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Patrick Lencioni, renowned business consultant and bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, is on a critical mission: create widespread job satisfaction in a world full of workplace misery. His latest book, The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees), tells the inspiring tale a high-flying, but deeply dissatisfied Chief Exec ...more
Published April 1st 2008 by Pfeiffer (first published January 1st 2007)
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Anna
Feb 28, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How I wish I could mail this to almost every boss I've had. The largest part is taken up by a fable which illustrates the ideas of the book, while the second part goes into more detail on how to implement the ideas and what they really mean. The three signs are:

1. Anonymity
2. Irrelevance
3. Immeasurement

1. Anonymity

All human beings need to be understood and appreciated for their unique qualities by someone in a position of authority. People who see themselves as invisible, generic, or anonymous c
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Marian Willeke
Jan 25, 2014 Marian Willeke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any manager
Shelves: non-fiction, business
Having just taken a position that oversees a team, I knew intrinsic motivation would be key for each of them to experience a successful outcome. As such, I took to heart the recommendation to read this book (among others). While reading is enjoyable for me, I was surprised with my swallowing this book whole within 24 hours, post-it notes being scribbled as I went through, accidentally identifying the first two signs before I knew that that they were the official signposts to turning around miser ...more
Kimberly
We are using this book in a leadership team meeting this fall to promote discussion among company leaders about their role in employee satisfaction, and eventually, the bottom line.

This is a quick read -- set up as the "fable" of Brian Bailey - a skilled, natural manager who rises to the top and understands people at all levels. As a young leader, Brian takes a small exercise equipment company from mediocre performance to the top of the industry. However, when he's forced to sell the company, h
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Andy
Feb 21, 2016 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anonymity, Irrelevance, Immeasurement
kingshearte
In his sixth fable, bestselling 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 p ...more
Chris
Sep 22, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read this book to find out if I have a miserable job. I read it to find out if the people I supervise have one. This book is clearly written for managers, etc. even though it claims to be useful for other employees. The moral for non-supervisors: try to not work at a miserable job!

This was my first Lencioni book and I was pretty surprised. You could fit the practical content onto about 15 pages or so. The rest of the book is a story, which serves as an extended parable demonstrating the
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Sharon
The fable behind this book was actually very enjoyable and made it stand out for me from other leadership and management books. I always said you can't teach people to care about their jobs, but this book has me questioning that phrase. I think it is very interesting and really liked reading the examples and practical breakdowns at the end of the book after the fable. I think this book would benefit managers more than employees, because employees might just get frustrated at their inability to c ...more
Barry Davis
Feb 16, 2016 Barry Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by the author of “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” this little book in fable form tells the story of Brian Bailey, who successfull worked his way up to presidency of JMJ, a successful manufacturer of fitness equipment. The company is then sold through a business broker friend of his for a tidy profit, allowing him to retire to Colorado at a very young age. Brian quickly loses interest in his new found “freedom,” finding himself intrigued by a poorly run, barely surviving pizza shop, Gen ...more
Shelly
Mar 31, 2014 Shelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read, pointing out the very simple ways in which managers can make work less miserable for the people who report to them (all the way up to the CEO).
"Whether you're a doctor, a lawyer, a janitor, or a game show host, if you don't get a daily sense of measurable accomplishment, you go home at night wondering if your day was worthwhile."
"People who aren't good at their jobs don't want to be measured, because then they have to be accountable for something."
"Every human being that works h
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Cindy
Mar 12, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is geared towards those who manage people. Lencioni starts with a tale of Brian who has a few career changes, not all of them willingly, but along the way improves the lives of several sets of employees - from the service industry (restaurant workers - waiters, cooks, etc) to middle/upper management. He demonstrates along the way that there are 3 things that make a job miserable: anonymity (obvious - basically no one wants to work at a job where they are not appreciate as a person); im ...more
N Shekar
Aug 05, 2014 N Shekar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best management books I have read - such a nice format, easy to read, story like writing, with conversational style. Though what is identified as three signs are just common sense, most managers fail to do that because they manage people with their brain not with their heart. Every human being, no matter what level of success or position they are in now, needs to touched, managed and appreciated in a human way. That is what makes them find meaning in what they do. I would want to send ...more
Bozich.lind
Believe it or not my boss is making me read it.
Jennifer
A fable about what it takes to make a job enjoyable and meaningful: a sense of belonging (you matter and others know and care about you as a person; relevance (what you do matters to others); and measurement (you are able to measure and demonstrate change or success). This is a simplistic book with an easy message applied in 2 different locations - an Italian restaurant and a sporting goods store. The focus is on changing management styles and encouraging Executive to engage in the people side o ...more
Michael Ryan
Jan 14, 2016 Michael Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third Patrick Lencioni management fable book that I have read, and I liked it the best of the three. I agree with what he says about a job needing to be relevant to making the world a better place. In the software industry it is quite possible to spend most of one's time on products that fail because of changes in the market or changes at the top of the company etc. If you work in IT the chance of someone actually thanking you for your efforts is pretty small.

I once talked to a guy w
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Chad
Nov 28, 2015 Chad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
The majority of this book is a "fable" about a manager who decides to tackle why employees are miserable at their job (as illustrated in the title...). This section of the book is well written and easy to read. More importantly, the fable part of the book brings the leader along the way on a journey to discover why a group of employees is unhappy at their job and how he turns them around. To me, this method of delivery really helps the reader understand why and what the author believes the three ...more
د.أمجد الجنباز
يتحدث هذا الكتاب عن العلامات الثلاثة للوظيفة المزرية (بغض النظر عن طبيعة العمل)، وهي
- عدم وجود مقاييس تقيس العمل وتوضح ما هو المطلوب من الموظف، وهل هو يقوم بأداء مهمته بشكل جيد أم لا
- أن يشعر بأن عمله ليس له قيمة ولا يعرف ما هو أثره على من حوله
- أن يحس الموظف بأنه نكرة أو رقم دون وليس إنسان

يتم حل المشكلة الأولى بوضع مقاييس ومعايير تقاس بشكل يومي لتظهر للموظف انجازه
يتم حل المشكلة الثانية بإظهار للموظف مدى تأثير عمله على باقي الفريق أو على الأهداف بحيث يشعر بقيمة عمله. ويفضل أن تكون المقاييس مرتب
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Jimbot
Jan 28, 2013 Jimbot rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this on a recommendation, looking for some nuggets of management wisdom. The type is large, the pages are small, and the chapters are at times half a page, so I plowed through this. Even more, it was written in fairly simple language - not quite Dick and Jane, but I did catch myself checking the tense, because it was so immediate.
After the first third I started wondering where the nuggets were, but I knew it was building on a case-study type story you read in technology certification tes
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Shaun
Jul 09, 2012 Shaun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whether you manage a team that is large or small, there are many challenges you'll face as a leader. As I reflect back on the many challenges I have faced supervising and managing teams in contact centers, there are a number of challenges that I couldn't quite put words to until I read 'The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (and their employees)' by Patrick Lenconi (Jossey-Bass, 2007).

'The Three Signs of a Miserable Job' is a leadership fable. The main character of the story
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Jeanna
Jul 19, 2011 Jeanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfic
To start with, I'm definitely not the intended audience. I'm not a manager. I don't like managing people. I really don't like dealing with business.

(I feel like John Cusack in Say Anything: "I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that.")
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Batch Batchelder
Jan 17, 2012 Batch Batchelder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lencioni nails it again - fundamental concepts articulated in very easy to read parable form and followed by a brief conceptual review. Brilliant in its simplicity.

Thesis - work dissatisfaction/misery is rooted in the following three workplace characteristics:

Anonymity
People cannot be fulfilled in their work if they are not known. All human beings need to be understood and appreciated for their unique qualities by someone in a position of authority. People who see themselves as invisible, gene
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Robert
Aug 25, 2008 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
According to research conducted by The Gallup organization, only 25% of employees are engaged in their jobs, 55% of them are just going through the motions, and 20% of them are working against their employers' interests. What’s going on? In the Introduction to his latest book, Patrick Lencioni acknowledges what he characterizes as “Sunday Blues [:] those awful feelings of dread and depression that many people get toward the end of their weekend as they contemplate going back to work the next day ...more
Sandy
Feb 03, 2010 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Managers, any employee not happy in his/her job
Recommended to Sandy by: Rob
Shelves: business
I actually really liked this book. After the last book we read as a management team ( Good to Great ), I was a little hesitant to start reading this one. I read another book by this author, The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive , and thought it was okay. However, at the time I read that book, I wasn't even a manager, let alone an executive, so I couldn't see how the book related to me other than the discussion on arguing a point and then getting behind the decision, regardless of whi ...more
Jon
Sep 30, 2010 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2010
So now that I have powered through six of Lencioni's leadership fables, in some cases twice now, I rate this as his best book by a mile. He seems to be getting better and better with his fables. This was the most interesting and compelling. It is the story of Brian Bailey, who is a semi-retired CEO after his fitness equipment company is acquired, he sets off to enjoy Lake Tahoe to ski and spend time with his wife. After eating at a rather lackluster Italian restaurant, he decides for some odd re ...more
Nancy
Oct 12, 2007 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is actually a book for managers to help their employees (and themselves) enjoy their work. Basically, the three reasons people are miserable at work are 1) they have no way to quantify their work or measure results; 2) they feel anonymous, like no one has bothered to get to know them; and 3) they don't understand how their work affects others, whether it is customers or co-workers. His main example is a small restaurant in a resort town; the manager makes an effort to get to know something ...more
Kami
Jan 06, 2011 Kami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: informational
This book is written for managers. I manage a growing household, so I thought I would see if it applied to my situation. It did!!! It's a fable with helpful information woven into the story. However the end does spell it out with more specific application ideas. It's well written though and didn't feel stuffed down my throat or explained to death, making me feel stupid. Anyway, Lencioni's main points in this book are that everyone needs to feel fulfilled in their work, no matter what kind of wor ...more
Michelle
Oct 04, 2007 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who works
Recommended to Michelle by: Amy
When I received a review copy of “The Three Signs of a Miserable Job” at my office, I was intrigued enough by the title to take it home with me and let it set up shop on my nightstand. That night, as I flipped through and saw that it was written as a fable rather than in a stodgy, “business-y” kind of way, I started reading.
I was quite surprised, a couple of bleary-eyed hours later, to find that I had torn through half of the 272-page book in one night. Yes, that’s right, I tore through a busine
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Denny
Jan 13, 2008 Denny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pertama baca judulnya kukira buku ini akan memprovokasi untuk mencari pekerjaan baru. Soalnya judul kecilnya, a fabel for managers, luput kubaca.

Setelah baca, lumayan menarik. Terutama karena tidak ditulis dengan gaya managemen text book yang membosankan. Caranya bertutur seperti membaca sebuah novel. Mengingatkan aku pada gaya Sophie's World.

Dimulai dengan pertanyaan, "Kenapa ayah-ayah kita, dan kemudian kita, rela meninggalkan rumah bahkan sebelum matahari terbit, pulang ketika matahari itu
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Peter Wolfley
The principles in this book are solid but the writing style gets in the way of the message. The fable is so phony it is painful.

But the things for managers to remember :
1. Anonymity - people can't be fulfilled at work if they are not known
2. Irrelevance - people have to know that their work matters
3. Immeasurement - people need to measure their progress and level of contribution

Also, it is the manager's number one responsibility to make sure their people know their work is meaningful
Ravi Warrier
Jan 15, 2016 Ravi Warrier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ditch the consultants and read Patrick Lencioni's books. This is the 4th book of his that I have read and are so intuitive and simple. Lencioni's fable-style writing makes the books a good read along with being informative and insightful.

Three Signs clearly, yet so obviously, states the underlying problems that dog employee morale and motivation. No one likes being a ghost without knowing what impact they have on others and if they do, how much?

Brilliant as usual!
M.
Sep 18, 2014 M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: managers, HR managers, and to all the bosses...
Shelves: management
This book should be recommended reading for everyone who manages people. Lencioni is a great author and has a way with words that leaves you feeling inspired and motivated. This book is a bit light on content and over simplifies the issues a bit but it's a quick and easy read and would provide a good primer for first time managers or people who are struggling to get their teams engaged. The more you read the more you start self analyzing your own experience. Both as a doer and a leader.
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Patrick Lencioni is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker, consultant and founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to helping organizations become healthy. Lencioni’s ideas around leadership, teamwork and employee engagement have impacted organizations around the globe. His books have sold nearly three million copies worldwide.

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