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Team Work in Pike's Place Fish Market, Seattle - Choose Your Attitude!

Pike's Place Fish Market, Seattle & The Fish Philosophy

Pike's Place in Seattle is not just a fish market. It is a life-affirming experience. It is a place where Team Work is the most important part of the fishmonger's ethos - it's about turning up every day with a positive attitude.

It's not just salmon, lobster, cod and prawns, it's laughter, cheers, chatter and friendliness but most of all about being an important part of the team.

Every guy selling fish is only as good as the other guys in the market. They all rely on one another to get the job done - yes, it's about selling fish, but it's so much more than that.

Pike's Place prides itself on making the purchase of their fish something you never forget.

Even if you visit Pike's Place every week, it's usually not only because of the wonderful freshness of their produce but for the repartie of the guys who work there.

You certainly never forget seeing two guys hurl a huge marlin from one side of the market stall to the other - boy, those marlins are heavy, slippery fish and you're on the edge of your seat - will the marlin make it across the space! You can't look away.

Pike's Place is a business based on a unique kind of customer service - fun, fun, fun!

And the guys who work there know something for sure - they have to WANT to work in a certain way and if they can't bring the team building philosophy into everything they do - they might as well be doing something else.

Throw in some cheekiness, some loud shouting, some whooping and hollerin' and most of all a real, unabashed care for customers by everyone who works there and you have all of the magic ingredients to make a successful business.

'Fish' Philosophy

'Fish' Philosophy

Pike's Place signs - closing time Author: Alex Reynolds

Pike's Place signs - closing time Author: Alex Reynolds

What Is The Fish Philosophy?

  • Be There - Be there for everyone with whom you come into contact. It's all about giving ALL of yourself to the people you meet while you are at work.
  • Play - Work is a serious business...isn't it? Not according to the Fish Philosophy. You need to 'play' some of the time, it's work but if it were serious all of the time, you would soon be worn down. So playing with your team mates and others is an important part of the Fish Philosophy.
  • Make Their Day - Let people know that they mattered today! Be thoughtful and kind to others. Let people walk away from meeting you at work and feel better for the experience.
  • Choose Your Attitude - Live from moment to moment and embrace every day and every working experience as a unique one. Wake up every day with the intent to be someone who can make a difference to the team and to the people you meet.

The Fish Philosophy

Justin prepares to catch a fish at Pike's Place Fish Market

Justin prepares to catch a fish at Pike's Place Fish Market

People always seem to be smiling at work at Pike's Place Fish Market

People always seem to be smiling at work at Pike's Place Fish Market

FISH! - It is All About Team Building

Pike Place Market isn't just about fish of course, it has been in Seattle since 1907 and like a proper market, it has cobblestones and is spread over an old area of the city.

It has an amazing selection of shops and stalls and prides itself on the quality of its produce and goods.

I became fascinated by the Fish Market when I was sent on a dreaded 'management team building' course and was shown the film 'Fish'.

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It's all about the A word - ATTITUDE

The guys at Pike's Place Fish Market use a great one liner for their ethos



Waking up every day with that idea, 'Choose your attitude' is the best way of approaching your work.

Some days are easier than others but I try to wake up every day and feel that yesterday is old news and today is a brand new page waiting to be written upon.

I watch the Fish video whenever I need a lift.

I hope you enjoy the spirit of what they are trying to do.

They start work at about 5:30 am every day. All day they work in really cold temperatures with wet, cold fish. They have many reasons to dislike their work - but they don't!

To be able to make people happy as part of you working day is a priceless gift!



Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on March 28, 2013:

Rasta, Team work is about 'ethos', not all workplaces have an ethos (I have evidence of this sadly), the attitude here at Pike's is certainly one to admire. Thanks so much for your comment!

Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on March 28, 2013:

Daisy, thanks so much (as always) :o) for commenting, team work is a powerful thing!

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on March 28, 2013:

I love that phrase 'Team Work'. It is very hard to accomplished and is the unitary aspect of any organization. I like the attitude of this hub.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on March 28, 2013:


It's nice to read about a fun place to work. Thanks for publishing this article.

Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on October 03, 2012:

iTommyGuns - my introduction to Fish! was also at a team building event for my last job. I found it really inspirational; sadly the others from my new workplace were less inspired and i met with mixed results. That said, if they had really let go of their preconceptions and embraced its ideas, they would have realised that this is a philosophy for work that really does work - every day is a new day and you come to that day with new eyes, ready for its challenges. Maybe that's half the problem whenit doesn't take hold - people don't play ball :o)

TommyGuns from Blakeslee, PA on October 03, 2012:

Wow! This is so interesting that this was in my feed today. I was just discussing this last night with someone at work. I am a huge fan of the Fish! Philosophy. Not only have I read the books but been part of a successful company that used it. I'm a big believer that it is a personal life changer when used.

I also met the author and went to a live presentation. It was the best presentation at a company event I ever attended.

Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on August 21, 2012:

Keith, yes, aren't they amazing? They throw a whole marlin across the market and everybody cheers :o) Many thanks, as always, for your comment, I appreciate it.

KDuBarry03 on August 21, 2012:

Wow, looks and sounds like a great time! Never heard of it before, but I'm definitely gonna try it when I visit Seattle soon!

Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on July 25, 2012:

Christy, those guys are amazing - it's a total mindset - FISH - attitude is everything and they turn up for work with the right attitude every day.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on July 25, 2012:

Pikes Place Market looks fun! I had not heard of it before :)

Jools Hogg (author) from North-East UK on July 25, 2012:

Linda, many thanks for your comment - you'd be good at throwing marlin....

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on July 25, 2012:

This sounds like fun!!! I choose my own attitude daily, but to be with groups doing that would be very entertaining!

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