In this week’s Leader Reader we are talking about the book Fish! A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul, and John Christenson.
Fish is a story of the world famous Pike’s Place Fish Market. Mary Jane, the main character in this story discovers this fish market for the first time when she goes for a walk during lunch to get away from the toxic energy of her workplace.
Pike’s Place is filled with a completely different kind of energy.
Fish are flying through the air. There’s a group of employees having fun and engaging with the people around them. There’s even a crowd of people gathering around just to watch them work. People are laughing and enjoying the whole experience.
Through a mentor named Lonnie, Mary Jane begins to learn the secrets behind Pike’s Place. How they turned the smelly, slimy business of selling fish into the world famous Pike’s Place fish market.
Fish describes her journey of discovering these secrets and implements them into her work environment. It’s really the story of transformation, of taking an organization from ordinary to extraordinary.
It talks specifically about business but works exactly the same in any organization. If your organization needs an injection of positive, vibrant energy, if you are ready to become world famous….This book can give you the steps.
There are four main fundamental practices that Mary Jane discovers:
- Choose your attitude
There is always a choice about the way you do your work, even if there is not a choice about the work itself.
You can choose to be world famous or you choose to be ordinary
- Make their day
- Be present
Another part of this book that I really like is because you are following the story of Mary Jane as she tries to implement these principles in her business they give you exact steps to help you implement these principles in your organization.
Fish is a very unique book and I know my description and review is not doing it justice by any means.
This is a fun, light hearted story of creating an organization that people take pride in being a part of. If you are looking to do that too. You can pick up a copy below.
If you have read Fish leave a comment and let us know what you thought. Also, take some time to brag up your organization. Comment Question: What do you love about your organization?