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The Three Signs of a Miserable Job

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Publisher's Summary

In his sixth fable, best-selling author Patrick Lencioni takes on a topic that almost everyone can relate to: the causes of a miserable job.

Millions of workers, even those who have carefully chosen careers based on true passions and interests, dread going to work, suffering each day as they trudge to jobs that make them cynical, weary, and frustrated. It is a simple fact of business life that any job, from investment banker to dishwasher, can become miserable.

Through the story of a CEO turned pizzeria manager, Lencioni reveals the three elements that make work miserable: irrelevance, immeasurability, and anonymity. And he gives managers and their employees the keys to make any job more fulfilling.

As with all of Lencioni's books, this one is filled with actionable advice you can put into effect immediately. In addition to the fable, the book includes a detailed model examining the three signs of job misery and how they can be remedied. It covers the benefits of managing for job fulfillment within organizations, increased productivity, greater retention, and competitive advantage, and it offers examples of how managers can use the applications in the book to deal with specific jobs and situations.

©2007 Patrick Lencioni (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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  • John
    Flemington, NJ, USA
    30/08/07
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    "Insightful, simple look at all employee's needs"

    Patrick once again has written a very insightful and entertaining book regarding leadership. In this case, he concentrates on how management can change the culture, increase output and productivity, and improve employee commitment and retention. He identifies the important traits/needs of everyone, and provides some great tools and examples of how to utilize these in motivating and working with your employees. By applying these, it would appear that drastic improvements of employee morale can be attained. To think that it is just three factors: Irrelevance, Immeasurement and Anonymity, that destroy our framework for working effectively in our jobs is just brillant, but so simple. This book is an easy and must read for all that manage people.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
    13/11/13
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    "Another gem"
    Would you listen to The Three Signs of a Miserable Job again? Why?

    Yes - The fable format works for me, making the concepts memorable.


    What other book might you compare The Three Signs of a Miserable Job to and why?

    Anything else by Patrick Lencioni. Everything he writes has some gems. He simplifies complex issues and yet keeps focused on organizational health.


    Any additional comments?

    The three signs are anonymity, irrelevance and lack of measurement. In other words, to enjoy a job, we must feel a personal connection, know that our work has meaning and know how to measure it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    03/02/18
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    "Know your teammates and understand them"

    Just a speech on lowering retention at dealer meeting. saw this book in Airport and it not reinforced some of the strategies and gave me even more tools to make sure employees feel part of the team, understand their importance and measure their objectives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • afoshee
    16/01/18
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    "Great book!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Patrick Leoncini makes it so easy to follow this book and get the message by using a story. I also love how the speaker attempted to use different voices. Highly Recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keith
    Arizona
    24/12/17
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    "Simple, but powerful message. "

    Very well written and easy to follow. Simple, but very useful message and 3 techniques to use to improve your leadership skills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greg
    24/07/17
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    "Great for engaging your people!"

    Found this food very helpful as a restaurant manager. I've read it 3 times so far and every time I find a new way to engage with and grow my people

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    22/01/17
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    "Great listen for all levels"

    This book is a great first step for creating employee engagement & building on team work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher Taylor
    30/12/16
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    "very helpful"

    love the real life stories, felt very relatable to me. I often wonder how many people feel this way about their jobs and as a manager how much impact I will have on my employees liking what they do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Fulk
    30/09/16
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    "Sorry I didn't read this sooner"

    Great story, but don't let the title fool you. It's not designed for people trying to figure out if they're in the wrong job, though it's possible to learn that. It provides insight into why certain jobs are miserable and how to make your way out of a rut, or lead your team/organization on the path to job fulfillment. There are many others I plan to share this with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Allen
    06/08/16
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    "all managers should read this"

    I was drawn in by the story line. It demonstrated the 3 principles... excellent read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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