Monday, March 7, 2011

Book of the Month Review: February - FISH!

Book of the month for February, 2011:

FISH!, by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, and John Christensen

February's book of the month was given to me by the CEO of my new firm, after which he said "A good business book is one you can read entirely on a plane flight from the East Coast to Denver."  Now, it took me longer than a few hours to read, but only because I didn't have that much time in one day to dedicate to reading.

RECOMMENDATION: Must read for anyone who struggles finding joy in their occupation or in motivating their employees.

PAGES: 110
It's a wet, cold, dark day in Seattle, and on the third floor of First Guarantee Financial, people have stopped believing they can make a difference. Teamwork and customer service are a distant memory. The staff is so disconnected from their work that their area is known as the "Toxic Energy Dump."

To new manager Mary Jane Ramirez, the challenge of bringing life back to the toxic energy dump seems overwhelming–until she discovers a workplace down the street that's dramatically different from her own.

These employees are so alive, so joyful, so passionate and so fully present in every moment that people actually come just to watch them work! With nothing to lose, Mary Jane decides to seek help from these unlikely business consultants—real-life fishmongers who transformed their once-dreary business with four simple but profound principles.
A moving parable about the power of personal choice, FISH! is the story of Mary Jane's journey of self-discovery. Along the way she and her team discover they have the power to create the workplace of their dreams through the choices they make every day. And now, each of us can make that same journey.

I really enjoyed reading this book!!  Not only is it written in story format (not just boring business principles) that includes romance, but it's quick and easy to read.  Even though it's easy to read, it made me really think about how I view my work, what I do for a living, and how I can learn to enjoy it if I don't already.  If fish mongers can learn to love what they do (gross), I can learn to love what I do.  If changing your career isn't something you can easily do and if you don't really "enjoy" what you're doing, this can be a life saver.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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