Energizing the workplace – Fish Market story

Energizing the workplace – Fish Market story

By Rajesh Setty on Mon 27 Jun 2005, 5:58 PM – Leave Comment

A few years ago, I read a cool book called  Fish that talked about

energizing the workplace. The book was based on the authors’ findings

from a small fish market at Pike Place in Seattle. I was intrigued by

the simple message in the book. Since then, I have visited Seattle

several times but never had the time to visit Pike Place Fish Market.

Last week, I was at Gnomedex

(which was great in itself) that was held close to the Pike Place fish

market. I sneaked in and wandered around in the market. I saw a couple

of stores selling fish but could not see any major excitement. I asked

around and found that the place I was supposed to look for was deep

inside the market. Once I reached there, I could see why this was the

basis for a book. The place was filled with excitement and every team

member was bubbling with energy. It was like a festival and they were

putting up a great show. In short, it was like a tourist spot with

people taking photos and videos of well…folks selling fish.

It was amazing.. a short distance away there were other shops almost

selling the same product (fish) and the energy level over there was

like the energy level in any other market but boy, here things were


Lesson learnt
: People are what makes a business special. The energy and

engagement of people in the business can make a huge difference

(whatever they sell)


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