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Speed Review: Fish! Sticks

Speed Review: Fish! Sticks

Speed Review: Fish! Sticks

A Remarkable Way to Adapt to Changing Times and Keep Your Work

by John Christensen, Stephen Lundin & Harry Paul

In Fish! Sticks, the authors who originated the original FISH! philosophy to help people add energy and passion to their work have produced another short business parable to help leaders sustain a change effort after the original momentum has subsided. Fish! Sticks follows in the tradition of other motivational parables that have inspired leaders through the years. One of these is Peter B. Kyne’s The Go-Getter, a short book first published by William Randolph Hearst in 1921 that shows readers how they can increase productivity, take initiative and excel against the odds. Both books offer timeless advice about meeting goals, learning from experience, asking the right questions, and tackling tough projects with unflagging zeal.

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A Short Parable with Big Applications

In Fish! Sticks, the authors who originated the original FISH! philosophy to help people add energy and passion to their work have produced another short business parable to help leaders sustain a change effort after the original momentum has subsided. In a tale about a health-care leader who is working to keep a successful change initiative alive in her hospital, the authors deliver poignant advice about holding on to a culture of innovation before efforts backslide. As other characters add depth and color to the points Fish! Sticks delivers, a set of principles emerges about the next steps that must be taken after an initial change.

'Find IT, Live IT and Coach IT'

Fish! Sticks packs much wisdom about sustaining vision, finding personal passion, and facing challenges into a short book. Its clarity and timeless lessons are put into the contexts of a busy hospital, as well as a successful sushi restaurant, as the main character strives to make change stick. Characters who cross her path help her find the passion and vision to perpetuate the good work of the powerful leader who came before her. She also learns to understand the importance of finding a personal piece of the vision, called "IT." The lessons she learns are defined and shared through simple, useful features in the book, such as a list of vision principles that demonstrate how leaders can "Find IT, Live IT and Coach IT."

Why Soundview Likes This Book
This book is a valuable source of motivation for those committed to success and looking for the inspiration to take them to the next level of leadership. It stands out as a wonderful example of how a short fictional tale can teach the lessons of life in a simple, to-the-point story. Fish! Sticks updates the parable genre with a modern setting and some very complex scenarios.

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