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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

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

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.

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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

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Great listen for all levels

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

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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Interesting

Great job as usual by Patrick Lencioni! Loved Five Dysfunctions of a Team and this work was no less impactful.