Joe, my pastor, said something yesterday that made me think of a book so I grabbed it and let him borrow it. It's one of the best business/life/motivational/management type books I've ever read and it's a really quick read (seriously 45 minutes or so). It's called FISH and it's about a manager in a toxic work environment that gets some valuable guidance from a fishmonger at Seattle's Pike Place Market. You may have seen these guys on TV. They have a lot of fun and involve onlookers. They throw fish around and make people laugh and cheer. But they have to have one of the worst jobs in the world - handling fresh dead fish all day. This manager finds out their secret to having a great work environment. The reason this book is so great is that it really can apply to about every area of life - home, church, work, etc...
The 4 key principles are:
* Play - Have fun and create energy at home or at the office.
* Make their day - How can you engage fellow employees, customers and make each other's day?
* Be Present - How can you make sure you are fully available and aware during conversations with people? It is about creating a greater sense of intimacy between individuals.
* Choose Your Attitude - Each day you choose how you are going to act or which "side of the bed" you wake up on. The choice is yours and, the way you act, affects others.
Anyway Joe read it and is all excited about it so I think I'm gonna reread it again soon since it's been about 2 years since I first read it. Everybody should get it - it's worth it ($13.57 on Amazon) and very challenging.