Leadership Solution: Three of Santa’s leadership secrets

One of my favorite leadership books of all time is The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus. Here are three of Santa’s leadership secrets that will help you get big things done in your “workshop” … all year long:

1. “Choose Your Reindeer Wisely”

  • Hire tough so you can manage easy – Expend the effort to bring on the very best people.
  • Promote the right ones … for the right reasons – Match the people with the responsibilities.
  • Go for the diversity advantage – Bring on “different” people who will challenge the status quo.

 

2. “Share the Milk and Cookies”

  • Help them see the difference they make – Show employees their part of the “Big Picture.”
  • Do right by those who do right – Recognize and reward those who meet or exceed expectations.
  • Expand the reinforcement possibilities – Find new and creative ways to recognize your team.

 

3. “Find Out Who’s Naughty and Nice”

  • Confront performance problems early – Address issues as soon as you become aware of them.
  • Coach “the majority in the middle” – Work with your solid performers to help them get even better.
  • Don’t forget “the super stars” – Don’t take your best people for granted. They need attention, too.

 

Lead Well … Lead Right,

 

The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus

How To Get Big Things Done In Your “Workshop”…
All Year Long
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Daily Quote: Nobody ever did

“Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.”

~Albert A. Montapert

Found in the book:
One Choice
You’re always One Choice away from changing your life.

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Either we manage change, or it will manage us.

Change is not easy. But it is simple. Things will always change. We don’t have a choice about that, but we do have a choice on how we react to change. The choice really boils down to this: Either we manage change, or it will manage us.

The truth, of course, is that change can be a wonderful gift. In fact, it is the key that unlocks the doors to growth and excitement in any organization.

Change Is Good… You Go First is a book with great ideas to inspire change in your organization. I’d like to share a chapter titled “Change What Needs Changing, Not What’s Easy.” Enjoy!

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas
Excerpted from Change Is Good… You Go First
A few years ago, British Rail had a real fall-off in business. Looking for marketing answers, they went searching for a new ad agency — one that could deliver an ad campaign that would bring their customers back.
When the British Rail executives went to the offices of a prominent London ad agency to discuss their needs, they were met by a very rude receptionist, who insisted that they wait.
Finally, an unkempt person led them to a conference room — a dirty, scruffy room cluttered with plates of stale food. The executives were again left to wait. A few agency people drifted in and out of the room, basically ignoring the executives who grew impatient by the minute. When the execs tried to ask what was going on, the agency people brushed them off and went about their work.
Eventually, the execs had enough. As they angrily started to get up, completely disgusted with the way they’d been treated, one of the agency people finally showed up.
“Gentlemen,” he said, “your treatment here at our Agency is not typical of how we treat our clients. In fact, we’ve gone out of our way to stage this meeting for you. We behaved this way to point out to you what it’s like to be a customer of British Rail. Your real problem at British Rail isn’t your advertising, it’s your people. We suggest you let us address your employee attitude problem before we attempt to change your advertising.”
The British Rail executives were shocked — but the agency got the account! The agency had the remarkable conviction to point out the problem because it knew exactly what needed to change.
As Yogi Berra once said, “Before we build a better mousetrap, we need to find out if there are any mice out there.”

 

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Daily Quote: Best Friends

“Your best friends are those that bring out the best in you.”

~John Mason

Found in the book:
An Enemy Called Average

An Enemy Called Average

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~ Zig Ziglar

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Daily Quote: Our Finest Moments

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy or unfulfilled.
For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort,
that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start
searching for different ways or truer answers.”

~M. Scott Peck

Found in the book:

Welcome the Rain

Welcome The Rain

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"Wow, that's exactly how I feel"

Zig Ziglar had this to say about quotes:

“If you’re like me, you’ll jump at the chance to bypass all the churning and scoop the cream right off the top. And that’s what quotes are … the cream of our learning.”

I love inspirational quotes. The right words can engage the brain and bring an idea to life. With quotes, I’ve had many “a-ha” moments, where I’ve read it and thought, “Wow, that’s exactly how I feel!” An idea that was once a “blur” can suddenly become crystal clear.

Great Quotes from Great Leaders will be a source of inspiration and knowledge for many years to come. It is a beautiful coffee table edition with 160 pages, 75 wonderful photographs, a concise bio for each leader featured, and over 400 great quotations from leaders in all walks of life. Some of the leaders include: Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Walt Disney, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi, Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, George S. Patton, Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Sam Walton, John Wooden, Ray Kroc … to name a few.

Today I’d like to share a few of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite leaders in Great Quotes from Great Leaders. Enjoy!

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas
Excerpted from Great Quotes from Great Leaders
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
~Benjamin Franklin

Never give in… never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
~Winston Churchill

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.
~Thomas Jefferson

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt.
~Mother Teresa

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
~George Washington

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you can dream it, you can do it.
~Walt Disney

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“Wow, that’s exactly how I feel”

Zig Ziglar had this to say about quotes:

“If you’re like me, you’ll jump at the chance to bypass all the churning and scoop the cream right off the top. And that’s what quotes are … the cream of our learning.”

I love inspirational quotes. The right words can engage the brain and bring an idea to life. With quotes, I’ve had many “a-ha” moments, where I’ve read it and thought, “Wow, that’s exactly how I feel!” An idea that was once a “blur” can suddenly become crystal clear.

Great Quotes from Great Leaders will be a source of inspiration and knowledge for many years to come. It is a beautiful coffee table edition with 160 pages, 75 wonderful photographs, a concise bio for each leader featured, and over 400 great quotations from leaders in all walks of life. Some of the leaders include: Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, Thomas Jefferson, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Walt Disney, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi, Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, George S. Patton, Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Sam Walton, John Wooden, Ray Kroc … to name a few.

Today I’d like to share a few of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite leaders in Great Quotes from Great Leaders. Enjoy!

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas
Excerpted from Great Quotes from Great Leaders
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
~Benjamin Franklin

Never give in… never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
~Winston Churchill

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.
~Thomas Jefferson

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt.
~Mother Teresa

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
~George Washington

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you can dream it, you can do it.
~Walt Disney

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Daily Quote: Listening

“Listening is wanting to hear.”

~Jim Cathcart

Found in the book:

You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School

You Can't Send a Duck to Eagle School

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Daily Quote: Beautiful Light

“Beautiful light is born of darkness, so the faith that springs from conflict
is often the strongest and best.”

~R. Turnbull

Found in the book:

The Power of Attitude

The Power of Attitude

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