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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (Aug. 17 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787995312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787995317
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 18 2008
Format: Hardcover
According to research conducted by The Gallup organization, only 25% of employees are engaged in their jobs, 55% of them are just going through the motions, and 20% of them are working against their employers' interests. What's going on? In the Introduction to his latest book, Patrick Lencioni acknowledges what he characterizes as "Sunday Blues [:] those awful feelings of dread and depression that many people get toward the end of their weekend as they contemplate going back to work the next day...What was particularly troubling for me then [when he had such feelings] was not just that I dreaded going to work, but that I felt like I should have enjoyed what I was doing...That's when I decided that the Sunday Blues just didn't make any sense" and he resolved to "figure out what [personal fulfillment in work] was so I could help put an end to the senseless tragedy of job misery, both for myself and for others."

In this book, Lencioni shares what he then learned during his journey of discovery.

As is his custom, he uses the business fable genre to introduce and develop his insights. His narrative has a cast of characters, a plot, crisp dialog, various crises and conflicts, and eventually a plausible climax. Here's the situation as the narrative begins. Brian Bailey is the CEO of JMJ Fitness Machines. After fifteen years under his leadership, JMJ has become the number three, at times two "player" in its industry. "With no debt, a well-respected brand, and plenty of cash in the bank, there was no reason to suspect that the privately held company was in danger. And then one day it happened"....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cecily Bengert on Oct. 18 2013
Format: Hardcover
This author is so easily readable and easy to understand - he writes like a fable or a story, so it isn't dry and you actually want to keep reading. I've found most business and management books are very very dull and are hard to get through, not Patrick Lencioni.
This was the first book I read by him and I've since read 4 more. Excellent quality, very solid management tools.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig A on Aug. 11 2012
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The hardcover book itself was in great shape. However the cover was covered in dirt and staining. Far from the very good described.
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