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Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers: Developing Change-Driving People and Organizations Paperback – April 1, 1997
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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business authors . . . I've previously enjoyed two of
his other books, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS
WITHOUT WORKING SO HARD and IF IT AIN'T BROKE,
BREAK IT . . . so I figured it was time to get hold of
one of his earlier efforts, SACRED COWS MAKE THE BEST
BURGERS--written with David Brandt.
I was definitely not disappointed!
Kriegel and Brandt examine why people cling to outmoded
beliefs, practices and processes as if their lives depended
on them . . . but more importantly, they present ways to
inspire a desire to bring in the new.
I particularly liked the use of real-life examples . . . although the book was written in 1996, it is still amazingly current; i.e., most of the ideas the authors present still make sense today . . . also, they can be applied to virtually any size or type of organization.
There were many memorable passages; among them:
* But you'll actually do more and better by learning to slow down when everything around you is speeding up. John Wooden, the great UCLA basketball coach who won an unprecedented 10 national championships, offers this advice: "Be quick, but don't hurry. If you hurry you make mistakes."
* You may not be a beginner, but you can learn how to think like one. Take real estate agent Michael Young, for instance. He was his company's most successful agent in northern California but he couldn't make the leap from
selling houses in [one price range] range to those[in a higher price range]and up.
"I don't get it, " he said. "I'm using the same prospecting strategies, making calls in the evening to people at home, giving them advice and telling them about the market, and I'm in the same marketplace. But it's not working.Read more ›
changing world. Most books on change tell you how to lead
change but this is the only book that tells you how to handle
change in your professional and personal life whether you are
in charge or not. It doesn't just spout off trendy terms,
like "team management" and "reengineering". It shows you
when and how to apply these processes. I believe in this book
so much that I bought one for every member of my staff.
Kriegel and Brandt show ways in which remaining caught up in a given mode of thinking about one's business can often lead to missed opportunities for growth and success. It offers an interesting array of anecdotes that can assist in expanding one's thinking about the everyday processes we take for granted. An excellent resource for managers and others who feel their organization is caught in a rut and going nowhere.
This book can guide managers in the steps needed to eliminate outdated business practices and routines that drain time and money. It offers ways to redesign the rules of an organization and instill a capacity for change in their management teams and employees. A good resource that shouldn't be overlooked by anyone involved in change control or project management.
The book deals with change and though originally published in 1996 remains a valuable read today. Real world examples support reasoning and are most interesting.
Systems, rules, tradition and simple laziness lead many to misapprehend the need for change. It seems that these persons actually find comfort in their efforts to avoid the chaos of change. Certainly, it is true that change will happen whether or not we embrace it. This book offers a message designed to put leaders in charge of change and, from my way of thinking, offers reminders of traits necessary for all workers in our economy who must have the skills to cope with what seems to be an increasing rate of change.
One of the tools in the book that I found very insightful was the Change-Ready Assessment. The Change-Ready Assessment is a survey that every organization should use to evaluate new and old employees' ability to adapt to a culture of change.
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After all these years, one of the best books ever written. Fun and completely relatable to - the "meeting cow" is a great chapter in business history!Published 10 months ago by Marshall Myrman
Great book - for those who want to 'clean out' their business of unwanted rubbish policy holding things up.Published 16 months ago by Haydn
The title says it best! This is a timeless book that will inspire and challenge us in our careers, our volunteer organizations, our homes.Published 20 months ago by Luanne Bibbee
Great Business Book!! The examples are a little outdated but in many ways that's what makes this book work. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sryan
Funny presentation of some great ideas for building business and driving change within stagnant organizations. Perfect for all levels of employees within a business!Published 22 months ago by Ronindoc
My professor recommended this book so I went in search of it and was happy to have found it, received it in fine condition in a short amount of time. Thank youPublished on February 18, 2012 by lvtomberlin
This is an oldy but a goody---I have used it many times to help transform the "because we have always done it that way" thinking into why change can be an educational and... Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by DAVID L. YARBROUGH
The book was in perfect condition, it was as good as new!!!!
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