Business Study: An Interview with Santa Claus
This is an interview with the most famous man in the world, Santa Claus. He manages a successful business and we can learn many things from him.
(Santa Claus, image from Google Search)
Who is the most famous man in the world? Trust many people will vote him, Santa Claus. Imagine what I will do with him. Well, not to ask him for an advance Christmas present, but I will have an interview with him to discuss his business. This is an assignment given by the editor in chief. I am anxious to start.
Santa Claus replied over the phone that we could have an interview any time except Christmas Eve. Hence, I am at the front door of Santa’s Workshop now.
Thanks for the warm welcome and delicious refreshments, but let us skip the details and go to the interview part directly. My questions are in bold and italic.
Santa Claus, are you happy to work one day per year? Isn’t it too pressing?
Ha-ha. Let me clarify first. Frankly, I’m not working on one day only. However, I feel most excited during the Christmas Eve. Children expect me for presents on that date. I must work hard to bring joy. There’s no room for fatigue. I shine. Don’t you think so? I am very happy and satisfied.
Since you are the most famous man in the world, who do you think comes next?
Hmm…….. I’ll say President Barack Obama. Well, he may be shining every day, but in his four-year term only. If he’s lucky to win again in the next election, it’ll be a total of eight years. Not bad. I shine during my lifetime, longer than he does.
But you don’t shine in the non-Christmas days. Do you feel hurt, then?
No. Son, listen to me. Don’t shine all the time. Otherwise, it’s no longer rare. People won’t cherish. In the low-keyed days, build your strength. Only release power at the right moment. Let others feel your explosive force and be amazed. In the non-Christmas days, I’m always busy in making preparations.
I see. Can you tell us more about your non-Christmas days?
To make sure the Christmas Eve schedule runs smoothly, we work hard to get well-prepared. I’ll set goals (how many children to receive presents), make a what-to-do list, assign tasks to magical elves, supervise the material procurement, production, gift wrapping, itinerary planning and loading presents to the flying reindeer, etc. We work like a factory. I’m the leader, or you can say the manager, of this Christmas free giving business.
My next question may sound rude. Hope you don’t mind. Since you’re so senior, why don’t you spare some time to keep fit?
This is a top business secret, hehe. Can you keep secrets?
(Without my “Yeah”, Santa Claus goes on to explain himself.)
There’re many reasons. My big belly will cushion any children who dashed on me. When I get into a house via the chimney, I’ll not drop immediately. Sometimes I’ve no choice, but give out delegation to distribute Christmas present. Dads are always chosen and they can plump up easily to fake me. Having a big belly is OK as long as you manage to stay healthy.
Does the white beard serve for the same faking purpose?
Yeah! Having white beard covered the face, faking Dads don’t need to worry even they aren’t as handsome as me.
As the manager of such a big business, what is your advice to everyone?
1. If you want to be famous, brand yourself. For example, I’m the icon of joy and free giving.
2. Be patient in building your strength all the time.
3. Understand your goals and act precisely.
4. Work hard and work smart. Don’t do everything. You will only exhaust yourself and are good for nothing. There’s something called “Division of Labor”. Always delegate to leave room for bigger issue.
5. Lastly, you must have a passion for your work. Believe in what you’re doing. Trust yourself that you can overcome all obstacles. Work wholeheartedly…….
Interview was over. I returned to the office and collapsed in my chair. Santa Claus’ words spun in my head. I woke up in an embarrassing position as if I had been spinning myself with the chair for a long while.
Working with a typewriter, the words of the most famous man in the world are hitting on the paper steadily. I wonder how many readers, including me, can be a successful “Santa Claus” in our lifetime.
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