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4.0 out of 5 stars An awful great read, 30 July 2007
This review is from: Fish! Sticks: A Remarkable Way to Adapt to Changing Times and Keep Your Work Fresh (Paperback)
Only the most churlish could give this a poor review. So let me try. The style is the worst dumb downed American business guru hoopla. The story format is cheesier than the most cheese-laden cheese market in ville de cheese. The messages can mostly be found elsewhere. Charles Handy's Understanding Organisations remains the best overview and Fish Sticks clearly owe a debt to the literature on coaching. But what can you say about a book which is short, demands to be read in a single sitting, has big print summaries, excites with its combination of simple yet hugely powerful lessons, and could actually be implemented by real people in real work places. It's true, when you read it you want to tell someone about it, or even better lend it to someone immediately. Yet the ideas are simple ones. Together with the original Fish, the key notions are that you decide your attitude to the work you do (selling fish has its drawbacks), it's important to have fun at work and to extend this to include your customers, and focus on customer expectations and how to exceed them; then in Fish Sticks, notions of sustaining change by encouraging everybody to identify, personalise and keep discussing your organisational vision. These are healthy messages for organisational renewal and resurgance. And yet how boring and unmemorable that bald summary sounds. It's much better in the orginals which are cheap, quick, cheesey, relevant and above all endearingly irreverent. Fish, like cheese, can definitely be good for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read!, 11 Jun. 2004
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Rolf Dobelli "getAbstract" (Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fish Sticks (Hardcover)
You're back in the fishing boat with the crew that brought you the successful Fish! and Fish! Tales. Offering another finny fable, Stephen C. Lundin, John Christensen and Harry Paul present a business parable based on creating and sustaining successful change. The book uses the same fictitious approach as the other two Fish!ing trips, but this time the story is set at a hospital's nursing station. The agent-of-change head nurse has departed and the new head nurse feels that the group is losing its vision. Then, she discovers that a local sushi restaurant is a model of excellence, and all goes swimmingly after that. Although the advice offered isn't particularly unique, some may find a certain charm in the story. Given that this is round three, the format may seem a little repetitive to those who have already Fish!ed. If you want to catch the core of the message on your first cast, look for the highlights on the occasional pages in whale-size type. We recommend the basic common sense of these messages, even if the storytelling is a little fishy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, 4 Nov. 2011
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S. ISLAM (UK) - See all my reviews
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Got this book for my girlfriend but decided to have a look through it before giving it and i can safely say it is a really insightful book. Gives a different perspective to business and decision making along with delegation and leadership skills. Well worth a read and is really easy to read and digest. Great book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fish Sticks, 1 Feb. 2009
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Mr. Ewan A. Menzies (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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A very good book that helps you understand how to maintain a cultural change in an organisation. There is no one size fits all but instead the book helps guide you to find what is right for your company or department. Make sure you read "Fish" first!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good for self reflection, 31 Jan. 2014
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I read the book Fish many years ago and fully support the Fish philosophy of Choose your attitude, have fun, and smile at work. I use it in my teaching at University. Simple, easy to read but potentially with high impact.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book was very good, not as profound as Fish, 1 Jan. 2015
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Service was as ever with Amazon, outstanding. Book was very good, not as profound as Fish! But still very good, worth a read for developing people in business
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