Just in time for the Holidays, I thought you might be interested in How Santa Claus manages his workshop and gets all those gifts out under the tree in time for Christmas.

While it sounds cute, this is a real book, you can get it at Amazon and on Kindle

While it’s no big secret that there is no magic involved, you will find the “Secrets” of what it takes to be a great leader in your organization.  You may even find that it works like magic.  Business owners and managers alike should read this book.  I find it a great reminder as I re-read it at this time of year while we are preparing our businesses for the upcoming season.

Below is a basic outline of the book.  Even if you don’t believe in Santa Claus, it’s OK, you will find this book a quick enjoyable read, and you might even learn something.

1. Build a wonderful workshop!

  • Make the MISSION the MAIN THING
  • Focus on your PEOPLE as well as your purpose
  • Let VALUES be your guide

2. Choose your reindeer wisely!

  • Hire TOUGH so you can manage EASY
  • PROMOTE the right ones….for the right reasons
  • Go for the DIVERSITY advantage

3. Make a list and check it twice!

  • PLAN your work
  • WORK your plan
  • Make the MOST of what you have

4. Listen to the Elves!

  • OPEN your ears to participation
  • PAY ATTENTION to how you’re percieved
  • Walk awhile in THEIR shoes

5. Get beyond the red wagons!

  • Help everyone accept the reality of CHANGE
  • Remember: The CUSTOMER is really in charge
  • TEACH “The Business” of the Business

6. Share the Milk and Cookies!

  • Help them see the difference THEY make
  • DO RIGHT by those who do right
  • Expand the reinforcement POSSIBILITIES

7. Find out who’s naughty and nice!

  • Confront performance problems…EARLY
  • COACH “The Majority in the Middle”
  • DON’T forget “The Super Stars”

8. Be Good for Goodness Sake!

  • Set the EXAMPLE
  • Establish GUIDELINES and accountability
  • Remember that EVERYTHING counts

Never forget that getting big things done all year long isn’t about magic. It’s about Leadership!