"This was a fun book -- I couldn't put it down!"
Start with a strong dose of Christmas lore, mix in some of today's most
popular management mantras, add a touch of science fiction and fantasy, and
then spice it up with corporate intrigue. "Santa, Ceo" is a unique
blend of literary styles that shows how the magic of Christmas can be poisoned
with corporate greed.
Soubly's story causes us to re-think what is important in corporate life. Is
it short-term shareholder value, always looking for opportunities for
efficiencies at the sake of tradeoffs that can be mitigated and managed? Or do
we stay true to the spirit of the early years, connect with our true customers,
and deliver a product that is almost magical?
Don't think that Santa is the mystical figure that has all of the answers.
He is far from perfect, struggling for answers and he has serious flaws, just
like the rest of us. From corporate naiveté to a bar-room brawl Santa claws
through his problems in a story filled with intrigue and excitement. There are
even some younger "half-elves" that help the "Chief" (as he
is affectionately known at NPI) face his challenges.
This is not Christmas tall-tale, but
is more Grisham-like in a story of a corporation
that has lost touch with its roots. A
worthy summer read. Highly recommended.
Cannell, Farmington Hills MI April
Read Larry's full review at larry.cannell.org or at Amazon.com