The Three Signs of a Miserable Job (Review)

Of the three Lencioni books I’ve read so far, this was my least favorite. That’s not to say I didn’t like the book, just that it wasn’t my favorite. As with his previous books, the first three-quarters are a fable – a story, that demonstrates the problems, the process of defining and implementing the solution as well as some potential difficulties you may encounter in your use of the solution(s). The remainder of the book is dedicated to the practical explanation and tips for implementation.

For the first time, the fable for this book seemed a bit farfetched, but perhaps that’s do to my limitations rather than reality. Although I did appreciate that my home town of Eugene, OR got a shout out in the story.

The premise of the book is that and his model, unless there is relevance (who are you and your work important to), measurable aspects of your job (how do you ‘know’ if you did a good job today) and a lack of anonymity (the folks you work with need to know you and you need to know them) your job will be less than fulfilling – even miserable.

While the principles may seem simplistic, the real challenge, in my opinion, is the implementation and definition of each of these traits for each of the staff you’re working with. To his credit he give more explanation to this point in the story than he does in previous books. Also, there are several supporting tools available on his website The Table Group.

My Rating 3 out of 5.


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