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The Three Signs of a Miserable Job Audiobook

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 08-30-07
    John Flemington, NJ, USA 08-30-07
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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.

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    Diane ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 11-13-13
    Diane ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    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.

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    Karen Allen 08-06-16
    Karen Allen 08-06-16
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    "all managers should read this"

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

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    Debra A Cate 08-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Read this one!"

    Once again Patrick Lencioni has give his audience great tools to make their workplace a better workplace. The reader of this book was easy to listen to and understand.

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    Deborah E. Mayes Carson, CA United States 07-02-16
    Deborah E. Mayes Carson, CA United States 07-02-16
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    "Story and Theory was effective delivery of concept"

    Hearing the fable first caused me to apply concept to personal circumstances even before I heard the theory

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    melissa bamfo 05-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story. Life changing principles."

    This is one of the best books I've read in a while. I have already shared it with 3 people since finishing it today. The principal shared are greatly applicable and I found some takeaways I can apply today in improveing my employee engagement.

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    Paul E. DuCharme 04-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    Great job as usual by Patrick Lencioni! Loved Five Dysfunctions of a Team and this work was no less impactful.

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    David 01-29-16
    David 01-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A Phenomenal Book"

    If you want to be a better manager, better your Company or better understand what makes a job fulfilling this is required reading.

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    Justin 11-23-15
    Justin 11-23-15
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    great story now to put it in practice I'm ready and I already love my job

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    Chaunce Dolan 04-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Help your team feel appreciated and happy"

    I have read and re-read this and have noticed my team's happiness increase. Now to get my boss onboard

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