FISH! Philosophy

All “A” Leader – Awareness, Aptitude, Attitude

I dig the “Back to School” vibe. A crisp page, a sharp pencil and fresh inspiration. (I also fancy a new lunchbox and a sweet pair of saddle shoes. I like to kick it old-school.)

Last week I was part of a fantastic FISH! for Schools event, where we dove deep into the Guided Journey for educators. It was a real “AH HA!” for me, realizing how relevant the content is beyond the schoolyard.

Always looking for fresh perspective on culture and leadership development, I decided to crack the FISH! for Schools books and interpret material therein for consideration in the corporate setting.

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Four Ways to Find Your Happy with the FISH! Philosophy

I heard them before I saw them; the gales of happy laughter made me pause. Eavesdropping was irresistible; I sat nearby and listened to their enthusiastic plans.

“Yay!” I thought, “I’m surrounded by happy people!”

I dove into the din of delight.

“Okay ladies, it’s obvious you love what you do…so what do you do?”

I learned it was a group of Origami Owl Designers on their way to National Convention, which – as the kids say these days – gave me all the happy! Because I was on my way to the same place. We introduced ourselves and complimented each other and exchanged stories and contact information, making commitments to collaborate. We took a group photo with a selfie stick. All in few happy minutes.

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Want to know how to “find your happy”?
Ask these Origami Owl besties!

They got me thinking about bringing happiness to work, so I took another look at the “Who Are You Being?” module from FISH! for Leaders, which outlines four ways to find your happy:

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Catch the Energy with The FISH! Philosophy at Origami Owl

Today I received my first Origami Owl locket; I found my happy! I have a shining new way to tell my tale.

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Hi! I’m Deena Ebbert, motivational speaker, enthusiastic storyteller, and brand ambassador for the FISH! Philosophy. FISH! is an engaging short film that inspires conversation about creativity and ways to bring the beauty of your individual contribution with confidence and joy. To find your “happy” and delight in others’. To inspire and lead an attitude epidemic. To share the power of your personal story.

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FISH! Philosophy Master Class – Call Center Week 2015

The hue and cry of the 16th Annual Call Center Week was even hotter than “Vegas, Baby!”; it was a celebration of winning customer service methodologies, a meeting of the minds.

Our FISH! Philosophy Master Class on Monday was off-the-charts awesome; packed with engaged leaders sharing their inspiration and best practices.  Honored to be there, I also had the opportunity for an interview with Hannah Hager about Pike Place Fish, and the lessons we can leverage from their engaged way of being.

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Q: What is the FISH! Philosophy? Would you explain for us the looks, sounds — and smells – of the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle and how the fishmongers are an example for us all on how to provide excellent customer service? Read more →

Play, Trust, and Creativity: Three Surefire Steps to Success

The FISH! Philosophy sparks innovative conversations in businesses and communities around the world. One of my favorites, from FISH! Culture, examines the powerful combination of play, trust, and creativity for establishing a winning mindset and a reliable methodology for facing down the fear of failure.

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Seriously Slow – How Attitude Impacts Success

A week ago, I took my four of my attitudes – excited, hyper-focused, bad-word-mad, and crestfallen – for a little jog. A 5K fun run. The 5K that I’d gotten into a froth over the day before, when I picked up my race bib.

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I’m new to the fun run world, and there is still a lot I’m learning. Corrals, for instance; the grouping of runners in sections according to their self-declared pace. When I signed up months ago for this particular fun run, having no idea how fast I could go (or if I could even finish) I left the corral question blank.

Then I ran a few fun runs. And didn’t die. And I found I liked it. And found my groove. And went from mostly walking to waving the bragging flag of a 10-minute mile.

I was giddy and the expo was going full blast when I arrived; a wonderland of goodie bags, giant inflatable marshmallows, bouncy music, and stacks of race bibs. I stepped up to claim my place in the race. Read more →

Productivity – Supercharge Your Snooze Button

The wake-up ritual. For some, it’s a good-morning cup of coffee. For others, knocking the alarm clock halfway across the room in a glazed half-conscious state qualifies as greeting the day.

With a commitment to consciousness, I started a new ritual at the new year; scanning seven news feeds during the seven minutes it takes for my good-morning coffee to brew. Fortune, Forbes, and Fast Company. Inc. and Experience Life. Entrepreneur and Success. I’ve seen a number of smart reads lately on meditation and the brain, and how our morning rituals shape both our day, and our long-term success trajectory.

Science, shared opinion, and I agree: Establishing a positive, meditative, mindful morning ritual is good for us, good for business, and good for those we serve.

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Dreading morning? Beating up on the clock? Knock it off. Make the snooze button your buddy. Here’s how:

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Lick your iPod – A Lesson in ‘BE THERE!’

Lick your iPod. If you are standing outside in the bright crisp blue of a blisteringly cold Minnesota morning in the blast of a 30 below wind chill, and you lick your iPod, it will stick to your tongue. Of this I can assure you. It’s a bit like you think it might be, to be that kid in that movie who stuck his tongue to the flagpole on a recess dare.

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I was simply trying to get the itty bitty switch into the “on” position so I could rock my Valentine’s Day 5K playlist. Wearing two pair of gloves, fingers fumbling, I desperately needed to hear Get Your Freak On. Or so I thought. Until I found my iPod stuck to my tongue.

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Leadership – The Pros & Cons of “Mystique”

I had a look, back in the day. Black suit. Hair slicked into a bun. Severe. Serious. You might think I meant business. Truly, I just didn’t have time for much more in the morning than quick rinse and a dash out the door. I had to get my hustle on, get to the office, plunk down in my maroon cube, and gear up to climb the Corporate America ladder.

Eventually, I got my big break. My big boss got the flu, and I got to sit in for her at a leadership roundtable. I bought a new black suit. I bought a plane ticket. I bought a fresh notebook, sat in the middle seat and spent two hours at 30,000 feet imagining what the big picture of leadership might look like.

The event was hosted at the headquarters of the Top Team. They put on a show, pulled out all the stops. We got fruit baskets. At the outset, I felt like an insider.

I had traveled quite a distance with the express assignment of sharing best practices, being enthusiastic and collaborative, listening, learning, and bringing back the revealed secrets of success. While Top Team Leader was taking us on a tour of her trophies, I asked, specifically, “What is the secret of your success?”

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Remember to Blink – Four Ways to Win The Week

I can type as fast as you can talk. It’s my superhero skill, particularly useful during chats with clients. Because people will say brilliant things. And I want to get every bit.

Some weeks go by in a blink. Consecutive work-till-midnight days juggling back-to-back-to-back calls and projects and meetings. Bleary-eyed early mornings checking in to make sure we got every bit. Still, we forget. We forget to make time for ourselves.

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In the midst of last week’s dizzying rush, I found an unexpected oasis of calm during a conference call to shape a FISH! Philosophy event. The client spoke with a joyful lilt about what she wanted to create in the room and I was carried away by our shared objective: To mix business needs with personal connections.

“It’s like my eye doctor said,” she said. “Because sometimes I stare at the computer too long, and my eyes get dry. Remember to blink.”

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