The Three Signs of a Miserable Job is a book I was prodded to read because this is what I would classify as an "automatic read." Because I automatically read everything by the author -- Patrick Lencioni.
And like in his previous works, for example The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Death by Meeting, Lencioni again is able to present, through a leadership fable, principles and helps, that though seemingly simple, gets often overlooked and hence not executed.
Here are few thoughts that have got me thinking and I hope will prod you to read it.
"Managers need to understand that the people whose lives they impact are their employees, And if they don't know who those people are, and what their lives are are all about, how can they possibly do that?" p. 143
"... Managing people takes a lot of time. It's a full-time job, not something you do between your regular work. Most managers don't see it that way. They see management as an extra activity, something you do when and if you have time." p. 144
"The fact is, God didn't create people to serve themselves. Everyone ultimately wants and needs to help others, and when they cannot, misery ensues." p. 232