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Stephen Lundin

Stephen Lundin, Ph.D. believes amazing possibilities exist in every workplace. Author of the bestselling FISH! series, which sold over seven million copies globally.

Stephen Lundin, Ph.D., the bestselling author of the FISH! series of books, with over seven million copies in print worldwide, has an inventory of work experience ranging from dishwasher to think tank executive; teacher to business school dean; golf caddy to camp director; and small business owner to national sales manager.

Today, Steve Lundin spends his time writing, speaking and more recently, working as a visiting professor at Griffith University. He has taken his powerful messages about FISH, Top Performer, and Innovation to audiences in 40+ countries and thousands of organizations. By sharing his powerful, personal and authentic message, Stephen Lundin strives to awaken his audiences to the amazing possibilities that already exist in every workplace, every home and every life. Stephen’s work has reached millions and transformed workplace cultures all over the globe and continues to do so.

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Involving a FISH! Philosophy session in your next event is a remarkable way to boost morale and improve results. Every session engages both the heart and mind of attendees and follows four guiding principles: Play, Make Their Day, Be There and Choose your Attitude.

The fishmongers of Pike Place Fish Market are known around the world for throwing and catching large slippery fish, to the delight of their customers. Our work days are full of opportunities for making the day of our customers and our fellow team members; a small kindness or a word of support during difficult times. We can always choose to harness the power of fun to lighten the atmosphere and create an environment that nurtures innovation Stephen will explore these FISH principles and more:

  • How advanced team members interact by not just being physically present, but by being wholeheartedly present
  • How members of advanced teams understand and discuss the notion that each member has the power to choose his or her attitude, and become responsible for that choice

We have all heard that curiosity killed a cat. Have you ever seen a cat killed by curiosity? How often do you think it actually happens? By dogs and trucks, yes… but curiosity? Stephen believes sayings like this one are born out of fear, not experience. He believes the origin of the statement, “curiosity killed a cat” is to create fear in others, to prevent change and all sorts of other weird and discomforting new ideas.

  • What if curiosity was in fact the key to creativity?
  • The Nine Lives of Innovation provides a basic structure and ingredients to encourage curiosity and promote innovation

We all sell something for a living -- whether it's a brand, a vision, an education, a direction, or a service. We might even be selling a set of numbers to a board meeting, learning to a student, or cereal to an infant. This eye-opening parable is about harnessing natural energy -- yours and that of those around you -- in order to take your sales, and your satisfaction to the next level of success. Top Performer is a simple set of ideas and language found in the conversation of professional street performers.  Stephen explores:

  • This language points to a style of engagement
  • What we can learn from performers, recognize the influence they have in generating positive experiences, or performances, for their customer and apply to our organisation

If you found FISH a helpful metaphor for improving the quality of life at work and thus positively impacting recruitment, retention and productivity; you will find that Top Performer seamlessly connects with the FISH! Philosophy while introducing a unique and useful set of ideas. This enjoyable, highly engaging and interactive half-day seminar will be light on theory and heavy on practical ideas and useful insights that can immediately lead to action. Join us for the Premier of Top Performing FISH!, a seminar that integrates the very best from two great concepts.

  • The FISH! Philosophy provides an important cultural base while Top Performer supplies the action
  • Explore the most powerful resource available to any manager, anywhere in the world. Natural energy

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Work-life balance and taking care of the Canary

March 14th 2013

In a recent closing keynote, in front of a large group of HR professionals in the Telecommunications Industry, I sought to provoke those assembled with a few challenges. Following are a few of those things that still stand out for me today.

Are you taking care of your sales canary?

November 27th 2012

In a recent closing keynote I sought to provoke those assembled with a few challenges.

Following are a few of those things that still stand out for me today. As we move forward into a year of rebuilding, I hope you are as challenged by these observations as I am...

Stephen Lundin on Leaderonomics

February 9th 2011

Stephen Lundin, Ph.D., the bestselling author of the FISH! He has taken his powerful messages about FISH, Top Performer, and Innovation to audiences all over the world. By sharing his powerful, personal and authentic message, Stephen Lundin awakens his audiences to the possibilities that already exist in every workplace, every home and every life

FISH: A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results

FISH: A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results

Addressing todays work issues (including employee retention and burnout) with an engaging metaphor and an appealing message that applies to any sector of any organization, Fish! offers wisdom that is easy to grasp, instantly applicable, and profound--the hallmarks of a true business classic. Based on a bestselling ChartHouse training video which has been adopted by corporations including Southwest Airlines, Sprint, and Nordstrom.

TOP PERFORMER: A Bold Approach to Sales and Service

TOP PERFORMER: A Bold Approach to Sales and Service

Full of action-packed and sometimes hilarious descriptions of the real like adventures of street performer, this engaging metaphor will appeal to anyone in any position -- and in any field, from banking to baking to busking. In the tradition of the bestselling Fish! series this is a deceptively simple story that contains profound advice -- advice that will help make readers into Top Performer themselves.

LOOPS: The Seven Keys to Small Business Success

LOOPS: The Seven Keys to Small Business Success

That is the question one young entrepreneur faces in this illuminating business parable for our times. Loops reveals the soul-searching story of Tony, a business student who doesn’t understand why he can’t quit school and work in the family business.

As you follow Tony’s journey, you’ll receive a week-by-week crash course on the seven essential loops for small business. You will learn how to distinguish yourself from the competition, improve your operations, and close the loops. Best of all, you’ll discover innovative ways to apply the loops concept to every challenge you face, with every endeavor, in any economy.

UBUNTU: An Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and Collaboration

UBUNTU: An Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and Collaboration

In an engaging and completely fresh narrative that holds a unique message for today’s business world, Ubuntu! shows us a way to overcome our fears, insecurities, and the “me-ism” that so often permeates our workplaces, and replace it with a culture of genuine respect and collaboration. It promises to take its place alongside Fish! and other business parables as the next bestselling classic in the business category.

     
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