Fish!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results [NOOK Book]

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Over 5 Million Copies Sold! Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion, and a positive attitude to the job every day.

A powerful parable that will help you see your life and work in a new way.


It's a rainy day in Seattle, and on the third floor of First Guarantee Financial, people have stopped believing they can ...
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Fish!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results

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Overview

Over 5 Million Copies Sold! Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion, and a positive attitude to the job every day.

A powerful parable that will help you see your life and work in a new way.


It's a rainy day in Seattle, and on the third floor of First Guarantee Financial, people have stopped believing they can make a difference. To new manager Mary Jane Ramirez, the challenge of bringing life back to her unenthusiastic and unmotivated team seems impossible, until she discovers an incredibly successful workplace down the street where the employees are so alive and passionate that people stop just to watch them work!


FISH! is the remarkable story of what happens when Mary Jane seeks the help of these unlikely business "experts" and learns their secret: four simple practices that, when applied daily, help anyone to be more energized, effective, and fulfilled.


Filled with inspiration and timeless wisdom that will resonate with anyone in any field or career level, it's easy to see why FISH! is one of the most popular business parables of all time. People in organizations around the world use its practical lessons to improve customer service, build trust and teamwork, bolster leadership, and increase employee satisfaction. They also use the lessons to strengthen personal relationships, fulfill lifelong dreams, and realize their ambitions.


FISH! will help you discover the amazing power that is already inside you to make a positive difference-wherever you are in life.


Based on a bestselling ChartHouse training video which has been adopted by corporations including Southwest Airlines, Sprint, and Nordstrom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401394691
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/11/2009
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 46,938
  • File size: 802 KB

Meet the Author

Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D., is a filmmaker, graduate business school professor, and professional speaker. He runs a corporate membership seminar series as part of the Institute for Management Studies and leads the Institute for Creativity and Innovation at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. He lives in Minnesota.

Harry Paul is currently a full time motivational speaker. He lives in San Diego.

John Christensen, an award-winning filmmaker, lives is Minneapolis. He is now CEO of ChartHouse Learning Corporation, the leading producer of corporate learning films, including Fish!, the video, which has been adopted by thousands of corporations nationwide. He lives in Minnesota.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2004

    If it were only this simple...

    I thought the book had a couple things going for it. I loved the four principles: choose your attitude, have fun, make their day, and be present. These are all idealistic and special when they can be implemented. I also enjoyed the parable format and found the book to be a quick read. On the other hand, the book has some serious flaws. For example, one of the principles is 'Choose your Attitude.' It would be wonderful if every person could be magically transformed into having a good attitude. But that's not the way it works in the real world. Though I deeply believe that a lot of people can develop a great attitude if they are managed correctly, the truth is that there are some people out there who have terrible attitudes (i.e. they are lazy, don't work well with others, don't take pride in their work, etc.) and will never change regardless of how they are managed. It's a shame this has to be done, but the best way to deal with this problem is to fire these types of employees (after giving them a fair chance to get better) and replace them with people who have a good attitude. Also, the authors virtually said nothing about the importance of how employees are managed. If you want an employee to have a good attitude, I personally feel that genuinely listening to their ideas or giving them a sincere compliment on their work will often do the trick. But good management techniques such as this aren't touched on in the book. In summary, the book is worth reading since it'll only take an hour or two of your time. But remember that this Fish! is swimming in shallow water. Greg Blencoe Author, The Ten Commandments for Managers

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2012

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    Great motivational book!

    Though the story in this book is fictional, the lesson is great! It really breaks down how to motivate your employees, and how to make the work place a happier place to be. I highly recomend this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Work made fun gets done

    Fish! tells the story of a woman who is going through a very difficult time in her life. She discovers the fish mongers at the Pike's Place fish market in Seattle and is amazed by their ability to enjoy their job, no matter how smelly or difficult. She translates this lesson to her workplace with much success, as many organizations have done through this book.<BR/><BR/>My favorite parable for leadership and personal productivity, which I strongly recommend, is Squawk! - How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Okay with Reservations

    I really liked this simple, small book. I really did. However, as a director of human resources, I was hoping for more depth. While the book is a fun tale, the lessons contained therein are too whimsical to really help corporations with their real problems. Sure, everyone wants to strive for fun, teamwork, etc., however, the daily arena does not allow such graceful answers. <BR/><BR/>Once again, I liked the book just don't expect to be pointed in a corrective position. <BR/><BR/>Michael L. Gooch, SPHR

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Makes work fun

    Other posters have commented on outside services associated with this product, but all I can speak of is the book itself. Fish! is the best book out there on finding the fun in work and turning dreary days into high energy activity. As for a book that builds teamwork between peers, gets management and subordinates working well together, and creates top-notch performance that everyone can be proud of (not just the boss) there is no better book than Squawk!: How to Stop Making Noise and Start Getting Results

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    Great for supervisors or managers!

    This book can be read in one day. It's very short, sweet and to the point. This is a great read for someone who is in charge of a team, manager, supervisor, etc. The basis of the book is on 4 elements of a great team. It gives you ideas of how to turn your team from boring to brillant. Highly recommended! As an employee, I would love for our team leader to focus more on having fun and engaging clients. The corporate world has become much too serious!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2006

    Nothing fishy here.

    A short story about a manager who turns an unenthusiatic department into an effective team by using the principles from a fishmarket. The book is very popular and reminds me a lot of another business title 'The Sixty-Second Motivator.' I have seen the video that the book was based upon- it's a pretty cool. Probably a lot of managers will benefit from Fish if they use its priciples and may find that it can help to increase employee retention and motivate workers to take pride in what they do. The story is very short and can be read easily in a day- so you can start using the principles right away. In a nutshell, the book is designed to help people love the work they do even if they can't always do the work they love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2006

    Fish! Bound

    I enjoyed reading this book. It has opened my eyes to what is needed to exit the 'toxic waste dump'. Life is too short to work in an extemely negative enviroment. You are part of the problem or part of the solution. I choose to be part of the solution. Fish! is a great read, short and to the point. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Frepaw

    Mally you in here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Jd

    Fun
    Cool
    Wow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Warriors Den

    Warriors Den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    Wow

    The movie is absolutely hilarious but def not worth $500 to rent it and $800 to own cant believe the book is cheap lol

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Were nursury

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Stupid

    Not even remotely interesting .

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    FISH!

    Great communication, speedy delivery and item shipped in mint condition. Thank you.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2008

    Had to fetch far for the fish

    I'm a fan of Blanchard style of storytelling, but I didnt understand the kudos for this book. The story didnt work for me at all. The real world would show an exodus of staff from the third floor to positions/companies elsewhere. Having a fish market save the day was too far fetched. I'm flying away to other leadership books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    The book is a winner to the public.

    I think that Fish was a good book.A story that tells a lady husband dieing and her having to move location in her job. She meet this man that worked at a fish restuarant. He taught her how to change what they call the toxic dump into a fun place to work . As she chanage the toxic dump she learned something real important. Well that all I'm going to say about this book and I well tell you read the book. It first I didn't thing I would like this book cause it look boring. I recommend this book to anyone that enjoy a book that tell a good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2005

    Fun in the workplace

    This book is based on the four principles that make the workplace fun in a Seattle fish market. As I work in a stressful environment, the book helped me to stop and smell the roses. I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2005

    Make the most of it

    Good book if only because in reading it you take the time to build some perspective and consider other paths. Simple story, but that's the point.

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