It all started out this way:
On Dasher, On Dancer, On Prancer, On…uh..uh… stumbled Santa… GO!
HEY! yelled Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, Santa’s not right!
He’s made a blunder; he always calls ALL of our names, but now not so!
Just let it go, insisted Dasher, Dancer and Prancer, don’t ruin this night!
So up and away they went, but 5 of the Reindeer weren’t feeling ‘Gung Ho.’
They’d lost their sense of teamwork and with that sunk their spirit to unite.
They all agreed that not hearing their names didn’t leave a very warm glow.
It’s as if we’re not as important as them and that’s a pretty rotten plight!
Meanwhile, Santa was so busy you wouldn’t think that he’d ever even know
that some of his Reindeer were disgruntled and creating a dispirited flight.
His sleigh was filled with kids’ gifts so he needed to keep his ducks in a row.
Yet, Ole St. Nick, being a sensitive guy, was fully aware that all wasn’t right.
During his drops from house to house, his Reindeer concerns began to grow.
Hmm, he thought, what’s going on here, could there maybe have been a fight?
Whatever it is, it’s put a Square Wheel in place and now we’re going way too slow.
What we need is to find a Round Wheel way of bringing the problem to light.
So Santa had them stop the sleigh to find out why their energy seemed so low.
They hemmed and hawed fearing he wouldn’t accept their reason with delight.
Then, at last, Vixen spoke up and gave Santa their whole story, blow by blow.
Good grief, cried Santa with quite a relief, you were all giving me quite a fright!
Apologies for making you feel disengaged when your names
from me didn’t flow!
As I age, my rusty memory often makes calling out your names harder to recite.
Each of you is equally important as without you here, this trip we’d have to forgo!
So, what say we join together and get on with this very special Christmas flight?
And then you could hear Santa reciting each Reindeer’s name with a Ho Ho Ho! All toys were delivered while Santa and all Reindeer remained Merry and Bright
Season’s Greetings, and may your 2014 be filled with lots of Round Wheels, for sure!
Note: Joan creates all these things every year. If you want to see some of the past year’s poems on Santa and performance, we can email them to you,
Dr. Scott Simmerman is a designer of team building games and organization improvement tools. Managing Partner of Performance Management Company since 1984, he is an experienced presenter and consultant.
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