Yum! Brands Inc.'s "Taking People With You" employee leadership training program has received a "Gold Award for Excellence" in the category of custom content from Brandon Hall Group's Excellence in Learning, Talent Management, and Sales and Marketing Awards.

The training program was selected because of its "innovation, program design, functionality, measurable benefits and satisfying the needs of the organization."

More than 100 entries were received within the custom creation category and evaluated by a panel of independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executive leadership.

The training program is based on Yum! Brands chairman and CEO David Novak's book, "Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen."

The book, released in January 2012, includes tips based on the leadership program Novak developed and has taught during his 15 years at Yum! to thousands of managers and franchisees around the world. It offers a step-by-step guide to setting big goals, getting others on board and achieving break-through results. Yum! leveraged the book into a formalized training program that is currently being used globally throughout the organization in 11 different languages.

"Our number one goal is to build people capability and we are proud that our global training program has been recognized as a gold standard," said Rob Lauber, vice president, Yum! University, Yum! Brands Inc. "We're leveraging Taking People With You to cultivate leaders throughout our organization."

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