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3.00212314225053 out of 53.00212314225053 out of 53.00212314225053 out of 53.00212314225053 out of 53.00212314225053 out of 5 3.00 (942 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Lencioni Narrator: Dan Woren Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The J-B Lencioni Series Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9780739344194
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In this, his sixth and most anticipated fable, New York Times bestselling author Patrick Lencioni takes on his most universal and human topic to date: misery at work. In doing so, Lencioni presents a revolutionary yet simple model for making any job more rewarding and fulfilling.

Lencioni tells the unforgettable story of Brian Bailey, an abruptly retired executive searching for meaning in his career and his life. Through a series of twists and turns, Brian discovers the three universal causes of anguish and frustration at work, and the keys to overcoming them. Whether he’s trying to convince an investment banker that job satisfaction matters, or motivating a pizza delivery driver to be friendlier to customers, Brian is forced to confront aspects of himself and others, that make job misery a painful reality in so many organizations.

Whether you’re an executive looking to establish a cultural competitive advantage, a manager trying to engage and motivate your people, or an employee searching for fulfillment in your work, The Three Signs of a Miserable Job will provide you with immediate relief–and hope. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sreyleap | 4/10/2016

    " I really love this book. It pretty much tells you base on the real world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bozich.lind | 2/18/2014

    " Believe it or not my boss is making me read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 2/16/2014

    " Pretty good. An easy read, like a lot of management books. Skip to the end if if you just want to read about the model. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 2/12/2014

    " Thought this book had some very interesting insights. It discusses the need to provide employees with knowledge of how they help other by the work they do, a way to measure their work and with the knowledge that they are cared about as an individual and that their lives matter. I think it has many applications to family life, and am waiting now as Michael reads it to see what he thinks about it, both as a manager and a father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 2/3/2014

    " Well written, a helpful perspective, simply stated for ease of application. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ana | 1/29/2014

    " This is for managers in the workforce but I was struck by how much of it applies to motherhood and managing a home--the three things he says are important for employees would be important for children (doing chores) as well--to feel that what they are doing has some significance, a knowledge of who they are serving and the sense that they, individually are important to their managers (parents). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Vasai | 1/28/2014

    " Great book, a simple style which describes perfectly the theory of improving you results at work. The book consists of a story as a novel, then the theory explained and, in the end, some case-studies. So simple but so important for our society full of managers who follow numbers and written strategies without focusing on the needs of the employees. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/21/2014

    " Great book- I really enjoy the story format that the author uses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Downs | 1/19/2014

    " My friend Greg recommended this book months ago. I finally picked it up and thoroughly enjoyed. Working on a couple of my peers at work to read it too. Lots of great ideas on leadership! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 1/17/2014

    " Read this for work, a bit too light. Not a fan of fables... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 12/22/2013

    " A really well written management fable. I love fable style novels. The fable in this book is really engrossing and hits hard. I like the concept and it re-enforced the ideas in The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corie | 12/20/2013

    " This was a great book for me, as we own a business, and I am a manager. It is a book to help you be a better boss and manager, without being a straigh "self-help" book. I loved the story that was woven around the lessons for life. I passed it on to others at work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 11/25/2013

    " Has some great points to consider when looking t your current job and if it's a fit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John McElhenney | 9/27/2013

    " Lencioni is a great teacher. This one is about how managers can create and sustain passion in their teams "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 9/23/2013

    " Like with his other books, Lencioni makes me want to get to work. This time, I have a tangible lesson to put into play. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 6/16/2013

    " Okay now I know the problem. Seriously I have to read this as part of a training and it was pretty interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 6/7/2013

    " Good read for managers, department heads, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Coffey | 3/31/2013

    " Yes - I read a book about management. Yes - it was an easy read with simple ideas. Yes - I learned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Khalid | 2/27/2013

    " I just love Patrick Lencioni's books. They are just nice. I enjoyed reading this book, and I agree with the message given within. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helena | 1/10/2013

    " This book was not written very well, a little underdeveloped, but it was quick and the concept, though I've never seen such a thing in action sounds plausible. A little touchy feely, but I guess that isn't a bad thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Preetee | 12/19/2012

    " interesting perspective - not so sure why these are not implemented in real life - are we so stuck in our routine that we don't see the [small] change which would impact on our day to day life in such a big way? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 She-Rah | 11/4/2012

    " This is a must read for any manager. The concept of making workers happy is so simple, yet rarely done in my experience. This book does a good job of giving examples to the concept. Easy weekend read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 8/27/2012

    " This book helped me with how I thought about my team and their dependencies on one another, and on myself, for their success in the office. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 6/19/2012

    " Patrick Lencioni has again proved great insight with his provocative titled "Three Signs of a Miserable Job". This is a great work for both managers and employees and suggests methods to improve work and peformance. Lencioni's parable-style writing is easy to read and easy to understand. I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eboni | 6/6/2012

    " Excellent! Entertaining presentation of the 3 most important elements that create a pleasant, productive work environment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon | 5/19/2012

    " not bad for a pop business book - reminds us of reasons jobs can be validating; not sure how immediate these changes can be applied in my current situation... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ivo Stoykov | 7/6/2011

    " Although named "A Fable" this is an in dept analysis of management problems along with their solutions. A "must read" book for every manager and leader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 4/20/2011

    " I tried to get as many people I worked with at my last job to read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/12/2011

    " One of the best books I have ever read. I give every new manager a copy of this and tell them "it isn't easy, but if you can follow the three principles in this book...you will be successful!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 10/1/2010

    " I loved this book and how its principles can be applied in all aspects of life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 9/19/2010

    " OK - the philosophy was quite touchy-feely, but useful I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collette | 9/15/2010

    " I thought this book was, although simplistic, very thought provoking. I have taken a few things I learned and have discussed them with my assistant manager and plan to discuss with the rest of the staff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 treehugger | 6/22/2010

    " I LOVE Lencioni's books, and this is as simplistic and important as any of his other books. A great tool to keep in my "new manager's" toolbox! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig&kerri | 5/16/2010

    " Usually you think of management training books as BORING...however, this is delightfully written and very easy to read as it is told as a story and incorporates the ideas of management the author wants to share. Would definitely recommend it. Read it in like 8 hours. "

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About the Author
Author Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of the Table Group, an organizational health firm. Author of ten successful business books, his principles have been embraced by leaders around the world and his work published in numerous business and news sources. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

Dan Woren is an American voice actor and award-winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat. His audiobook narration has won him three AudioFile Earphones Awards.