Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this year thus predicting an early break to Winter’s stranglehold. As I look outside my window, however, there is still snow on the ground in pockets and the temperatures are around 39 degrees…not quite spring. As I travel around Pittsburgh the signs for spring are around…
Nothing says “spring” in the Burgh than the plethora of fish sandwiches offered by restaurants and the breaded, jumbo cod sandwich is a welcome sign. It is amazing how many restaurants in town have the “best” fish sandwich.
I know many of these stories are serious, but the headlines removed the restrain from my brain and we get headline humor. These are the actual headlines as I found on-line. When you click on the headline you will be taken to the original story which more often than not has nothing to do with my vision of the headline.
This is the fourth of the “Fish” books that I have read although it is the third in their series. As the name implies, this volume is about maintaining the momentum of implementing Fish. As usual author Stephen Lundin provides his teaching through the use of a story and includes a bit of his personal life that add a surprising epilogue.
“When the balloons have deflated, the contests have ended, the training is complete, and the natural human tendency to look for the next new thing has started to exert itself, that is when the inevitable gravity pull of old ways sets in. When you are part of such an effort it feels like someone just took her foot off of the accelerator.”
I know that I should stop reading these “Fish” books as they are a reminder of what a lousy environment that I work in. Fish! Tales is a compilation of stories of businesses that implemented the Fish strategies; Play, Make Their Day, Be There, and Choose Your Attitude. It is very inspirational to read about managers who value their employees.
Stephen C. Lundin and his co-authors highlight techniques that can be used at work and at home. One thing that I took away from this edition of the Fish series is recognizing the difference between being physically present versus being fully present:
Having read Fish, I could not help buying a copy of this book when I saw it. It did not hurt that I found a copy miss-priced on the clearance shelves at Half Price Books. I got my copy for $2.00. I was not a cheat; I pointed out their error, but they sold it to me anyway.
In Fish! For Life, Stephen C. Lundin shows you how to apply a business model to your personal life. That sounds funny, but the Fish ingredients nicely fit into family life:
- Play – Carry a light heart
The good news about Fish is that you learn how to bring energy, passion, and a positive attitude to your job everyday. The bad news is that you probably work for someone who does not encourage energy, passion, and a positive attitude. I would not let that stop you from reading this book by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, and John Christensen.
I do not happen to work in a place that emulates the principles in Fish, but I found this book encouraging and entertaining. I always try to have fun at work. It is either that or go crazy.