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Today's blog comes from one of my mentors, Dan Sanders:
Seattle is the home of the current super bowl champions. I say current because sooner or later my New England Patriots will revolt and rebel and take back the coveted crown of blood, cuts, and broken bones.
I’ve traveled extensively in the U.S, but I’ve never been to Seattle. I love the north coast of the West Coast, and Oregon has one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. I have been as far north as Klamath Falls, just north of the California border and just south of Crater Lake National Park, a truly beautiful area.
If you ask my friends in Seattle what else Seattle has besides the Seahawks, they might say, what else do we need? If you’ve never heard of the FISH! Philosophy, perhaps you have never talked to a trout or salmon or your company doesn’t know, or want you to know, about it. The FISH! Philosophy is commonly used to improve the culture of an organization, and it began at Pike Place Fish Market in—you guessed it—Seattle!
Walking through the Pike Place Fish Market, you might find yourself dodging fish of various types—trout, pike, salmon—all flying through the air, launching from one station and landing safely in the arms of a fishmonger at another station. The flying fish in the Pike Place Fish Market have not grown wings but are being hurled by fishmongers from one to the other to help bring a happy, fun sport to what must be an otherwise cold, boring job. There are variations on the flying fish idea since it would not be a good business practice, for instance, for bank tellers to be throwing stacks of $50 bills around (although if you find such a bank, let me know), but the basic idea is to not only be productive at work but to have a hell of a good time doing it. I’ll talk more about this in the podcast, but here’s a warning: if you try bringing fun and weirdness to your job, your coworkers might view you as strange, to say the least.
In the podcast, some thoughts on the Tonight Show along with whatever else pops into my almost totally unrehearsed and flying-fish mind. I hope you will join me on the shores of Rambling Harbor. Just click the link and come ashore.