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Eric Harvey, best-selling author of Walk the Talk and founder of the consultancy of the same name, offers Santa Claus as a metaphor of terrific leadership. He packs his slight book with insights about how to overcome challenges, and he clearly takes great joy in his metaphor. Santa’s number-one priority is his mission – “delivering high-quality toys to good little girls and boys” – and he makes sure his elves and reindeer understand how they connect to it. Santa shares other leadership tips, such as taking your time when hiring or promoting, listening to your employees, accepting change, confronting problems directly and fulfilling a mission that matters. This advice is all milk and cookies you’ve consumed a thousand times before, but you’ve never had it presented to you by Santa. Harvey’s extended Christmas construct makes his book fun and easy to read. getAbstract recommends this stocking stuffer to managers who’d like some basic but always handy personnel pointers – with a dash of holiday spirit.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Santa Claus leads his workshop;
  • How to help your employees focus on their mission; and
  • What practices will help you gather, train and maintain a positive, productive workforce.

About the Author

Eric Harvey is the author of 25 books, including the bestsellers Walk the Talk and Ethics 4 Everyone. He is the founder and president of the Walk the Talk Company.



Being Santa
Santa Claus faces shifting demands, a challenging production schedule and a hostile work environment. He has to attract talented employees and convince them to relocate to the North Pole. He also must “retool his plant – and retrain his people” annually to build the gifts ...

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    Kiran Pandit 2 years ago
    Great Metaphor! Management functions are really well spelt out here!
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    Sheila Forde 2 years ago
    A reminder from the man in the red suit could help us all - not just at Christmas
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    Jason Montgomery 2 years ago
    great summary for a powerful book
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    Kasey Matoush 2 years ago
    This is fantastic and quite applicable. Great summary and makes me want to read the entire book.