offer support to those in similar positions. Listen as Jessica and David discuss the realities of caregiving, the power of empathy and launching a new business during a pandemic.

    Show Notes
    0:00 | Intro and welcome

    2:07 | The ianacare origin story

    10:06 | Pivoting the business to work through COVID-19

    13:11 | Leading with passion and precision

    21:05 | How work with co-founders and scale a startup the right way

    24:09 | How to lead remote and hybrid teams

    31:31 | Jessica’s upbringing and path to becoming an entrepreneur

    37:15 | What starting a baked goods company taught Jessica about mentorship, branding, and career trajectory

    44:07 | How to work with big companies as an entrepreneur

    50:07 | Twitter Insights: What Jessica thinks about reverse pitches, startup hustle, and expanding conversations about diversity

    54:41 | Lightning Round

    57:41 | Farewell and David’s closing insights

    Find the tools you need to become a better leader at https://davidnovakleadership.com and https://howleaderslead.com.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Timeless Conversation with Dick's Sporting Goods President & CEO, Lauren Hobart | Leading with Team

    Timeless Conversation with Dick's Sporting Goods President & CEO, Lauren Hobart | Leading with Team

    Lauren Hobart, President & CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, is an incredibly well-rounded leader with over 25 years of finance, consumer and retail experience. As one of only 41 female CEOs leading a Fortune 500 Company, Hobart relishes the ability to champion young women to achieve their full potential. Listen as David and Lauren discuss her success in digital and e-commerce, collaborating with Carrie Underwood, and the importance of communicating a clear vision.

    SHOW NOTES
    0:00 | Welcome and Intro

    1:19 | Entrepreneurship Mindset and Communication

    4:51 | Marketing and Sports Innovation

    9:41 | Building the Calia Brand with Carrie Underwood

    15:41 | Customer Service and Store Innovation

    20:06 | Management and Coaching

    25:42 | David’s closing insights

    Grow yourself as a leader with resources from https://davidnovakleadership.com and https://howleaderslead.com.

    • 29 min
    Adventures from the Golf Course | How Leaders Lead Insight Series

    Adventures from the Golf Course | How Leaders Lead Insight Series

    Anyone listening this show knows that I am absolutely passionate about the game of golf, and how blessed I am to have been able to play with some of the top players in the game. So we thought we'd mix things up a little bit and create an episode featuring some of the best stories we've heard from around the golf course - some that I'm sure you've never heard before, and you definitely don't want to miss.
    Grow yourself as a leader with resources from https://davidnovakleadership.com and https://howleaderslead.com.

    • 23 min
    Chick-fil-A Chairman & CEO Dan Cathy | Leading with Faith

    Chick-fil-A Chairman & CEO Dan Cathy | Leading with Faith

    As Chairman and CEO of one of the largest family-owned businesses, Chick-Fil-A, Dan Cathy attaches an “in-training” modifier to his name cards as a reminder to continue learning, growing and making mistakes. As a leader, Dan believes that internal service quality will be reflected externally, which informed the decision to remain closed on Sundays. Listen as David and Dan discuss humble beginnings, 75 years of sales increases, and why Chick-Fil-A remains privately owned.

    • 59 min
    Timeless Interview: Kara Goldin, Founder & CEO of Hint Water | Leading with Undaunted

    Timeless Interview: Kara Goldin, Founder & CEO of Hint Water | Leading with Undaunted

    Founder and CEO of Hint Water, Kara Goldin found success in journalism at Time and at tech startups in Silicon Valley. Her early ambitions changed after discovering her hectic travel schedule led to an unhealthy lifestyle. In her pursuit of health, she discovered an untapped category in flavored water with simple ingredients. The mother of four children under six at the time, Kara put in the time, research, and money necessary to start bottling Hint Water, knowing that if the venture failed she could fall back on her tech background. Enjoy this trim cut of the original interview and listen as Kara and David discuss fear, John Legend and her new book, Undaunted: Overcoming Doubt and Doubters.

    Be on the lookout next week for an incredible conversation with Dan Cathy, the Chairman and CEO of Chick-fil-A, as he and David discuss humble beginnings, 75 years of sales increases, why Chick-Fil-A remains privately owned and what the A stands for.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
366 Ratings

366 Ratings

JimC2019 ,

Both Entertaining and Inspiring

This is one of my favorite podcasts. David’s interview style is very relaxed and conversational. You get a true feeling for the interviewee and even interviews of people who I have heard interviewed elsewhere previously are fresh.

Nourished Ones ,

Dan Cathy Episode

I’ve been a fan of this show for sometime now, I’ve listened to every episode. As a small business owner, I’m constantly trying to understand how the best leaders lead. The lasted episode with Dan Cathy made such an impression. My company, Nourished Ones, tries to do what Chickfila does. Meaning we honor God and add value to our customers lives with every interaction. I’m going to replay this episode so many times! This show is incredibly inspiring and informative. Thank you for being you, David!

Lifelong Leatner ,

Invaluable Lessons

Invaluable lessons from leaders. David, I have learned so much, thank you!

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