Tipping Sacred Cows: Kick the Bad Work Habits that Masquerade as Virtues

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Wiley, Jan 16, 2013 - Business & Economics - 224 pages
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Strategies for overcoming the "sacred cows" that hold people back at work

We all know the "sacred cows" at work?the conventional wisdom to try your best, work well with others, and produce excellent work. But these cherished nuggets of advice, in practice, have a dark side that can lead to career-limiting unintended consequences. Based on Jake Breeden's experience coaching thousands of leaders in 27 countries, and the latest scientific research in behavioral economics, neuroscience, and psychology, Tipping Sacred Cows reveals how to overcome the dangerous behaviors that masquerade as virtues at work, and how to lead with fewer self-imposed limitations and greater results.

  • Identifies the seven most common sacred cows at work, including balance that turns bland, creativity that conceals narcissism, and passion that becomes obsession
  • Offers simple steps for recognizing and overcoming the potentially career-limiting effects of each of the most common sacred cows
  • Written by Jake Breeden, a faculty member at Duke University's Corporate Education program, rated by Businessweek and The Financial Times as #1 in the world

Tipping Sacred Cows shines a light on the hidden traps that lie between good intentions and great results, clearing a path so leaders can finally realize their full potential at work.

Take this quick 21-question survey to find out which of the seven sacred cows are standing in your way at work.

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Review: Tipping Sacred Cows

User Review  - Melissa Porter - Goodreads

Jake is an awesome lecturer -- he came to my office as part of a corporate training program. The book has great ideas and examples, but you could probably read a summary of the 7 "sacred cows" to learn as much as you do through the book in full. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Jake Breeden teaches on the faculty of Duke Corporate Education, the world's top-rated provider of custom executive education. He has taught leaders in some of the world's leading companies, including Google, Starbucks, Cisco, Microsoft, and IBM. He has an MBA from Duke University and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where his three daughters keep him laughing and learning.

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