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. In Fish! the heroine, Mary Jane Ramirez, recently widowed and mother of two, is asked to engineer a turnaround of her company's troubled operations department, a group that authors Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul, and John Christensen describe as a "toxic energy dump." Most reasonable heads would cut their losses and move on. 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! aims to help employees find their way to a fun and happy workplace. 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? then you'll find much to like here. And don't worry about Mary Jane and kids. Fish! has a happy ending for everyone. --Harry C. Edwards
¿Tiene algo que ofrecer un mercado callejero a una multinacional con problemas? Mary Jane, una ejecutiva de esa empresa, descubrirá que sí, y mucho. El departamento en que ella trabaja es temido y odiado por todos los demás empleados de la empresa. ¿Por qué? Porque en él todo se atasca y se retrasa. Además, el personal que trabaja ahí parece perpetuamente malhumorado o desinteresado en hacer bien su tarea.
Sin embargo, Lonnie el pescadero o cualquiera de los demás vendedores no sólo parece que estén pasándoselo bien, sino que, además, los clientes están encantados y es la pescadería que más vende. Siguiendo los consejos de Lonnie, Mary Jane logrará infundir motivación a su departamento y logrará que deje de ser el basurero tóxico, como lo calificaban el resto de compañeros
In this engrossing parable, a fictional manager is charged with the responsibility of turning a chronically unenthusiastic and unhelpful department into an effective team. Down the street from her office is Seattle's very real Pike Place Fish, a world fam
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FISH, Aug 12, 2023
This book is a great read. The characters are normal, therefore, most anyone can relate. Will definitely find my way to the fish market out west!!
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Bored at work?, Jul 20, 2023
A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results is the subtitle of the book. So if you are getting bored at your job, this could be your book for next week. Book based on true story of Mary Jane Ramirez, who recently lost her husband and mother of two. She was assigned to the worst department of the firm called as "toxic energy dump". She was wondering herself about how to fix the problem during first few weeks. One day, she saw very happy people at the fish market. She started to ponder about situation, fish guys were doing a low wage and dead end job but they were very happy and performing great at the job. She impressed with what she saw at the fish market. Then she went in details about fish market. Owner of the fish store gave her the four magic things.
1) Play: Try to enjoy what you are doing at work like you are playing.
2) Choose your attitude: You can be happy or frustrated at work, it is your decision so get your happy face to work every day.
3) Make Their Day: Keep your customer or co-workers happy. Try to find small things that make the day their day.
4) Be present: Be at work every time. Seize the day and share with your friends.
When she applied these 4 magic rules to her department, things started to change in a positive way and everybody at the department felt better. Also, there is a very happy ending for her at the story.
In conclusion, it is a very easy to read book. You can finish it in 3 hours. There are many good and applicable information at the book. I suggest you read this book and try to apply your personnel life. Things will get better by the time.
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Work can be fun, Jul 17, 2023
Many organizations can afford to introduce levity into the workplace. Research shows that when employees are happy, they are more productive. For those who equate work with stress, this is a valuable book. Written as a fictional learning experience, four principles are presented. You can see for yourself how these principles worked for Mary Jane, the main character, and her team. This book is an easy read, and worth a shot. Another book that transformed our team and our workplace for the best and which I absolutely recommend is Optimal Tninking--How To be Your Best Self.
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Working 8, 9, 10 + hours a day? Why shouldn't it be fun???, May 2, 2023
Fish! Is a fun book, sort of like "Who moved my cheese" (1)
My experience in several Fortune 500 companies, both as an employee and as a consultant testifies to the fact that Fish! is more fact than fiction.
One fundamental difference is the book's realism. The book draws lessons from an unlikely source of inspiration, the fun-loving fishmongers at Seattle's Pike Place Market.
In Fish! the heroine, Mary Jane Ramirez, having left sunny California to move to Seattle, and then suddenly widowed, is asked to engineer a turnaround of her company's troubled operations department, a group that the authors describe as a "toxic energy dump." Most reasonable heads would call it a day and move on. Why bother with this bunch of losers? Of course 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. Fish! aims to help employees find their way to a fun and happy workplace.
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? then you'll find much to like here.
Shouldn't work be more than grudgingly toiling for 8, 9, 10 + hours a day? And, why shouldn't it be fun. It reminds me of a statement I once read (2) about money myths - "it's not right to enjoy yourself and get paid for it." Who made up this garbage? While reading Fish! is not a magic solution to productivity, it is a step in the right direction. My personal recommendation is for senior managers to read this book first, then ask associates to read with the understanding that senior managers will be open to discuss how to build a better, more productive, and fun workplace.
1) "Who Moved My Cheese", Spencer Johnson. Reviewed in August issue of Byvation.
2) "Money is My Friend", Phil Laut. pp. 4-5
Michael Davis - Editor, Byvation
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Not Bad!, Apr 10, 2023
I did not want to like this book - it is popular and faddish. In spite of myself, I read it and really enjoyed the story. It is cheap, and with another book, shipping was free, so can't complain about that. The story is fun, but it is up to you to apply the lessons to your own life. That is as it should be. Don't look for a miracle, but stay open minded and you will learn something. Even if it is just one helpful thing, it's worth this quick read.