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.
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.
This book bring to light the importance of not only how to make one employment more interesting, it also proves that good planning and good measurements are key to success.
Yes - The fable format works for me, making the concepts memorable.
Anything else by Patrick Lencioni. Everything he writes has some gems. He simplifies complex issues and yet keeps focused on organizational health.
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.
I liked it was done as a story line and put the ideas in perspective. I could see where it would benefit me managing people at work.
Although I am left-handed, I play the piano right-handed.
I was assigned this book at work or else I would have abandoned it in the first few minutes. No research, no evidence, just a few ideas that happy employees may be more productive. Well, duh. The author doesn't seem to have much experience in the business world. But it does inspire me to think I too could pound out a business book in a weekend. I recommend that you just read one-page book summaries of this rather than spend nearly 5 hours to learn the 3 points.
"If you or I are part of any kind of organization we would do well to know and deal with these 3 signs. This is for all of us at all levels of the organization from the CEO to the person who empties the trash at night.
1. We must be known as a person by someone
2. We must know how our work impacts the lives of others
3. We must know how we are doing and be able to assess that our selves
You WILL gain valuable insights to people from understanding what Patrick has written in this book. You can understand what we need as people for our own growth and to assist others too.
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