FISH! Philosophy, teamwork, enthusiasm and positive attitudes The FISH! Philosophy is a proven way to find joy and energy in our work. FISH! is a fantastic and easy to read book to illustrate how attitude and fun can lead to exceptional customer service. “The Fish Philosophy ” (Applications for work & life) by Ramki . About the Author Stephen C. Lundin, also referred to as the “Big Tuna Ph.D.

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Fish!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results

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. 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! 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? And don’t worry about Mary Jane and kids.

Hardcoverlnudin. Published March 8th by Hachette Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fish! Our company is using Fish! I have been working for the fisu 27 years and all my previous three or four employers did not allow any of these: Halloween area decorations contest, global festival contest, monthly birthday celebrants dinner philisophy the general manager, santacruzan based on catholic religious festival?

Mohamed you can know the best informathions in this link: Lists with This Book. Aug 04, Trisha rated it did not like it. This was an obligatory “work read”.

It was the classic corporate mumbo jumbo. Imagine a sucky group of employees with bad attitudes With only the tap of a wand and a field trip to a local fish market she transforms this group of losers into productive happy cogs.

With really clever phrases like “choose your attitude” this sage was able to get her team back on track and loving their jobs, life and eachother.

Fish!: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen C. Lundin

Not once did they explore what made Suckiest book ever! Not once did they explore what made those poor saps so ineffective or consider that perhaps there were some structural changes that could have perhaps contributed to the “attitude” problems on the gig. I would much preferred to have read skymall magazine on the plane or chatted with the stranger sitting next to me I believe fish was an appropriate name because when I finished with it, I wanted to wrap it up in newspaper and put it out with the trash!

View all 3 comments. Oct 26, K. Absolutely rated it it was ok Shelves: Halloween area decorations contest, global festival contest, monthly birthday celebrants dinner with the general manager, santacruzan based on catholic religious festivalinterest clubs book club is one of these and I am one of the members and I will use Goodreadsetc.


Honestly, I am not sure if they add value to the business including th Our company is using Fish! Honestly, I am not sure if they add value to the business including the book club. But I can see that most of the employees are enjoying these and “Have Fun at Work” is part of the management philosophy that the company espouses so who am I to argue with that.

Because of our company book club, I am now in the look out for an appropriate books to read: I do not have any problem with the fiction because there are just too many available. The non-fiction is a different matter because most booklovers, at least most of my friends here in Goodreads, are not really into this. So, when I saw this hardbound book – pristine, clean and crispy – being sold for only P75, I bought it right away. The fictional story revolves around Mary Janea mother whose husband just died so she has to support all by herself her two small children.

She works as a manager in a fictional company called First Guarantee Financial. Because she works hard as she is now the sole provider for her kidsher efforts are noticed and the company president assigns her to fix the operation on the third floor of the building.

That operation is functioning so badly that it has earned the name: The Toxic Energy Dump. One day, Mary Jane is walking and she heard a happy commotion – noise and laughters – from the direction of the market called Pike Place Fish where the fishmongers salesclerks are throwing the fishes, whole or parts, in the air.

The buyers are enjoying the philoso;hy not only the throwing but also the full attention and friendly conversations they get from the salesclerks. That was how the idea of Fish! I remember my boss sent me a copy of the video before and I just brushed it aside thinking that we do not have anything to throw inside the office. The book explained other ways to have fun at work. It is only now that I understand exactly how can this work to boost morale, improve results and minimize resignations.

Those decorating activities, the employees dancing inside stepuen pantry, the ladies dressed up like Reina Elena walking in procession along the hallway, etc. Those are, even how ironic they seem, to encourage them to be more productive. This book aims to tell the reader how this can be possible and I am stopping here so as not to spoil your fun.

My only comment is that the frame story is the suckiest story that I’ve ever read.

It is mind-bugging not mind-boggling. Having read so many fiction works, this one is like a bug, say a cockroach, that you want to step on until its intestines are spread on the floor.

You have to step on it because the stepphen cockroach can fly and it can go inside your ears and creep into your brain. That’s how you’d feel reading that story. It is badly written that I felt insulted and afraid reading it. It seemed like the author thought that only lundkn office people or those who after reading the fairy tales while they were very young were not required by their schools to read stephwn book would have the interest to read his book.

Check the name and profiles of the 3 authors: Not anyone of them had philoaophy a book prior to this yet! Last night, I started reading the second book yeah, this book is so successful it has a sequel!!! View all 13 comments. Jul 21, Nicholas Karpuk rated it did not like it. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard so much negative feedback on a book that no one’s actually read. Stephem coworker cleaning out his desk handed me this slim hardback volume along with “Leadership and the One Minute Manager,” both of which he received at some sort of managerial seminar.


I’m usually up to give read just about anything, and neither volume extended much beyond pages. When I asked him about fish, he casually explained that it was a book on how to brainwash your employees. Not sure he read I don’t know if I’ve ever heard so much negative feedback on a book that no one’s actually read.

Not sure he read it honestly, but luncin again I’m not lundim sure the people who hand out these books actually believe its message. I guess what I’m getting at is the corporate world is full of misanthropes. While the notion of using a story as a framework for a message of corporate betterment probably didn’t start with this book, it seems like it definitely gave it a bit more ground in popularity. It’s a sugar pill meant to push about a page-worth of data down the throat of lower level management.

It’s rotten for ffish that you’re right. When you create the scenario you guarantee success for the avatars of your chosen methods. Everyone who disagrees becomes a straw man you can set ablaze.

Book Summary – FISH! by Stephen Lundin

It’s like CS Lewis saying there’s a magic world through the wardrobe. It doesn’t prove a damn thing in and of itself. Here’s a spoiler for the book straight out of Wikipedia: Choose Your Attitude What’s funny is that most of the advice I’ve read in these sort of books just tell you to act like a civil, respectful human being.

Being positive and trying to make your environment as good as it can be for your employees isn’t really a feat of neurology. So what stops it from happening?

Well, it’s easier not to. The well of positive energy is poisoned from above, not below. The example is set from a much higher point than the middle management this is aimed at.

Fish! Philosophy

In a way it’s sort of abrasive to have them throwing this book at underlings and saying, “Here, get a good attitude! The people with the power seem to feel they don’t need to study anything at all, since their power is proof that they syephen know all they need to as is.

As proof of this, a friend of mine who saw the book mentioned that he got this book along with a write-up as his last job with ticketmaster. He of course did not read it, as being punished with a book on positive morale didn’t sit well with him.

The unwritten messsage of the book as its used in practice is, “Have a good attitude or else! Wikipedia has a counter-argument that sums it up far better than I could, so I’ll end with it: