Santa is a ‘Strategist’ as Mrs. Claus saves the day
Santa had a problem!
Elvis the Elf, (bright and young, new to the team), was making waves once again. He has seen a YouTube video showing the innovator Ely Tusk’s bright, shiny All-Electric Hover Sleigh. It claims to be eco-friendly and equipped with all the latest GPS technology as well as heated seats. “What is not to like?” he exclaimed.
Santa could do without the hassle.
Bernard the head Elf was not happy. Neither is Rudolph, whose nose was teetering on the verge of blinking, and Santa knew from experience that this is never a good sign. All Bernard and Rudolph can see is massive disruption to their long-developed and well-proven plans for tackling this year’s Christmas Eve challenge.
Bernard was arguing that the plans he and the Elf team had on their Gantt Chart on the wall would have to be ‘thrown out of the window’ if they had to accommodate the purchase and snow testing of this new contraption. There simply was not time. Far better to stick to the proven methods. In any case the reindeers have been in training for months now, Dasher, Dancer and Prancer are match fit and raring to go - and who wants to be the one to tell Vixen her plans for Christmas Eve are under threat?
Elvis is a ‘Game Changer’ and he can always be relied on to bring new ideas, no matter how wacky and far-out, to the otherwise dull and dutiful Council meetings. Santa wants to encourage him, but Bernard and Rudolph both have a point. Bernard and the Elves do have a detailed Implementation plan ‘oven ready, and we simply want to get Christmas done’ as Bernard keeps on saying….
Rudolph has been training and polishing the team for weeks now and they are as keen and eager as ever to get going. What Santa needs is a ‘Play Maker’ to smooth the fractious debate.
Luckily, just as Santa was wondering what he should do to restore harmony and goodwill, Mrs. Claus came into the room. Hot tea and mince pies all round. She gently admonished the whole Council saying the drama and noise is upsetting all the Elves in the workshop. Alabaster is close to tears, Snowball has taken a carrot and said he is going out for a long walk and may not be back, and Shiny Upatree has disappeared into the woods to do who knows what.
The mince pies and hot tea definitely helped the mood of the meeting. The conversation calmed down and it was agreed that the All-Electric Hover Sleigh was a great idea, but maybe a little ahead of its time for the team this year. Santa promised Elvis that he can look into it as an option for next year, and asked him to keep everyone informed of the results of the trials that Ely Tusk was conducting at the moment.
Bernard was relieved his plans still stood, and he and Rudolph left happy and got on with final preparations. ‘Implementers’ and ‘Polishers’ working in harmony together, a great sight to see, it warmed the cockles of Santa’s heart.
All’s well that ends well.
Santa went back to his Joke writing as there were several Crackers still to fill. His top 10 jokes so far include:
1. How much did Santa's sleigh cost? Nothing, it was on the house.
2. Why is Santa scared of chimneys? Because he's claus-trophobic.
3. How you can tell that Santa is real? You can always sense his presents.
4. What nationality is Santa Claus? North Polish.
5. Why did Santa go to the liquor store? He was looking for holiday spirits.
6. What's Santa's favourite type of music? Wrap.
7. Why is Santa so good at karate? He has a black belt.
8. Why does Santa go down the chimney? Because it soots him.
9. What do you call a kid who doesn’t believe in Santa? A rebel without a Claus.
10. How does Santa take pictures? With his Pole-aroid camera.
Happy Christmas from us all at the Change Maker Group.
Malcolm Follos can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org