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Leadership Lessons from Santa Claus


About this time every year, the kids used to ask me "What is a Santa Claus?" And I kinda smile and I remember when I was their age and the wonderment and excitement that is Santa Claus comes back to me. This magical, mystical person who once a year brings so much happiness to so many people is with us again. And I remember what my Mother used to tell me when I asked her about Santa Claus. She'd sit down and lift me to her lap and say...

Santa Claus is many things; he's a world traveler, a toy inventor, and a diplomat, and he has the biggest and best delivery system ever devised. He's a genius; he can pack more sleds, bikes, dolls, candy, blocks, toy cars, and airplanes into one bag than anyone else. He can even get a supersonic robot who will play with the little boy in there too. He receives more mail than the President, makes more trips than the Secretary of State, and gives your Dad more funny neckties than he knows what to do with. He's seen everywhere standing on street corners, in department stores, on billboards, and some even say they've seen him high in the sky in his sleigh. Santa Claus loves little children and animals and he has seven wonderful reindeer that go with him each year as he makes his visits around the world. He has more friends and helpers than anyone else on Earth and he loves the cold weather so much that he lives at the North Pole. Best of all he doesn't ask much for his services, just that little boys and girls be good and fair and grow up that way to make the world a better place and Santa's job a little easier. As I remember when the kids used to ask me "What is a Santa Claus?", I remember what my Mother told me and how happy it made them. And I think when my Mother told me it made her very happy too.

Couldn't resist one more post, especially when it's about the magical, mystical person who is Santa Claus!  Here's a summary of how he gets big things done in his workshop all year long...

The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus by Eric Harvey

Follow his journey this year here!

Thanks, @Scott Reed for sharing & for your continued service to Cooperative Extension!

*Summary from Get Abstract

*Track Santa with NORAD!

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