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.
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.
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6 years agoGreat Metaphor! Management functions are really well spelt out here!
6 years agoA reminder from the man in the red suit could help us all - not just at Christmas
6 years agogreat summary for a powerful book
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