Recently I had a light bulb suddenly pop on in the dark recesses of my mind. It burned away a few cobwebs that lit up a vision of the past. As the light grew brighter, it now provided greater clarity. My revelation was that some of the inspirational tools used for improving behavior and attitudes from the 80’s & 90’s have been lying dormant for many years, but are still very relevant today. One, maybe two generations are not even aware these proven tools exist. Today I am reintroducing the FISH! philosophy of a positive attitude and productive behavior based on 4 simple principles.
- playing at work, – Find a way to have fun at work
- making someone’s day – Engage your customers, make them feel appreciated
- being present – Be engaged with the present
- choosing one’s attitude – Only you can decide to have a good attitude
These principles are best described in the short video provided at the end of this article that i strongly urge you to watch.. The FISH! philosophy has been very productive for many individuals and teams around the world. Organizational success is through the empowerment of individuals based on the 4 principles. I believe it will be beneficial and productive for those who take the time to engage in learning the Fish! process. For some it will relight the fire that was dimmed awhile back, for others it will provide a new found resource for positively engaging in work and play. While the message in this video is good for everyone to take the time to mentally engage with, I believe that my fellow Fire & EMS providers would especially benefit if they enacted these practices. I urge you all to take the time after you watch this 8:31 minute story, take a piece of paper and write down at least 3 ways you can engage each of the 4 principles in this video in your own life. I’ve already done this and will reveal my list later.
Accomplishing these principles is not easy. Pikes Peak Fish Market put in many hours and much interaction with their employees to make it work for them. They still work at it everyday to keep it going in the right direction. The road to enacting these principles will be strewn with regression and stubborn obstacles that will try your patience to it’s limit. However you can choose how you will address the 4 principles on your own, in your world and in a positive manner. You have that control. As you will see in the video those who are successful carrying out these principles of FISH! have 3 common denominators; 1. They have the spirit, 2. They are committed, 3. They have energy to be successful. This post isn’t just for the new guys & gals, it’s for all; including mid-level leaders and chiefs. We have Emergency Services Evangelists who travel around country and pop in to your town for 8 hours prompting us to be engaged, combat, ready, aware, don’t be complacent, to make every day a training day, etc. I would ask you to add these 4 principles to the practices they recommend. You will see they fit in nicely.
I ask you to be brave and come back to my blog and post at least 1 thing you did under each principle to be a better human, a better family person and better co-worker. I’ll share them here, on my Twitter and Facebook pages for others to benefit from and hopefully be inspired. Or you can enter 1 challenge you hope to overcome and see if others can provide some support for you.
So as in the words of the Nace Brothers song, “Quit Yer Bitchin” and go with Arlo Guthrie’s commentary in Alice’s Restaurant;
“…And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in Singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an Organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said . Fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and Walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.” It’s time for a new and positive movement. Go FISH! for it.
Now click the link below and tune in and turn on. Hope to hear from you afterwards
More information on FISH! training & products: www.fishphilosophy.com