Team Engagement in the Age of AI: How the FISH! Philosophy Will Help Your Team Grow

Published On: June 18, 2024Categories: Blog

As AI revolutionizes the workplace, fostering team engagement and developing essential skills have never been more crucial. According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2023, the top five skills gaining importance are creative thinking, analytical thinking, technological literacy, curiosity and lifelong learning, and resilience, flexibility, and agility. The FISH! Philosophy, with its core practices of Play, Make Their Day, Be There, and Choose Your Attitude, offers a powerful framework to cultivate these skills and drive team growth.

1. Creative Thinking

Embrace Play

Creative thinking thrives in environments where team members feel free to experiment and explore new ideas. The FISH! Philosophy encourages “Play,” not in a frivolous sense, but as a way to spark innovation and joy in the workplace. By creating a culture where team members can think outside the box and have fun with their work, you foster an atmosphere that nurtures creativity. Try hosting monthly brainstorming sessions where every idea is valued, no matter how unconventional. This openness can lead to groundbreaking solutions and fresh perspectives that drive your team forward. Some people use Nerf guns in the office, we prefer to throw Pete the Perch around during meetings! Anyway you decide to play at work, make sure it’s something your team really enjoys.

2. Analytical Thinking

Choose Your Attitude

Analytical thinking requires a mindset that is focused, deliberate, and reflective. The FISH! Philosophy’s practice “Choose Your Attitude” empowers team members to approach problems with a positive and constructive mindset. By consciously choosing a proactive attitude, employees can better analyze situations, identify patterns, and make informed decisions. Encourage your team to view challenges as opportunities for growth, fostering a culture of critical thinking and problem-solving. Try starting any tough, problem-solving meeting by reaffirming that your team can beat this challenge and share examples of past successes. This attitude will help your team reframe the issue so their analysis is not focused on limitations.

3. Technological Literacy

Be There

In the age of AI, technological literacy is indispensable. The FISH! Philosophy’s practice “Be There” emphasizes the importance of presence and engagement. Encourage your team to stay updated with the latest technological advancements and actively participate in training sessions. Being fully present in these learning opportunities allows team members to grasp new technologies quickly and apply them effectively. Promote a culture where continuous learning and skill development are prioritized, ensuring your team remains technologically adept and competitive. On great way to Be There during any technological transition is to either host in-person small group listening sessions, or schedule virtual one on ones to check in with each team member to see how they are doing and address individual questions. This degree of attentiveness will make sure your co-workers feel listened to and that their opinions and feelings are valued.

4. Curiosity & Lifelong Learning

Make Their Day

Curiosity and a commitment to lifelong learning are essential for adapting to the rapid changes brought by AI. The FISH! Philosophy’s “Make Their Day” practice focuses on creating a positive impact on others, which can be extended to fostering a learning culture. Encourage team members to share knowledge and support each other’s learning journeys. Celebrate milestones and achievements, no matter how small, to motivate continuous growth and exploration. By creating an environment where curiosity is valued, you inspire your team to seek out new knowledge and stay ahead of industry trends. One great way to make your team’s day and encourage curiosity at the same time is to host monthly lunch and learns where one member of the team teaches the rest about something they are passionate about, work-related or otherwise. Imagine a co-worker leading a cooking class, or perhaps someone teaching your team the basics of knitting! It’s a great opportunity to create lasting memories and allow new people to step up.

5. Resilience, Flexibility, & Agility

Play and Choose Your Attitude

Resilience, flexibility, and agility are critical in navigating the uncertainties of the AI-driven workplace. The FISH! Philosophy’s practice of “Play” and “Choose Your Attitude” play a significant role in building these qualities. Embrace a playful approach to challenges, encouraging your team to adapt quickly and find joy in overcoming obstacles. By choosing a positive attitude, team members can remain resilient in the face of setbacks and agile in their responses to change. Foster a supportive environment where flexibility is encouraged, and team members feel confident to pivot when necessary. If you can identify safe opportunities to test whacky and creative solutions to problems, your team will not only have fun, but you’ll likely learn key insights into the problem even if the new solution doesn’t pan out.


Incorporating the FISH! Philosophy into your workplace culture can significantly enhance team engagement and develop the skills needed for the future of work. By fostering creative and analytical thinking, promoting technological literacy, nurturing curiosity and lifelong learning, and building resilience, flexibility, and agility, you empower your team to thrive in the age of AI. Embrace the FISH! Philosophy and watch your team grow, adapt, and excel in an ever-evolving landscape.

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