My most recent read is The Three Signs of a Miserable Job by Patrick Lencioni. I picked this book up at the library book sale, and after completing my bookshelves I sat down to read this. As with his other books, Lencioni writes a parable that illustrates the business principle he is trying to communicate.
The three signs of a miserable job are:
(1) Anonymity: Managers need to know their employees, know who they are and what their lives are about.
(2) Irrelevance: Do your employees know who their work impacts and how?
(3) Immeasurement: Managers need to create clear expectation and measurable goals for employees.
The book does an excellent job of unpacking these through story telling, and the principles are clear and, IMHO, correct. For my role the biggest challenge to me is how to create measurable goals without removing the Holy Spirit from the role of a pastor. This is a serious challenge, but one I am putting thought into as I seek to become a better XP.
Well worth the read.