Thursday, February 22, 2007
Session focuses on ‘Fish’
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Leadership Class of 2007 got a chance to go fishing last week in a kind of virtual fishing trip.
The class watched a short video of Fish! Philosophy then took a ride in imaginary boats - all to learn how to reenergize the home or workplace.
The Fish video is a novel presentation of four tenets by which students and corporate employees are learning to enjoy work more. Corporate training on Fish! Philosophy has been available for about 10 years as a way to transform the workplace and the individual’s life.
Susan Seal with Mississippi State Extension Service (MSUES) facilitated the Fish! Philosophy session again this year for the LeadershipPlenty class.
Four brief tenets of Fish! Philosophy were introduced – play, make their day, be there, and choose your attitude.
Although there were no real fish flying at the training session, there were plenty of them flying low in the film which features a fun day at Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, Wash.
The first tenet is to play - have a little fun at work.
“Work that’s fun gets done,” is a slogan used in the film. An atmosphere of fun can be used to energize the classroom or workplace including the fish market where employees slung the fish from the display counter to the weighing pan while customers watched.
Make Their Day stresses making others a part of the fun in the day, whether or not they are a customer.
Be there is another way of saying give your undivided attention to what’s happening now. Stay engaged and present with the person in front of you.
Choose your attitude - the kind of day you want to have - before you go to work. You can pick out your attitude the same way you decide which clothes to wear, the fourth tenant says.
The class boarded a leader ship to learn more about roles people play at home, at work or on a team.
The exercise was to help the class envision the different positions of a leader.
“Sometimes you are at the head with the vision, leading,” said Sarah Sawyer with the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce. “Sometimes you are in the middle, helping work, lend moral support or to boost a project along. At other times you are in the back, letting others lead and designating tasks.”
There are plenty of ways to have fun at work. At The South Reporter play is had by passing around funny jokes someone has sent over the Internet, telling jokes, having holiday or birthday parties, sharing baked goods some of the customers bring to the office and catching paper ball passes from editor Barry Burleson.
To learn more about the four tenants use the Internet search engine to find sites by typing in Fish Philosophy.
The whole aim of Fish Philosophy is to have joy while you work.
Other activities in Leadership Class included a presentation by JoAnn Howell Lavender on managing groups for results and the taking of the Myers-Briggs personality test and sharing of personality profiles, facilitated by Ronnie White with MSUES.
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