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The Three Signs of a Miserable Job

A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees)

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job by Patrick M. Lencioni
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A bestselling author and business guru tells how to improve yourjob satisfaction and performance.

In his sixth fable, bestselling author Patrick Lencioni takes ona topic that almost everyone can relate to: the causes of amiserable job. Millions of workers, even those who have carefullychosen careers based on true passions and interests, dread going towork, suffering each day as they trudge to jobs that make themcynical, weary, and frustrated. It is a simple fact of businesslife that any job, from investment banker to dishwasher, can becomemiserable. Through the story of a CEO turned pizzeria manager,Lencioni reveals the three elements that make work miserable --irrelevance, immeasurability, and anonymity -- and gives managersand their employees the keys to make any job more fulfilling.

As with all of Lencioni?s books, this one is filled withactionable advice you can put into effect immediately. In additionto the fable, the book includes a detailed model examining thethree signs of job misery and how they can be remedied. It coversthe benefits of managing for job fulfillment within organizations-- increased productivity, greater retention, and competitiveadvantage -- and offers examples of how managers can use theapplications in the book to deal with specific jobs andsituations.

Patrick Lencioni (San Francisco, CA) is President of The TableGroup, a management consulting firm specializing in executive teamdevelopment and organizational health. As a consultant and keynotespeaker, he has worked with thousands of senior executives andexecutive teams in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companiesto high-tech startups to universities and nonprofits. His clientsinclude AT&T, Bechtel, Boeing, Cisco, Sam?s Club, Microsoft,Mitsubishi, Allstate, Visa, FedEx, New York Life, Sprint, Novell,Sybase, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the U.S. Military Academyat West Point. Lencioni is the author of six bestselling books,including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. He previously worked forOracle, Sybase, and the management consulting firm Bain &Company.

Wiley; June 2010
272 pages; ISBN 9780470893999
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Author: Patrick M. Lencioni
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