April 6, 2010

News & Opinion: Ten Years of Fish!

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:23 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Believe it or not, it's been ten years since the launch of the fable that changed millions of lives, Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul, and John Christensen's Fish!: A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results.

Hyperion has just released an new edition of the book, with an updated foreward and additional testimonials. Missed out on the first edition? Not familiar with the story? Here's how the publisher describes it. Now's your chance to pick this up, or revisit a classic in business literature.

"Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion, and a positive attitude to the job every day. Imagine an environment in which people are truly connected to their work, to their colleagues, and to their customers. In this engrossing parable, a fictional manager is charged with the responsibility of turning a chronically unenthusiastic and unhelpful department into an effective team. Across the street from her office is Seattle's very real Pike Place Fish Market, world famous and wildly successful thanks to its fun, bustling, joyful atmosphere and customer service. By applying ingeniously simple lessons learned from the actual Pike Place fishmongers, our manager learns how to energize those who report to her and effect an astonishing transformation in her workplace.

Addressing today's work issues (including employee retention and burnout) with an engaging metaphor and an appealing message that applies to any sector of any organization, "Fish!" offers wisdom that is easy to grasp, instantly applicable, and profound -- the hallmarks of a true business classic."

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.