Dear Boss Santa, All I Want For Christmas Is......
Dear Boss Santa, All I Want For Christmas Is...... stories

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Best-selling author, popular television commentator and noted business journalist Suzy Welch is the co-author, with Jack Welch, of Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller, The Real Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career. Follow Suzy on Twitter and Instagram All proceeds from The Real Life MBA book sales are donated to fund educational scholarships for low-income students.

Dear Boss Santa, All I Want For Christmas Is......

Suzy Welch

If you could finish that line with 1 item, what would it be?

A bonus? A promotion? A cube with a view?

All fine options.

And if asking for one of them is your plan this holiday season, good luck.


if you’re hoping for a transformative, truly career-building 2016, here’s another option to consider.

Ask your boss for the truth.

About your performance. And your future.

Far too often, bosses don’t give the gift of candid feedback

They’re too busy. They hate the process. They assume you know how you’re doing because it’s so obvious. I’d estimate that fewer than 20% get the kind of performance feedback they yearn for

So most employees are forced to forge forward

Navigating in the dark.

Christmas gives you the perfect opportunity

to break that pattern for the simple reason that allows you to get in front of your boss


“Hey, since this is the season of gift-giving, I wonder if you’d give me a present that I’d really appreciate.”

Such a question sets the perfect tone, doesn't it?

It says: “Let’s take the grind out of the process. What a treasure it would be to me if I could have your input.”"

What boss could say no?

Only a total Grinch.

I can't promise you'll enjoy the conversation that results

Perhaps you’ll hear that you need to step up your game in ways you weren’t even thinking of. Or perhaps the “win” you thought was so big last quarter wasn't all that

Sometimes, the truth stings.

But when it comes to your career, the truth is always a gift

Only with the truth do you have the chance to improve and to grow. Only with the truth do you have the chance to plan your career’s next steps.

Make like your boss is Santa Claus

Ask for the only gift that keeps on giving all year long.

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