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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
  • 30-08-2007

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.

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  • Diane
  • 13-11-2013

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.

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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.

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  • Tammy D. Graham
  • 12-01-2021

Leadership team improvement paradigm shift

This was an incredible book, of course I appreciate all of the author's works but this one was simple fun and a great conversation piece for my leadership team to take meaningful action.

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  • xmasshopper
  • 14-09-2020

Powerful message for managers and non-managers

I highly recommend this book! It opened my eyes to how we over complicate simple things that can have such a positive impact on people’s lives. So many managers are miserable in their jobs because they were promoted out of an individual contributor position and no longer have a strong grasp on the three factors outlined in this book. Many individual contributors are miserable in their jobs because them and/or their managers don’t grasp these three factors. There are several action items I have taken from this book that I am sure will improve the lives of the people who report to me and the people I report to.

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  • DC Crowley
  • 18-03-2020

This was a really great book

I love where I work, but when some plans got delayed I had a dip in motivation. This book is really very good. It is written like fiction so that you can 'experience' what is going on. The story is told from the bosses perspective but it really does help and it helped in my relationships with colleagues as well. Highly recommended.

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  • Parrish lee
  • 06-03-2020

Every true leader should read this.

first hand account on creating a passionate team. if you're unable to follow this book you really shouldn't be leading.

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  • Jamie S
  • 01-02-2020

Excellent

Excellent book on management, meaursables and creating a culture your team will want to be a part of.

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  • T. A. McCluskey, MA, CH, CI
  • 20-11-2019

A good book

I great look at what motivates employees and can keep them motivated and working. Could help with employee retention.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-2019

Concept Is Great

I agree with the idea 100%; however, there were major flaws in the presentation and delivery. I understand using a story to present the concept. It makes you invested in the characters and their success, which in turn, makes you invested in the concept that is responsible for their success. Unfortunately, the author is piss-poor at executing proper dialogue or writing engaging storytelling at all. Additionally, the concept is broken down into three parts (the three signs), which are present, at least to me, out of order and illogically. This book really does have a wonderful approach to management, and I would recommend it for sure. But it really could do with a full literary overhaul (not just a title change).

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  • PW
  • 22-10-2019

great book

I have learned a lot from Patrick Lencioni. Sometimes the fable can drag on a bit and seem a little unrealistic but the core message is translated to the reader/listener and that is what matters. I highly recommend all of Patrick Lencioni's work.

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