Fish | Morale Booster or Office Divider

Fish | Morale Booster or Office Divider

When the book, Fish, came out in 2000, it was an instant best-seller. It had all the pop culture lingo that people loved and was a fast-paced read, which always helps business people perpetually short on time. I worked in a real estate office back then. A very cut throat real estate office. My boss found Fish one Saturday afternoon while wandering through a bookstore. She read it and the next thing you know our whole office was “going Fish”. There were Fish balloons, Fish groups, Fish meetings, Fish you-name-its!  

 It was supposed to build morale. I mean, it said so right on the cover. It didn’t. Don’t get me wrong; I loved the book. It was great and hit all those key points that need to be covered if you want to run an effective and, more importantly, a cohesive team. However, in our case, it happened so fast. People were being “instructed” to read the book, whether they had time or not. Whether they wanted to or not. They got offended because they did like being told what to do. Unfortunately, the people that read it and understood the excitement ending up getting offended as well. They couldn’t understand why the other half did not want to play along.

So, review: great book, great ideas, great read. Warning: if you want to introduce the Fish concept to your office, try not to do it in the course of just one week. It needs to happen slowly to allow everyone to adjust. And, really, being forced to do something isn’t part of the Fish philosophy anyway.