Posted by: Carel | October 4, 2007

Patrick Lencioni – The three signs of a Miserable job

Pat said that this was the first time that he will give this keynote on his new book: “The Three signs of a Miserable Job.” He is also the author of “The 5 dysfunctions of a team”.

I think work is under-focused on in our lives. Work is thought of that other thing we do. Popular TV shows don’t show people working. People on Dirty Jobs seem happy with their jobs. This is amazing because they have bad jobs. CEO, execs, football players are unhappy. Is your job fulfilling? Misery at work is universal – clock watching, Sunday night blues, ahhh I have to go to work tomorrow.

People need to be reminded more than being instructed. – Samuel Jackson

The 3 signs of a Miserable job

  1. Anonymity – All humans have a need to be known. If we feel anonymous we don’t feel appreciated. Managers should care about their people. We have to life coach the people who work for us. Why aren’t we all doing it? We’re too busy. Interest needs to be genuine. [The handouts read, accountability instead of anonymity — funny…]
  2. Irrelevance – You make a difference in some one else’s life. As managers tell people how they make a difference.
  3. Immeasurement – Measure for themselves why they’re doing what they are doing. Salespeople like their jobs because they know where they stand. We all have a need to measure. This is what I do, and this is how well I’m doing.

Someday I what to retire. Don’t wait until you retire to start your ministry. The way you treat your people will influence the people around them. Management is ministry!

Pat’s final comment: Work becomes a great source of fulfillment and ministry.

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Responses

  1. Chris Busby in his foreword to Molly Scott Cato’s book, Seven Myths About Work, says, “I would like to see people refusing to work in any job they felt was wrong. I would like to see work-dodgers: honourable and brave people who refuse to continue to feed this monstrous culture.” Creative and comfortable unemployment is more rewarding than a miserable job.

  2. Hi Herman, thanks for the comment. I’ll have to add Cato’s book to my reading list. Keep on reading and posting interesting comments.


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