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Sing, Be Merry … and Reach Success!


It’s that time to sing and be merry with family and friends! Did you know there might be some hidden tips for business success inside those holiday songs?


Tiffany Whisner

Tiffany Whisner

Check out these lessons from well-known, jolly jingles, courtesy of Hana Bieliauskas at CMA:


  • Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Give everyone in your organization a chance to shine by letting all join in the “reindeer games,” or brainstorming sessions. You never know who might come up with the next bright idea that saves the day.
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Follow Santa’s lead when making your to-do list — check it twice. Missing deadlines or providing mediocre work due to lack of organization will put you on the naughty list.
  • Frosty the Snowman: Opportunities to prevent a crisis and take advantage of it may only exist for minutes before melting away. Have a potential problem? Hold that broomstick and take charge before the sun comes out and makes a puddle of your organization or client.
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas: Manage expectations so you don’t over-promise and under-deliver. Your clients or customers are going to be disappointed if they wanted 12 drummers drumming and only received one partridge in a pear tree.


Stress during the holidays is not an anomaly. And that stress can affect you at work as well as at home.


“If you are a manager, the most important thing you can do is look at your own situation,” said Elaine Varelas of Keystone Partners in an article in “The Boston Globe.” “You really can’t be helpful to employees if you are over-committed. Employees are watching you and feeling your stress.”


“If you aren’t a manager, talk with your boss to review priorities … and work on the projects that are urgent and important. Put what can wait off until the new year,” she added.


What are some tips for the “delightfully successful” for 2014? Dharmesh Shah of HubSpot promises more success if you commit to the following:


  1. Walk away from gossip. Gossip diminishes everyone involved. Talk to other people instead of talking about them — unless they’re saying great things.
  2. Spend five minutes in another person’s shoes. Spend some time thinking about what someone else really needs and help them get it, even if the effort required falls outside your job description or typical business as usual.
  3. Give one person unexpected praise. We all, at times, feel underappreciated. Go out of your way to recognize a person who did something well. Praise costs nothing to give but is priceless to the person who receives it.
  4. Do one thing no one else is willing to do. Every day, plow one row other people will not. Do a little extra research. Make one more phone call. Do one extra thing others won’t do.
  5. Shine the spotlight on one person. Find chances to publicly praise other people, and everyone will know you are one of those rare people who shines the spotlight on others.
  6. “Sell” one thing. The ability to sell is the key to business and personal success. Convince a co-worker to try something new. Convince your manager a new initiative will pay off. Learn how to sell, and you can do almost anything.
  7. Give one person an unexpected hand. Everyone, at some time, needs help. Offer to help in a way that feels collaborative instead of patronizing. And then actually help.
  8. Admit one feeling. Admit you aren’t perfect, and other people will like you better, not less. Good things always happen when other people like you — and just as importantly when you like yourself.

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