Fish! A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results

Fish! A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786866021
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/08/2000
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 39,469
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 9.86(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About 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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Fish! A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Science-Lady More than 1 year ago
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!
M_L_Gooch_SPHR More than 1 year ago
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.

Once again, I liked the book just don't expect to be pointed in a corrective position.

Michael L. Gooch, SPHR
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
noneofthis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the worst book I have ever read. As it is also too slender to act as a doorstop and too light to use as a functional defense mechanism, it has no redeemable value whatsoever.
dhorik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An easy to read, very true book. Not quite a mind boggling story. However, after reading the book you'll find that some principles indeed are quite useful and essential (such as fun in work, honest interest in people etc.) to create a healthy work environment.
taylorh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good workplace recommendation. Thanks boss.Sep 2006Fish is written as a personal parable much in the fashion of Ishmael, making the structure and information much easier to digest and relate to. A well chosen story path displaying many traits, doubts, and questions, which readers can see themselves in. Not epiphanic, but still uplifting.
Sandydog1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun little ditty that can be read in about an hour.
slarsoncollins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like the concepts, though I found the story to be a bit lacking. We've instituted these practices at work and I've got to say that I'm enjoying it. Having fun at work is HUGELY important and this book teaches to that concept.
kimreadthis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Decent, simple advice: Choose your attitude; Play; Be present in the moment; and Make your customer's day. Awful backstory to present the four maxims - very saccharine and annoying.
BinnieBee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great way to pick up your attitude about work. We all pretty much hate it, is the theme, but we can't really afford to have that attitude if we hope to have a satisfying life. This books gives very specific advice on how to improve your attitude about work, and therefore your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great leadership strategies. Wonderful, practical answers to inspire your team to success.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever. It is one to keep in your library and reread over and over
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Fun Cool Wow
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