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Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers: Developing Change-Driving People and Organizations

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Sacred cows--outdated and costly business practices such as the reports that are never read or a slow-down of innovative ideas--exist in every company. Inspired by insights gained from more than 450 programs conducted with all types of organizations, the authors of SACRED COWS MAKE THE BEST BURGERS show how corporations can kill off the sacred cows that are crippling them.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Grand Central Publishing
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Dennis Henn
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
The authors may have milked the idea dry by the halfway point of the book.
The best parts of the book are the many examples from the business world of how sacred cows trample our business pastures and how sending the cows to the butcher can enhance our business. Nothing in the book can make you more visionary. Some parts may enable you to be more reactionary. So recruit a visionary if you hope to succeed. Know that we are creatures of habit who memorialize the good old days. The church, particul
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Xavier University Library
business model for nontraditonal business or at least change process within an agency. provides a good insight into the stuff that holds us back from creating and embracing changes to organization structure
John Robben
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I would prefer to give this 3.5- there’s some good stuff I this book and it’s an easy read.
Julianne Dunn
I recently finished "Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers: Developing Change-Driving People and Organizations", recommended by Bob Gee for my #2014ReadingChallenge. While this was published in the 90s, the main premise is still very relevant. We all have holy habits that we accept as unchangeable and we don't regularly re-evaluate their usefulness and efficiency, both as individuals and as organizations. Like most business books, the case studies are outdated and I know that some of these businesse ...more
Adrian Royce
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Sacred Cows has some good messages in it but has a feeling of datedness leading to what amounts to be a shallow read nowadays. Issues brought about by "sacred cows" are now being very effectively dealt with by other strategies not touched on in the book. The sacred cows also tend to overlap making the first part of the book overly long. That being said it is a very easy read and on some levels entertaining. The text should be revised by its authors to make it more relevant in the modern corporat ...more
Lee
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
It's amazing when you read from a book and wonder how they got all the inside info our your own company. The benefit of this book is to encourage constructive challenges to the corporate lethargic actions strapped to habit for no reason. It's ok to challenge the norm, in fact for health we have to.
Unit of Raine
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
One of the better change/management books I've read. While the examples are slightly dated, the advice is still good.
Tim Kubiak
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
An entertaining and insightful read that provides some ideas for dealing with obstacles in corporate culure.
Jim Brown
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business-general
This is really a great read whether you are a business owner or you want to be a valuable member of a team within a business.
Hillary
Nov 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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A must read for anyone who wants to lead or change an organization. Business examples are old now, but the concepts still apply. Easily applicable across businesses.
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