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

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Strategies for overcoming the "sacred cows" that hold people back at work
You should try your best, work well with others, and produce excellent work. Right? But these cherished nuggets of advice, in practice, have a dark side that can lead to career-limiting unintended consequences. And they're not alone.

Based on Jake Breeden's experience coaching thousands of leaders in 27 countries, and new research in 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. It's a guide for curious, courageous people at work. The book:

  • 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.

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We all know the "sacred cows" that are revered in the workplace—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 on the latest research in behavioral economics, neuroscience, and psychology, Tipping Sacred Cows reveals what it takes to overcome the dangerous behaviors that masquerade as virtues at work and how you can lead with fewer self-imposed limitations and greater results. In this groundbreaking book, Breeden identifies the dark side of the seven most common sacred cows at work:

Balance: Disguising indecision as a bland compromise that attempts to achieve many things but ends up accomplishing nothing

Collaboration: Creating a culture of learned helplessness with little individual empowerment and accountability

Creativity: Wasting time and money coming up with new ideas because it feels good, not because it's needed

Excellence: Spending too much energy producing perfect work instead of developing the quick-and-dirty solution needed now

Fairness: Keeping score and evening the score to make sure no one gets more than their "fair share"

Passion: Racing down a path seeking success only to find burn-out and misbehavior instead

Preparation: Planning to do work instead of productively working out just-in-time solutions with just the right people

For each of these seven sacred cows, Breeden offers proven, powerful strategies for how you can overcome their allure and achieve real results.

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

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"We all know to be wary of our vices, but should we keep an eye on our virtues too? Jake Breeden warns us that even sacred managerial values—such as collaboration, creativity, and fairness—can backfire if pushed too far. Might you be suffering from too much of a good thing? Better read this book and find out. Tipping Sacred Cows is entertaining, provocative, and practical—a rare trio."
Dan Heath, coauthor, Decisive, Switch, and Made to Stick

"Sometimes, conventional wisdom isn't wise at all. Breeden takes a sharp look at seven 'unassailable' virtues and stress-tests them; they emerge not weakened, but strengthened. Tipping Sacred Cows rescues genuine wisdom from the jaws of platitudes—it helps us avoid the herd mentality at work and become stronger, more thoughtful leaders."
Charles H. Green, coauthor, The Trusted Advisor and The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook

"Breeden turns traditional workplace values like fairness and excellence on their head and demonstrates how tunnel vision can be the downfall of an otherwise promising career. Tipping Sacred Cows is a must-read for anybody managing the complexity of today's business world."
Alexandra Levit, author, Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can't Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success

"Breeden's alternate view to long-held beliefs will change the way you think, work, and lead."
Claire D. Hughes Johnson, vice president, Google Offers Product, Google Inc.

"Tipping Sacred Cows provides practical approaches to help develop the mindset needed to successfully challenge old ways of thinking and create positive change in workplaces around the world."
Hari Nair, managing director, Global Innovation Center, Kimberly-Clark

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