FISH! STICKS: A Remarkable Way to Adapt to Changing Times and Keep Your Work Fresh

Stephen C. Lundin, Author, John Christensen, Joint Author, Harry Paul, Joint Author , read by Oliver Wyman with Mara DeMay, intro. read by Stephen C. Lundin. Hyperion $18.98 (0p) ISBN 978-1-4013-9667-1

This audio version of the third book in the Fish series uses as its example the work at one ward of a large suburban hospital. Rhonda, the supervisor, had been promoted, and her mentor, whom she succeeded, had been an ardent follower of the Fish program. Rhonda believed her staff was paying attention to the patients and were providing a level of service far beyond that at other facilities. However, after some time, she began to notice staffers were sloughing off and seemed not to be providing the absolute best care to the patients. The problem? Keeping the Fish principles fresh and new was difficult. After a visit to a successful sushi restaurant, Rhonda regained her enthusiasm for the program and, with the help of the sushi chef, was able to inspire her staff. In fact, her work was so effective, her staff was able to take over for Rhonda after she suffered a family tragedy. There's something charming about the Fish program, which counsels, "Find it, live it and coach it" ("it" is each employee's vision). The notion that individual workers can have a vision for their workplace and their place within a large organization is indeed empowering. And Rhonda's story offers insights into both personal and professional worlds. However, the simple message is rendered even more unsophisticated by the artificial voices on this audio. There's a kind of squeaky, schoolmarm voice for the older nurse who comes onto the ward, and the intonations used for the various nurses are similar and somewhat grating. Still, in spite of these flaws, the story and the business lessons within it are worth hearing. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 02/03/2003
Release date: 01/01/2003
Genre: Audio
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