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Three Signs of a Miserable Job
Author: Patrick M. Lencioni
Publisher: Jossey Bass
ISBN: Felicia Ho
Summary:The Three Signs of a Miserable Job utilizes a business fable to present a simple, yet profound diagnosis of what many might consider a constant human condition: job misery.
Along the way, many tend to lose their initial fervor in their jobs, some more than others. Millions of people lug themselves into the office not realizing that their jobs do not have to be miserable. The fact that we will spend at least one third of our adult lives working; it would be a definite shame to spend it all in utter agony.
The Three Signs of a Miserable Job utilizes a business fable to present a simple, yet profound diagnosis of what many might consider a constant human condition: job misery. According to Patrick Lencioni—consultant, key-note speaker and best-selling author – a miserable job is universal and spans all ages, position and geography. Fortunately, unlike a bad job, there is an available remedy for a miserable job.
The tale of retired CEO-turned-pizzeria manager, Brain Bailey, reveals three facets of employee dissatisfaction: immeasurability, anonymity and irrelevance. All of which could be tackled by applying proper techniques of attentive management. The fictional case study provides a vessel for his three prong approach that tackles the three and strategies applicable to managers and entry level staff alike. A manager is reminded what it was like lower in the food chain and how their actions can directly impact their employees’ job satisfaction. Similarly, employees can use this book as a guide to inform their managers and inspire mutual improvements in their job fulfillment.
The Three Signs of a Miserable Job concludes with an appendix-like final chapter that summarizes the business lesson of the book. Too often people forget what they read soon after and especially with complicated theoretical solutions, readers rarely have any success in implementing what they learnt in any practical way. Blessed with the ability to simplify powerful messages, Lencioni communicates by keeping the message uncomplicated and consistent.
The three signs of a miserable job empowers the reader to recover lost enthusiasm in their jobs and thus revitalize their lives. Though not a book for hard-core-research and case studies; it serves to provide practical lessons that are applicable to everyone.
Copyright 2007 Felicia Ho