A bestselling author and business guru tells how to improve your job satisfaction and performance. In his sixth fable, bestselling author Patrick Lencioni takes on a topic that almost everyone can relate to: the causes of a miserable job.
In his sixth fable, bestselling author Patrick Lencioni takes 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. Any job, from investment banker to dishwasher, can become miserable. Scores of people suffer each day as they trudge to jobs that make them cynical, weary and frustrated. Through thestory of CEO turned pizzeria manager, Patrick Lencioni reveals the three elements that make work miserable - immeasureability, anonymity and irrelevance - and gives managers, and employees, the keys to make any job fulfilling and rewarding.
Lencioni knows how to spin a good yarn and he weaves in plenty of advice...this book is essential reading. ( British Airways Business Life , October 2007) ...well-written fable...a must-read ( Accounting Technician , October 2007) A must-read for managers and employees alike seeking to get the most out of their jobs. ( Securities & Investment Review , November 2007) ...written in such a way that you'll find yourself wanting to know what happens to the characters ( Personnel Today , March 2008)
Table of contents
Introduction vii The Fable Shock 3 Part One: The Manager 5 Part Two: Retirement 21 Part Three: The Experiment 59 Part Four: Going Live 167 The Model The Miserable Job 217 The Cost of Misery 219 The Three Signs 221 The Benefits and Obstacles of Managing for Job Fulfillment 224 Exploring and Addressing the Causes of Job Misery 229 Case Studies 239 Taking Action 250 The Ministry of Management 253 Acknowledgments 255 About the Author 259
Patrick M. Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a management consulting firm specializing in executive team development and organizational health. As a consultant and keynote speaker, he has worked with thousands of senior executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500s and high-tech start-ups to universities and nonprofits. He is the author of six nationally recognized books, including the New York Times best-seller The Five Dysfunctions of a Team .
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