The business tips your team should learn from Santa

Just think of the logistics that go in to making Santa's big day a success, and follow his management practices.Sheri Determan/

Christmas is just a few weeks away, so let’s settle one thing right off the top. I believe in Santa Claus. He’s as real to me as my love for my family. In the firm knowledge that he exists, I decided to see if there might be lessons that businesses can learn from Santa.

Deriving business lessons from Santa’s operations has been worthwhile but very difficult. Despite the ubiquity of the Claus brand, little is known about how things actually get done. Santa’s business is privately held. Neither he nor Mrs. Claus prepare publicly available annual reports nor publish financial statements, audited or otherwise. I did address a list of questions to “Santa Claus, The North Pole” and received only an unsigned response asking me to continue believing in magic. Despite this, I’ve conducted a close analysis of Santa’s business and have defined a set of four tenets that will benefit yours.