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Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and…

Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results

by Stephen C. Lundin, John Christensen, Harry Paul

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This story has an allegorical feel about it as it provides insight into how to turn a toxic energy dump into a fun place to work. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Jan 17, 2016 |
A short story, presumably fiction, about a woman who steps into a messy new supervising role with the company she works. An encounter with the friendly staff of a nearby fish market one lunch time leads her to the solution to her problems.
1 Choose the attitude that you bring to your work
2 Make work playful
3 Make the day of those you interact with such as customers
4 Be present - actively listen ( )
  PhillipThomas | May 4, 2015 |
The book essentially talks about one idea - 'Work made fun gets done.' In particular it deals with how to save the workplace from becoming a 'toxic energy dump'.

The fish! Philosophy -

1. Bring the right attitude to work - Choose your attitude just like you would in a rough neighbourhood - where you don't show nerve.

2. Play - Fun is energizing and helps a serious business.

3. Make their day - Include Customers in your good time; create goodwill.

4. Be Present - Not tied down by the past or dreaming away into the future. Giving full attention is the surest sign of a good relationship.

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  ecoprob | Apr 25, 2015 |
An amusing little anecdote that entertained me through work and explained the playful nature behind how my newest work is run. It's not too bad, even if the ending is a little too forced. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Jul 24, 2013 |
Data-Wave: management inspiration: be there, play, something else(?)
  FKarr | Apr 5, 2013 |
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Here's another management parable that draws its lesson from an unlikely source--this time it's the fun-loving fishmongers at Seattle's Pike Place Market. In Fish! the heroine, Mary Jane Ramirez, recently widowed and mother of two, is asked to engineer a turnaround of her company's troubled operations department, a group that authors Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul, and John Christensen describe as a "toxic energy dump." Most reasonable heads would cut their losses and move on. Why bother with this bunch of losers? But the authors don't make it so easy for Mary Jane. Instead, she's left to sort out this mess with the help of head fishmonger Lonnie. Based on a bestselling corporate education video, Fish! aims to help employees find their way to a fun and happy workplace. While some may find the story line and prescriptions--such as "Choose Your Attitude," "Make Their Day," and "Be Present"--downright corny, others will find a good dose of worthwhile motivational management techniques. If you loved Who Moved My Cheese? then you'll find much to like here. And don't worry about Mary Jane and kids. Fish! has a happy ending for everyone. --Harry C. Edwards

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A guide to improving the atmosphere at work, given in the format of a novel: a fictional manager learns how to improve her co-workers' morale and production by following the lead of the remarkably energetic Pike Place Fish market in Seattle.

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