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Dec 23 2013, 5:46am CST | by Forbes
This holiday, Justin Wasserman considers the leadership genius of the man in the red suit. Working for him, we invest hours of time, devote immeasurable energy, and invest a good percentage of our income in secret to bring happiness to others.
Depending on your country of origin, you may refer to the most productive man in the world as Father Christmas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Sinterklaas or perhaps by merely one name like some of our most famous celebrities — Santa. Regardless of how we affectionately refer to him, his productivity is undeniable.
I’ve been studying Santa’s leadership style for several decades now, as the beneficiary of his magical ways. I happen to be an expert on this conductor of endless capacity and can share with you here, the secrets to his success.
Without getting into the delicate logistics of planning the timing and sequencing of his annual flight, let’s ponder the difficulty of flying from Candy Cane Lane in the North Pole all the way around the world in one day. This heroic-marathon would require innumerable stops, the consumption of millions of gallons of milk and mountains of cookies, the scaling of treacherous chimneys, etc. — all very impressive feats for a portly old man.
Just to encircle the globe without stop would require flying around the earth, roughly 24,901.55 miles (40,075.16 kilometers), not to mention countless stops along the way. I suspect even Amazon’s strategy to use unmanned drones for making deliveries would be challenged to replicate this magnitude of global distribution.
So if you buy into the myth, which even the government is in on (check out NORAD tracks Santa on Christmas Eve), this is how it all works. If you buy into part of the myth, then at a minimum, Santa relies on a state of the art 10,000,000 square-foot toy manufacturing facility, a legion of hyper-productive toy making elves, an army of fake Santas and an unmatched fleet of sleighs to bolster his Herculean productivity.
However, for the majority of Christmas revelers over a certain age, we know that what makes the commercial-side of Christmas work isn’t Santa’s tremendous energy and efficiency, but a few tried and true leadership principles that can help any organization drive change more effectively.
So while Mr. Clause may save a little time in the mornings because he doesn’t have to shave, it’s his uncanny ability to rely on his team in ways that get the most out of them that makes him the most productive man in the world.
title="Justin Wasserman Bio">Justin Wasserman is an engagement leader at Kotter International, a firm that helps leaders accelerate strategy implementation in their organizations. Follow Kotter International on Twitter @KotterIntl, on Facebook, on LinkedIn, or sign up for the Kotter International Newsletter.
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