104 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 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.

How Leaders Lead with David Novak David Novak

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    • 4.9 • 421 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 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.

    Marisa Thalberg, Lowe’s Chief Brand and Marketing Officer—Embrace Big Changes with Curiosity

    Marisa Thalberg, Lowe’s Chief Brand and Marketing Officer—Embrace Big Changes with Curiosity

    There’s that old saying that the only constant is change. Isn’t that the truth? And it’s especially true for leaders.
    We’ve always got to be scanning the horizon for the next disruption or big idea.
    Some leaders see those shifts coming and feel threatened. But great leaders know how to embrace those big changes with curiosity – and they’re the ones who find the new opportunities that big changes always bring. 
    This conversation is going to help you become that kind of leader. Our guest is Marisa Thalberg, the Chief Brand and Marketing Officer of Lowe's – and an absolute legend in the marketing world. 
    She was out ahead of digital and social at Estee Lauder. Her keen instincts at Taco Bell redefined the brand at a crucial time. And now, she’s at Lowe’s, looking ahead to how data and loyalty are once again changing the game.
    If you want to learn how to leverage big changes for your business, this is the conversation for you. We’re going to see exactly how great leaders embrace big changes with curiosity.
    You’ll also learn:

    The trick to connecting dots that others might miss in order to differentiate a brand

    How to lead a creative process – and the #1 thing to avoid when you start

    Practical ways you can maximize sponsorships

    Three things every business leader should know about working moms

    • 54 min
    Guy Raz | 3 More Questions with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    Guy Raz | 3 More Questions with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    Welcome back to 3 More Questions, an episode series where we continue the conversation that we started last week with our featured guest. On this episode, we're talking about our interview with Guy Raz, the host and creator of two wildly popular podcasts "How I Built This" and "Wisdom from the Top." Listen in to hear even more about why it's important to act in the service of others.

    If you want a simple plan to improve as a leader, you can get one here for free — https://howleaderslead.com/plan

    • 11 min
    Guy Raz, NPR Creator & Host "How I Built This"—Acting in Service of Others

    Guy Raz, NPR Creator & Host "How I Built This"—Acting in Service of Others

    Guy is a remarkable leader who not only has the most soothing voice you’ll ever hear, but the motivation behind all that he does is something we can all learn from and be inspired by. And it’s this: he wants to serve his listeners and add value to their lives. 
    I’ll tell ya’ ... I can’t think of a better quality of leadership than that—doing all that you do in service of others.

    • 51 min
    Bill Harrison | 3 More Questions with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    Bill Harrison | 3 More Questions with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    Welcome back to 3 More Questions, an episode series where we continue the conversation that we started last week with our featured guest. On this episode, we're talking about our interview with Bill Harrison, the former Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase. Listen in to hear even more about why it's important to prepare the next leader.

    If you want a simple plan to improve as a leader, you can get one here for free — https://howleaderslead.com/plan

    • 12 min
    Bill Harrison, JPMorgan Chase Former Chairman & CEO—Preparing the Next Leader

    Bill Harrison, JPMorgan Chase Former Chairman & CEO—Preparing the Next Leader

    Have you ever worked for somebody who’s taken you under their wing and believed in you enough to pave the way for you to take his or her job? 
    Let me tell you, throughout my career, I’ve had the great fortune of this happening to me multiple times. 
    But here’s the sad thing, I don’t think this is all too common of a story. Too many leaders have a “you work for me” mentality and the last thing they want is for you to take their job. So they actually hold you back.
    So what do we do about this?
    Well, we can learn to be the kind of leader who can identify top talent and do whatever is required to help them succeed in their careers, so that they’re prepared to take your job or another another job like it.
    On this week’s episode, you’re going to learn how to do this from one of the all-time greats. Bill Harrison is an example to follow in how he prepared the next leader of JPMorganChase (Jamie Dimon).

    • 51 min
    Dawn Sweeney | 3 More Questions with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    Dawn Sweeney | 3 More Questions with David Novak and Koula Callahan

    Welcome back to 3 More Questions, an episode series where we continue the conversation that we started last week with our featured guest. On this episode, we're talking about our interview with Dawn Sweeney, former President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association.  Listen in to hear even more about why speaking up when something can be better is a quality of great leaders.

    If you want a simple plan to improve as a leader, you can get one here for free — https://howleaderslead.com/plan

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
421 Ratings

421 Ratings

Ted H N ,

A Must Listen

The Novak-Langone podcast is a must listen. It is educational, inspirational, motivating, endearing and at times humorous. Both are world class individuals with a history of success and are more than generous to humanity. Our country is blessed that David and Ken do what they do. They are model citizens whom we can all learn from.

76Bala ,

Asking the right questions !

You can learn about someone’s achievements through so many ways.. but there are not many sources that tell you what they did to reach such great heights, leading and inspiring others along the way!! David does a great job asking the right questions! I’ve listened to so many of David’s podcasts and I learn a lot every time I do. Thanks for the great work.

Arlie K ,

Actionable, Engaging, and Inspiring!

It’s obvious David puts extraordinary effort in covering salient topics and finding amazing guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world - the insights they bring to bear are still mind-blowing every. single. time. A top-tier leadership resource... don't miss it!

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