The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (and Their Employees) Audio CD – Audiobook, 17 Aug 2007
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Lencioni, a consultant, speaker and bestselling author ("The Five Dysfunctions of a Team"), pinpoints the reasons behind and ways around what many consider a constant of the human condition: job dissatisfaction. According to Lencioni, job-fueled misery can ultimately seep into all aspects of life, leading to drug and alcohol abuse, violence and other problems, making this examination of job misery dynamics a worthy pursuit. Through the "simple" tale of a retired CEO-turned-pizzeria manager, Lencioni reveals the three corners of the employee unhappiness pyramid--immeasurability, anonymity and irrelevance--and how they contribute to dissatisfaction in all jobs and at all levels (including famously unfulfilled celebrities and athletes). The main culprit is the distancing of people from each other (anonymity), which means less exposure to the impact their work has (immeasurability), and thus a diminished sense of their own utility (irrelevance). While his major points could have been communicated more efficiently in a straightforward self-help fashion, his fictional case study proves an involving vessel for his model and strategies (applicable to managers and lower-level staff alike), and an appendix-like final chapter provides a helpfully stripped-down version. "(Aug.)" (Publishers "Weekly Annex" (Online), July 30, 2007)
"Lencioni knows how to spin a good yarn and he weaves in plenty of advice...this book is essential reading." ("British Airways Business Life," October 2007)
..".well-written fable...a must-read" ("Accounting Technician," October 2007)
..".filled with actionable advice...A must-read for managers and employees alike seeking to get the most out of their jobs." ("Securities & Investment Review," November 2007)
..".written in such a way that you'll find yourself wanting to know what happens to the characters" ("Personnel Today," March 2008)
""As with all lencioni's books, this one is filled with actionable advice you can put into effect immediately."" (PublicNet, September 24, 2008) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"This is a page–turner that unravels the mystery of job satisfaction for any manager. Whether you manage six or sixty–thousand people, it is essential reading."
Trevor Fetter, president and CEO, Tenet Healthcare Corporation
"In a sea of generic books on employee engagement and empowerment, Lencioni throws us a life preserver. His book is a masterful tale which I highly recommend to leaders and anyone else trying to build more personal satisfaction in their work."
Kevin D. Wilde, vice president, chief learning officer, General Mills, Inc.
"Lencioni provides a powerful message to all who lead people, one that will produce exceptional loyalty and results. This simple book can make a huge difference."
Robert W. Savage, chief operating officer, Taco Bell Corp.
"I love this clever and insightful book! It will remind any manager, at any level, why they became a manager in the first place!"
Greg Cross, senior vice president, Hilton Hotels Corporation
"Don t let the simplicity of his message fool you. Lencioni provides powerful, practical real–world solutions for improving results by putting people first. I found many new ideas for self–improvement that I can t wait to try!"
Jeff Lamb, vice president, people and leadership development, Southwest Airlines
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In this book, Lencioni shares what he then learned during his journey of discovery.
As is his custom, he uses the business fable genre to introduce and develop his insights. His narrative has a cast of characters, a plot, crisp dialog, various crises and conflicts, and eventually a plausible climax. Here's the situation as the narrative begins. Brian Bailey is the CEO of JMJ Fitness Machines. After fifteen years under his leadership, JMJ has become the number three, at times two "player" in its industry. "With no debt, a well-respected brand, and plenty of cash in the bank, there was no reason to suspect that the privately held company was in danger. And then one day it happened"....Read more ›
That aside, this remains a fascinating book that's worth a read, whether from a business management point of view, or from that of a grunt on the office/shop floor. I don't feel the real root causes flagged up on the cover are actually addressed directly although they do, perhaps more by accident than design, eventually shine through.
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A very worthwhile read for me as a staff manager and involved in recruitment, training and retention of staff. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Flickering Ember
Why do so many of us hate our jobs? I see it all around me. I see it on social media sites. You hear it everyday in conversations with friends or overheard on the underground. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew Dalby
Patrick Lencioni is successful in his field, and he has pulled it off again with this book, which I am pretty sure is an update of an earlier book of his. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Don Panik
This book was originally published in 2007 as The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (and Their Employees). Read morePublished 4 months ago by antom
Another interesting book from Patrick Lencioni. I have already read one of his previous books, The Advantage which I enjoyed too. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. William Oxley
Previously published under another title, this book takes a similar approach to "The Goal" in using a simple story to instil some slightly more profound lessons about... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dr. P. J. A. Wicks
Author, business expert and general all round entrephenerial wizard, Patrick Lencioni, offers those who find themselves holding the reins of employee power within their... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jago Wells
An excellent and revealing read for all managers. Although I'm not a manager, I'm tempted to leave this on the desk of mine although he should get the general idea as I've been... Read morePublished 5 months ago by AM
I loved The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (J-B Lencioni Series) so was excited when Amazon sent me this to review. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jennifers Daddy