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A Patrick Lencioni Company

Released in 2007, The Three Signs of a Miserable Job takes on the universal problem of job dissatisfaction. The book presents managers with a practical, new approach for engaging employees in order to maximize their potential. According to numerous studies, an employee's relationship with their direct manager is the most important determinant to employee satisfaction, more than pay, benefits, perks, and work-life balance.

The model gives managers the framework and tools they need to start that connection. The Employee Engagement solutions outlined below offer a variety of options to build an engaged, fulfilled workforce. For more on The Three Signs of a Miserable Job model and concept, click here.

The Concept

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job model gives managers a framework and tools to engage, motivate, and retain employees by eliminating the three primary causes of job misery: Anonymity, Irrelevance and Immeasurement. At first, these three causes may seem obvious and easy to resolve. Yet, often remain unaddressed by even the most well-meaning managers. Those willing to make the commitment will enjoy a loyal, productive and enthusiastic workforce that will be a differentiator in today's competitive landscape.

The Model


People cannot be fulfilled in their work if they are not known. All human beings need to be understood and appreciated for their unique qualities by someone in a position of authority.


Everyone needs to know that their job matters, to someone. Anyone. Without seeing a connection between the work and the satisfaction of another person or group of people, an employee simply will not find lasting fulfillment.


Employees need to be able to gauge their progress and level of contribution for themselves. They cannot be fulfilled in their work if their success depends on the opinions or whims of another person.

Characteristics of Engaged Employees

Organizations, facilitators and managers willing to address the Three Signs of a Miserable Job will experience Engaged Employees who:

  • Find fulfillment, enthusiasm and passion in their work
  • Show more attention to detail
  • Develop a sense of ownership and pride in their work
  • Pitch-in in areas outside of their own responsibility
  • Stay within the organization; thereby, reducing turnover
  • Help attract other quality employees

Client Stories

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Participant Workbook

The paper-based assessment is designed for managers to self-identify their susceptibility to the Three Signs. The paper-based assessment is self-scored and does not include employee feedback or a custom report.

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Management Inventory

Online Team Assessment

Our publisher, Pfeiffer, created a 180-degree online assessment that compiles data to provide a snapshot of a manager's behavior according to the Three Signs model. The customized report provides a manager's insights around the critical factors required for employee fulfillment and engagement. Click here to learn more and purchase »

Key Take-aways

  • Facilitator will receive a customized report that reviews the Three Signs model and reveals the 180-degree results.
  • The report highlights performance on an easy-to-read stoplight scale of red-yellow-green.
  • Initial results will provide a baseline for a manager’s behaviors in relation to the Three Signs.


Video Presentation & Companion Guide

Video Presentation and Companion Guide

This product was designed to incite cultural transformation—one manager at a time. The easy to follow format will help managers more effectively engage, motivate, and retain employees by eliminating the three causes of job misery.

The Video and Companion Guide can be used to train multiple managers simultaneously in a classroom setting (half-day) or as a self-guided development program for an individual manager (2 hours). When used in a classroom setting, it is recommended that each manager have a Manager's Booklet (see corresponding tab).

Key Takeaways

  • A richer understanding of the model and its application
  • Remarkable stories illustrating the model
  • Specific advice and practical tools on how to begin the process of eliminating job misery
  • A common language for discussing job fulfillment

Program Contents

DVD and Companion Guide (includes a sample Manager's Booklet)

Runtime: 45 minutes
Cost: $495.00 (plus tax and shipping)
Format: Available in DVD format

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Facilitator's Guide

Facilitator's Guide

Facilitator's Guide

This guide provides facilitators and trainers with everything needed to create a high-impact half-day or one-day workshop for managers on the topic of employee engagement. This comprehensive workshop package includes an introduction to the model, scripts, presentation slides and a sample Self-Assessment and Participant Workbook.


  • Detailed instructions for preparing, delivering and following up a workshop
  • A script for a half-day or one-day workshop
  • Stories that highlight key aspects of the model
  • Flash Drive with slides, sample agendas, video clips and other helpful tools.
  • Frequently asked questions
  • A poster illustrating the Three Signs model
  • Sample Self-Assessment
  • Sample Participant Workbook*

*A Participant Workbook is required for all workshop attendees.

Participant Workbook

Participant Workbook

The Managing for Employee Engagement: Participant Workbook is the companion piece to the Facilitator's Guide. The Participant Workbook is a hands-on tool that helps managers understand the root causes of job misery and provides action items to develop an engaged workforce.

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Manager's Booklet

Manager's Booklet

Manager's Booklet

This hands-on booklet was developed as a companion piece to The Three Signs of a Miserable Job Video Presentation. It is meant to be an action-oriented tool for leaders to both understand and reflect upon their actions according to the Three Signs model. The booklet is a living document, meaning that after a manager completes the initial exercises and action plans, it should be used, referred to, and updated regularly.

The Manager’s Booklet can be used as part of the training program outlined in The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Video Presentation and Companion Guide.  This booklet is not part of the workshop as outlined in the Managing for Employee Engagement Facilitator's Guide.

When using the Video Presentation in a classroom setting, it is recommended that each manager have a Manager's Booklet.

Booklet Highlights

  • Self-assessment
  • Anti-misery worksheets
  • Suggested next steps
  • Frequently asked questions

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The Three Signs of a Miserable Job

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job was released in Summer of 2007 and quickly rose to the top of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and BusinessWeek best-seller lists. In this book, Patrick Lencioni presents managers and employees alike with a simple model for making any job more rewarding and fulfilling. Managers should start a Miserable Job program by reading this fictional account.

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Comprehensive Kit - New

Comprehensive Kit - New

Comprehensive Kit

This kit provides everything you will need to plan, conduct and follow-up an Employee Engagement (half-day or one-day) workshop for a group of up to 10 managers. The employee engagement materials provide insight, perspective and guidance around making employees jobs more fulfilling by teaching managers how to address the primary signs of job misery: Anonymity, Irrelevance and Immeasurement.

The workshop was developed and field-tested by Patrick Lencioni and his firm, The Table Group. The workshop’s curriculum is both practicable and immediately applicable, prompting managers to make the first steps toward change during the workshop itself.

Kit Contents

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job - 1 copy
The Three Signs of a Miserable Job Video Presentation - 1 copy
Managing for Employee Engagement Facilitator’s Guide - 1 copy
Managing for Employee Engagement Participant Workbook - 10 copies
Managing for Employee Engagement Self-Assessment (paper-based) - 10 copies

Kit Description

The Managing for Employee Engagement workshop presents a disciplined approach for applying the model. The Facilitator's Guide provides suggestions for integrating all products offered in the kit. The 10 paper-based assessments and 10 Participant Workbooks provide materials for each manager. The Three Signs of a Miserable Job video is also part of this comprehensive program. Although this kit is designed for a group of 10 managers, additional materials are available.

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(A $1,519 Value)

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Consulting Services

Consulting Services

For those organizations interested in transforming their culture, reducing turnover and making the lives of your employees more fulfilling, we offer services around the book and products.

Table Group Consultants are now helping companies implement The Three Signs of a Miserable Job model in a number of ways, including:

  • Program development
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Training for internal leaders and practitioners

Visit the Consulting section of our website for more on our services or fill out the consulting inquiry form below:

Consulting Inquiry Form

If you are interested in learning more about our services, please feel free to fill out the form below. If you prefer to talk about our consulting and training offerings via phone, please call our vice president of consulting, Jeff Gibson at 925-299-9705.


Speaking Services

Speaking Services

Whether you’re an executive looking to establish a sustainable competitive advantage around culture, a manager trying to engage and retain your people, or an employee who has almost given up on finding meaning and fulfillment in your work, Pat’s talk on The Three Signs of a Miserable Job will prove immediately invaluable.

Using a mix of humor and poignancy, he dismantles the root causes of frustration and anguish at work: anonymity, irrelevance and immeasurement. In doing so, he provides managers at all levels, as well as employees, with actionable wisdom and advice about how they can bring fulfillment and meaning to any job in any industry.

Speaking Inquiry Form

To inquire about Pat’s availability, please contact Alison Knox at 925.299.9706 or email Or you may complete our easy-to-use online Speaking Inquiry Form below. Please note that we receive dozens of requests on a weekly basis and will make every effort to respond to your inquiry in an expeditious manner.