The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: DVD Presentation and Companion Guide

By Patrick M. Lencioni
According to Patrick Lencioni, three underlying factors will make a job miserable, and they can apply to virtually all jobs regardless of the nature of the work being done. The three signs are at first glance obvious and seemingly easy to resolve. And yet they remain largely unaddressed in most organizations.
  1. Anonymity - People cannot be fulfilled in their work if they are not known. All human beings need to be understood and appreciated by someone in a position of authority for their unique qualities.
  2. Irrelevance - Everyone needs to know that their job matters to someone. If there is no connection between a person's work and the satisfaction of another person or group of people, an employee simply will not find lasting fulfillment.
  3. Immeasurement - Employees need to gauge their progress and level of contribution for themselves. They cannot be fulfilled if their success depends on the opinions and whims of another person, now matter how benevolent that person may be.

With all three of these factors, the one person who has the most influence and control over how they are implemented is the employee's manager. Managers must know their employees. Managers must understand how he or she makes a difference in their employees work life. Managers must initiate clear measurement tactics with their employees.

This DVD is part of a management development program designed to help managers more effectively engage motivate, and retain employees by eliminating the three causes of job misery.


NEWS & OPINION: Five Books from 2007: Wikinomics, Halo Effect, Firing Back, one on Starbucks and a Fable.

Posted December 26, 2007, 5:42 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Carol Hymowitz over at the WSJ shared her list of business books for holiday reading (you may need to log in). On it, were these books: Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams. This is what we've all been talking about in the past few years and even more so since the rise of Wikipedia. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Another List

Posted December 13, 2007, 9:36 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Rebecca pointed us all to Amazon's Best Books of 2007 last month, and in light of all the other lists coming out lately, I thought it'd be a good idea to revisit that list and highlight the business titles on it. There were three business categories--Business, Business Narratives, and Finance & Investing. So without further ado, the choice of Amazon's editors were. Read more

NEWS & OPINION: Two New Fables Break-up Summer Bestsellers Club

Posted August 31, 2007, 6:16 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
After a summer of same-old, same-old on the Wall Street Journal Business Bestseller List, two new books appear this week signaling the start to the fall business book season. Given some of my comments recently, it serves me right that I have to report both titles are business fables. Pat Lencioni returns with his sixth story-based book, titled The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (and Their Employees). Read more

STAFF PICKS: The Value of a Good Story

Posted August 24, 2007, 4:30 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
How many times have you retold a good story? Likewise, can you recite the notes you took at last week's meeting? I am betting that's a bit more difficult. Read more


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Publisher Jossey-Bass
Publish date 08/01/2007
Pages 259
ISBN-13 9780787995317
ISBN-10 0787995312
Language English