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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Something FISH!-y

During the social work career chat Sunday night (at www.socialworkchat.org), Amanda Vos and Lyndal Greenslade of the Australian Association of Social Workers (see their article series at www.socialworker.com) mentioned something called the FISH! philosophy. Curious about this, I looked it up and found the Web site at www.charthouse.com. According to the Web site, FISH! is "a set of simple, practical tools to help you create the work culture you’ve been looking for." It is based on four principles: Be There, Play, Make Their Day and Choose Your Attitude™.

Although I don't have much more info on this at this point, it seems like a nice and simple way to look at things and work toward a more peaceful and pleasant environment. What do you think?


  1. I look all over the web for comments on our Philosophy and yes it is a fun way to work towards a more pleasan environment.
    However, it is also a very powerful tool for change. The practices are very foundational, so they are effective where ever there are humans and those humans are willing to change.
    It is fun, so it helps with the engagement as well.
    i don't mean to hijack your post, but there is my two cents!
    Jay Larson
    Prophet of Possibilities for ChartHouse Learning

  2. Jay,
    Thank you for your input! As I said, I haven't studied the philosophy in depth. What impressed me about it on first glance is that it is such a simple concept, yet does have the potential to make a very profound difference in people's lives.