Fish! Sticks: A Remarkable Paperback – Jan 2 2003
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In this third installment in the popular Fish! series, the authors examine change as a necessary, ongoing process that should never stop--at least not if one wants to keep the workplace vital and fully alive. Using a fictitious sushi restaurant as an example, this fable examines the three principles that Lundin, Christensen, and Paul believe are necessary for continuing success: Find It ("it" being each employee's personal vision of the business), Live It, and Coach It. Readers of the authors' previous books--Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results and Fish! Tales--should find its familiarity comforting. For those new to the series, this standalone volume is easy to read and highly valuable. --David Bombeck --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From 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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Luckily the author anticipates these gross shortcomings and, given the lack of a substantial ideological foundation from which to build, leaves it to the reader to "find his or her own path." This book may be an adequate primer for someone who reads very little and may understand less. The story and dialogue is literally at a sixth to eight grade reading level at its best moments. This is not a book for thoughtful, questioning, analytical, and educated discerning adults.
For a more interesting and dynamic exploration on the nature of work and how it affects our lives one might turn to Walden, Fight Club, Notes From The Underground, Steppenwolf, or just about any counter-capitalist thought to name a few. Then one might discover that transcending work roles rather than defining ones' self by them is the true nature of an individual path.
The good news is that the principles behind such a marvelous atmosphere to work in apply to workplaces in any industry. It is important to Find IT, Be IT and Coach IT.
At the end, I realized that the personal tragedy Steve Ludin (author) suffered has had its impact on the story. The loss of Beth, his thirty-one year old daughter in a car accident to whom this book is dedicated. Beth lived a full life true to the spirit of Fish!. In her memory, I rededicate my commitment to Fish!
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I liked this book because it took the parable book concept to a more productive level by teaching readers how to make changes and ideas stick after the story ends. Read morePublished on June 18 2004
An excellent book for our changing work enviroment. Let's face it, the workplace isn't the same as it use to be. you better get on board or be left behind. Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2004
How do you get a group of people to adopt new strategies of coping with change? This story provides food for thought. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003 by Richard Guberack
I liked this book because it took the parable book concept to a more productive level by teaching readers how to make changes and ideas stick after the story ends. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2003
Not really agree with the book title "remarkable way". In fact, whatever ways that are mentioned in the book is really common sense to everyone.Published on July 2 2003
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