Strategies for overcoming the "sacred cows" that hold peopleback at work
We all know the "sacred cows" at work-the conventional wisdom totry your best, work well with others, and produce excellent work.But these cherished nuggets of advice, in practice, have a darkside that can lead to career-limiting unintended consequences.Based on Jake Breeden's experience coaching thousands of leaders in27 countries, and the latest scientific research in behavioraleconomics, neuroscience, and psychology, Tipping Sacred Cowsreveals how to overcome the dangerous behaviors that masquerade asvirtues at work, and how to lead with fewer self-imposedlimitations and greater results.
- Identifies the seven most common sacred cows at work, includingbalance that turns bland, creativity that conceals narcissism, andpassion that becomes obsession
- Offers simple steps for recognizing and overcoming thepotentially career-limiting effects of each of the most commonsacred cows
- Written by Jake Breeden, a faculty member at Duke University'sCorporate Education program, rated by Businessweek andThe Financial Times as #1 in the world
Tipping Sacred Cows shines a light on the hidden trapsthat lie between good intentions and great results, clearing a pathso leaders can finally realize their full potential at work.
Take this quick21-question survey to find out which of the seven sacred cowsare standing in your way at work.
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About the Author
Jake Breeden teaches on the faculty of Duke CorporateEducation, the world's top-rated provider of custom executiveeducation. He has taught leaders in some of the world's leadingcompanies, including Google, Starbucks, Cisco, Microsoft, and IBM.He has an MBA from Duke University and lives in Chapel Hill, NorthCarolina, where his three daughters keep him laughing andlearning.
Table of Contents
1 Meet Your Sacred Cows 1
2 Bland Bold Balance 25
3 Automatic Accountable Collaboration 49
4 Narcissistic Useful Creativity 69
5 Process Outcome Excellence 95
6 Outcome Process Fairness 119
7 Obsessive Harmonious Passion 141
8 Backstage Onstage Preparation 167
9 Extinguish Your Backfires 187
About the Author 205
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