Summary of Tipping Sacred Cows

Kick the Bad Work Habits that Masquerade as Virtues

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Tipping Sacred Cows book summary
Balance, fairness, passion and even excellence may not always be good things.

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Leadership coach Jake Breeden issues an iconoclastic warning that “balance, excellence, creativity, fairness, passion, preparation and collaboration” – all sacred cows – can damage those who milk them too faithfully. Though he flies in the face of common wisdom and long-espoused business-world values, Breeden explains more credibly than you might expect how some admirable qualities can impede your progress and blind you to your foibles. Parenthetically, Breeden disagrees with a few other sacred cows. For example, he takes on the canonical In Search of Excellence for its unrelenting emphasis on excellence alone. He also finds inspiration in many places, from the Four Seasons hotel to the words of author David Foster Wallace. The sans-serif type distracts a bit from the pleasant read, good flow, interesting examples and doable strategies. Breeden makes a strong, logical case, buttressed by research. getAbstract thinks his work will resonate with most readers and recommends his freethinking treatise to those who’d like to actualize their values in real functionality and to balance admirable intentions with concrete results.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Which seven sacred cows sound like virtues but could do you harm
  • What to do about them to achieve greater balance
 

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Sacred Cows
Goa is a resort town in India. Its ancient name – Gomanta – means “region of cows.” Cows are considered sacred animals in India. In Goa, they wander at will through the city streets, adorned with necklaces and strings of flowers made by adoring worshippers. The incessant cow...
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About the Author

Executive leadership coach Jake Breeden is a “global faculty” member at Duke Corporate Education, which provides custom corporate education.


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    Somewhat informative. Reads like most self-help books.
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    Not quite what I imagined it would be. Need to check more abstracts ( this is the first one I have looked at).
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