People are dying to bring their passionate, authentic selves to their jobs. Unfortunately, their jobs often won’t let them. Which is crazy, because the success of any organization is based on the individual success of each person in that organization. Choke personal creativity and you choke that organization’s chance to flourish.
Glass ceilings. Corporate ladders. Petty politics. Strategic myopia.Testosterone. Pocket-protector process pushers. Spreadsheet junkies. Fat egos. Private silos. Dinosaur CEOs one year from retirement. Routine. Conformity. Complacency. You know the list. They’re all enemies of personal innovation. Quit your day job!
We believe it is time to loosen up. Play more. Lift the lid on freedom and responsibility. There are really no more “day jobs” out there. When people are genuinely engaged in the work they do—rather than just doing time—they become inspired to innovate.
Let’s be Real.
Once people develop a common language around a meaningful, motivating mission, the conversations shift to what is possible rather than could, would, should. New attitudes develop. Performance improves. Customers notice. Trust increases. Everyone feels a creative reawakening and a renewed commitment to “who they are being while they are doing what they are doing.”
Since we live in an era where there is enormous emphasis on productivity and maximizing human capital, the opportunity and privilege to inspire personal transformation that leads to organizational transformation is here and now. Author Luciano de Crescanzo wrote, “We are all angels with only one wing; we can only fly while embracing one another.”
That is the promise of FISH! A life-long philosophy that helps us feel inspired about the work we do. FISH! helps build great organizations by affirming one another. And in time, earning each other’s heart and soul. Because making money is easy. Finding meaning is not.