5 points we can learn from Santa

A Christmas ponder – 5 things we can learn from Father Christmas!

The midwinter holiday break is undeniably exciting, for a start it’s time off to relax and stop thinking about work. But it’s so much more than that, since way before the Romans turned it into a festival celebrating the central Christian character it has marked the centre of winter. The 22nd December marks the winter solstice – well done everyone you’ve made it half way through the dark days, have some turkey (or a nut roast, try this one its epic)!! The days are going to start to get longer now and you can start to dream about spring and even the summer. Remember the days when you went to work in your shirt sleeves, and you wished you had dared to wear shorts because it was so stiflingly hot!?

But back to reality, the cold, wet and worst of all the darkness…. and that glimmer of shimmering fairy lights that gets stronger and stronger until Christmas is fully upon us. We are celebrating Christmas, although it is supposed to be a Christian festival it is becoming more and more non secular as we celebrate Father Christmas, giving and receiving gifts, eating too much and enjoying our beautiful Christmas tree with our families.

Anyway, I was talking to the big man; Father Christmas just the other day… and I realised this guy has some skills we can all observe. I mean he is unmatched in event promotion, his audience engagement is second to none and his dress sense remains timeless year after year!

He’s making a list, and checking it twice. He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…

Santa has an uncanny ability to give children exactly the present they want!! How does he do this? It sounds simple, but he asks them (through a clever letter writing exercises managed by parents). We can all learn from this one, if we are trying to satisfy the demands of various stakeholders including students a useful thing to do is to ask them what they want. This can be as simple as a questionnaire or simply being approachable.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer…

St. Nick travels the earth (helped by some Christmas cheer) aboard a sled led by magic flying Reindeer. You don’t much greener than that as a method of transatlantic transport, unless you are Greta Thunberg. I’m not saying you should sail when you go on holiday, but you could invest in some more environmentally friendly energy saving products, like more efficient boilers, solar panels, LED lighting or even a zioxi onView charging cart (that will save you £160 in energy bills a year per trolley on average use)

Who comes around on a special night? Santa comes around on a special night…

Imagine the preparation it takes for one person (magic though he is), to make and deliver presents to millions of people all across the planet. Santa is a master of delegation, he wouldn’t be able to do it all on his own, he knows what he is good at and he delegates other tasks. Take Elf jobs for instance, they make things as master crafts people. We need to know our limitations and ask for help where we know someone else is better suited to the task.

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus Lane, He’s got a bag that’s filled with toys, for girls and for boys again…

Father Christmas is a master of preparation, he’s never late and he always looks great! This is through careful leadership and communication (imagine the admin of aviation control alone!). Much like the threat of an inspection or exams, delivering all those presents must be very stressful for Santa, but he’s got it in the bag… so to speak.

So, I believe in Santa Claus for it can’t be denied, That he is generosity personified…

I don’t think one can highlight the importance of generosity enough with what teachers and lecturers do. It’s less about giving gifts like Father Christmas and more about giving time and thought to help young people become the people they want to be. We are eternally grateful for the brilliant work you do. Keep it up!

Merry Christmas and an excellent 2020 from everyone here at zioxi!

Merry Christmas from everyone at zioxi