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Do You Have a Miserable Job?

I recently began reading Patrick Lencioni’s books on management (published by our Jossey Bass imprint.) If you are not familiar with his books I encourage you to take a look at them as I am finding that they among the best business books I have ever read. His most recent title The 3 Signs of a Miserable Job recently reappeared on the NYT Bestseller List.

Lencioni also writes a variety of articles on the website of his consulting company The Table Group, and I was especially impressed by this passage in a recent article entitled Finding the Real Meaning of Your Work.

Imagine, if you will, that you have just ended a one-on-one meeting with an employee in your organization. For you, it is a meeting about whatever issues you discussed. An agenda, a time-frame, an outcome, a meeting. For them it is something altogether more.

Imagine the employee planning for the meeting the day before. Imagine her rehearsing the dialogue with her husband because she is a little nervous about meeting with you, given your title and level of responsibility.

Imagine that immediately after the meeting she calls her husband to let him know how it went. Imagine that she replays the meeting for him, recreating subtleties and details that you will never think about again. Imagine her evening with her family, and how the way she treats them will be impacted in some way by her mood after coming out of that meeting.

Are you guilty?

  • Nofel Izz

    Why would let yourself be trapped in a job you don't really want, there are so nany avaiable jobs out there that night suit your skills