Global Leadership Summit :: Patrick Lencioni – Job Misery

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Patrick Lencioni started The Table Group in 1997 based on a principle he had been unconsciously developing since childhood.

Growing up, Pat became fascinated with the world of work as he listened to his dad describe the frustrating dysfunction and chaos within the company where he worked for 40 years. Though he didn’t know it at the time, he would eventually dedicate his career to helping organizations, and the people who work within them, become healthier and more successful.

Today, Pat serves as president of The Table Group, where he spends his time writing books and articles related to leadership and organizational life, speaking to audiences interested in those topics, and consulting to CEOs and their teams so that they can apply his principles in their organizations. In 2005, Pat started his POV program with the intention of sharing his models, ideas and insights around organizational life to his readers and clients. Please, feel free to sign–up for this complimentary newsletter and explore the topics below.

 Job Misery

  • I like the show Dirty Jobs, because people have these crazy jobs, but these people seem really happy.
  • There’s 3 things that cause job misery:
  • Anonymity – We felt anonymous in my first job. We were just a commodity to the people we worked for.
  • When your boss doesn’t care about you, then you know you’re in a miserable job.
  • It’s your job as a leader to take an interest in your employees.
  • No one wants to be anonymous.
  • Good people don’t leave jobs where they’re known.
  • This is easy and free and simple, so why doesn’t everyone do this?
  • What’s more important? The first $500 you get paid, or the email you get from your boss, asking about your sick dad.
  • I think we are called to love the people that work for us.
  • If you’re in a job where you’re anonymous, is the only option to leave? No, you should minister up to your boss.
  • Irrelevance – If you don’t think that your job matters to someone, then you cannot love your work.
  • Irrelevance is a killer.
  • I think Adolf Hitler was born and raised in an airport.
  • I want reason to do the work I’m doing. I want purpose and relevance in my life.
  • We all need relevance.
  • As leaders we have to give our employees relevance.
  • When someone’s job is to help us, we need to celebrate that for them.
  • Remind people why their job matters.
  • Immeasurement – All human beings have a need in their lives and their jobs to be able to assess for themselves whether they’re doing a good job.
  • The more we can get intrinsic about ourselves and our job, the happier we’ll be.
  • Oftentimes the way you get measurement is a qualitative measurement.
    • It’s not just a matter of a number. People just need an inherent measurement of how they’re doing.
  • Leaders sometimes don’t do this because when we give another person the ability to measure their performance, we lose our power.
  • Management is a ministry, whether we’re in a church or a business.

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