One morale boosting video course I never shared
Picture credit: Ralf Weiser
To this day it is one of my favorite courses I am glad I never shared – with our folks. Around 10 years ago there was a management video course making its rounds promising to energize your workforce. It was called Fish! Philosophy. Our HR manager back then got the free marketing kit and with it came a video. This video is about boosting morale: If a crew of fish market folks in Seattle could have fun and tremendous success in sales and business overall so could everyone else.
Well, so far the philosophy. The cold and smelly work place is not for everyone to begin with. Doing this day in and out surely can make people drag, but here there were four key principles applying to the employees and as a result they and their customers had fun and the company (and employees too of course) enjoyed success:
- Choose my attitude
- Play at work – have fun
- Make someone’s day
- Be present
Except, I had a huge issue with this. Why would I ask my team to watch this video and then go through the whole course and for them to start implementing this at a personal level? I did not find it fair for them to go first. They did not feel empowered and supported enough to start doing this within the context of their jobs. In short, this would have provided a short morale boost just to most likely back fire. Everyone has to embrace such ideas, starting with the leader-managers.
That is why I vehemently bucked moving on forward with the whole program. To this day I am thankful that we never rolled this out. Instead I made it my personal agenda to start implementing these four easy thinks first. If you are a leader-manager, please make time for watching the video or for nothing else just ponder how you can start implementing the four key items above. Go make a start first and then share it with others.