• The Three Signs of a Miserable Job

  • A Fable for Managers (and their employees)
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,371 ratings)

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The Three Signs of a Miserable Job

By: Patrick Lencioni
Narrated by: Dan Woren
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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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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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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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Author should do some research

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.

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Every person who is involved with others READ IT!

"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.
Tim"

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White Savior/Privilege Vibez

The main story line talks about a man named Brian who navigates life in what appears to be a well intentioned manner. The way the book is written gives major white privilege/white savior vibes though. Granted the book is 15 years old, the descriptions are strange and borderline inappropriate/irrelevant to the topic of the book. For example, when introducing characters they are only really referred to by age, attractiveness, and browness/ethnicity even after we know their name and basic description. I would jot recommend this book to BIPOC folks being that as a mixed individual it was hard to get through the first two thirds of the book.

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Excellent and applicable read

Loved the book and this will help with my team development plans. Relationships matter more than ever.

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A MUST listen for ANY manager!

I have achieved an unheard of 75% retention rate in the F&B industry and I was just being myself. When I tried to dissect what I did that was different I came to the conclusion that it was as simple as caring about your people. THIS BOOK breaks down actionable principles to get the results I have gotten by simply caring. Truly a must read/listen for anyone that wants to succeed in business and life!

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Excellent Book!

All organizational leaders should read this book. Employee engagement is a key component of leading well and this book offers key insights and ideas to recognize job misery and deal with it.

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New frame for management thinking

Appreciated Lencioni pulling out three points important to any employee, from front line to executive. Helpful frame.

Didn’t experience any audio strangeness mentioned by other reviewers.

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insightful

It was great! It helped me realize and understand why I am not satified at my job. I can't wait to share with others at my place of work.

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Only those wanting to excel need apply

Another brilliantly written story which really sticks. I like the style of his fables. Realistic and easily applicable to our environments.