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Fish! Sticks: A Remarkable Way to Adapt to Changing Times and Keep Your Work Fresh

Fish! Sticks: A Remarkable Way to Adapt to Changing Times and Keep Your Work Fresh

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by Stephen C. Lundin, John Christensen, Harry Paul

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The 'o-FISH!-al' follow-up to the phenomenal bestselling Fish! and Fish! Tales, Fish! Sticks is a stand-alone business parable that shows you how to come up with a vision for your business and how to keep it alive, vital, and renewed through tough times, such as turnover in management and staff or a troubled economy. Using the example of a


The 'o-FISH!-al' follow-up to the phenomenal bestselling Fish! and Fish! Tales, Fish! Sticks is a stand-alone business parable that shows you how to come up with a vision for your business and how to keep it alive, vital, and renewed through tough times, such as turnover in management and staff or a troubled economy. Using the example of a hugely successful, fictional sushi restaurant as a model for a vision of continual renewal, Fish! Sticks employs the same kind of easy-to-read story that was used in Fish! to illustrate its three major principals of continued success: Commit, Be It, and Coach It.

When Stephanie, a new manager, takes over from a wildly popular and now promoted boss, she is faced with the problem of how to keep spirits up in a corporate unit that has, frankly, started to get bored and cranky and revert to its old ways. But then she visits the amazing Taka Sushi (formerly Taka Teriyaki), with its lines of customers cheerfully waiting for hours to get in. Soon, she realizes that the way to keep her employees motivated and her customers delighted can be learned from a bunch of waiters who teach one another everything they need to know. And when she finds out just how the owner of Taka knew to switch her main bill of fare from teriyaki to sushi long before anyone else, what she really discovers is the secret of keeping your work fresh.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This audio version of the third book in the Fish series uses as its example the work at one ward of a large suburban hospital. Rhonda, the supervisor, had been promoted, and her mentor, whom she succeeded, had been an ardent follower of the Fish program. Rhonda believed her staff was paying attention to the patients and were providing a level of service far beyond that at other facilities. However, after some time, she began to notice staffers were sloughing off and seemed not to be providing the absolute best care to the patients. The problem? Keeping the Fish principles fresh and new was difficult. After a visit to a successful sushi restaurant, Rhonda regained her enthusiasm for the program and, with the help of the sushi chef, was able to inspire her staff. In fact, her work was so effective, her staff was able to take over for Rhonda after she suffered a family tragedy. There's something charming about the Fish program, which counsels, "Find it, live it and coach it" ("it" is each employee's vision). The notion that individual workers can have a vision for their workplace and their place within a large organization is indeed empowering. And Rhonda's story offers insights into both personal and professional worlds. However, the simple message is rendered even more unsophisticated by the artificial voices on this audio. There's a kind of squeaky, schoolmarm voice for the older nurse who comes onto the ward, and the intonations used for the various nurses are similar and somewhat grating. Still, in spite of these flaws, the story and the business lessons within it are worth hearing. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Soundview Executive Book Summaries
A Short Parable with Big Applications
In Fish! Sticks, the authors who originated the original FISH! philosophy to help people add energy and passion to their work have produced another short business parable to help leaders sustain a change effort after the original momentum has subsided. In a tale about a health-care leader who is working to keep a successful change initiative alive in her hospital, the authors deliver poignant advice about holding on to a culture of innovation before efforts backslide. As other characters add depth and color to the points Fish! Sticks delivers, a set of principles emerges about the next steps that must be taken after an initial change.

'Find IT, Live IT and Coach IT'
Fish! Sticks packs much wisdom about sustaining vision, finding personal passion, and facing challenges into a short book. Its clarity and timeless lessons are put into the contexts of a busy hospital, as well as a successful sushi restaurant, as the main character strives to make change stick. Characters who cross her path help her find the passion and vision to perpetuate the good work of the powerful leader who came before her. She also learns to understand the importance of finding a personal piece of the vision, called "IT." The lessons she learns are defined and shared through simple, useful features in the book, such as a list of vision principles that demonstrate how leaders can "Find IT, Live IT and Coach IT."

Why Soundview Likes This Book
This book is a valuable source of motivation for those committed to success and looking for the inspiration to take them to the next level of leadership. It stands out as a wonderful example of how a short fictional tale can teach the lessons of life in a simple, to-the-point story. Fish! Sticks updates the parable genre with a modern setting and some very complex scenarios. Copyright (c) 2003 Soundview Executive Book Summaries

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Hachette Books
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5.87(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)
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18 Years

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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Fish! Sticks 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You¿re back in the fishing boat with the crew that brought you the successful Fish! and Fish! Tales. Offering another finny fable, Stephen C. Lundin, John Christensen and Harry Paul present a business parable based on creating and sustaining successful change. The book uses the same fictitious approach as the other two Fish!ing trips, but this time the story is set at a hospital¿s nursing station. The agent-of-change head nurse has departed and the new head nurse feels that the group is losing its vision. Then, she discovers that a local sushi restaurant is a model of excellence, and all goes swimmingly after that. Although the advice offered isn¿t particularly unique, some may find a certain charm in the story. Given that this is round three, the format may seem a little repetitive to those who have already Fish!ed. If you want to catch the core of the message on your first cast, look for the highlights on the occasional pages in whale-size type. We recommend the basic common sense of these messages, even if the storytelling is a little fishy.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Some good book. I think everyone needs to compare notes from time to time. And parable telling works with just a little thought-taking. So why not? It is easy and helpful. For those that really want to add to their reservior of succcess read Go Virtual. Go Virtual makes the fish books even better. The big fish swim a little deeper. In the depth is a spoonfull of sugar!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anchoring change in an organization is an important issue and is described nicely in this fictional book. I found the sushi setting intriguing as a context for change. I read all the best-selling business books and summaries. The best book for OPTIMIZING change, personal leadership, thinking and morale within an organization is OPTIMAL THINKING.