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  • Apr 15, 2009
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Barry Libert and Rick Faulk decided to make a bit of hay in the sunny aftermath of the Obama campaign. If you need to read this book to understand what Obama accomplished, you REALLY need to read this book. If you paid any attention at all to Web 2.0, to the bottom-up organizing that Howard Dean birthed and nurtured in his 2003 run, to the social networks that are proliferating via text and tweet ... you are doubtless busy applying lessons already learned. At least Libert and Faulk don't waste much of your time telling you what you already ought to know. The chapters are short and to the point. Be cool, be honest, be generous with praise, be self critical and accept blame when due, let the community run the community, join the community, lead if and when you can, don't dictate, organize, organize, organize, be cool. Rinse. Repeat.

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What can business leaders learn from Barack Obama's improbable victory? A great deal, says this brief, readable book, which spells out the lessons of the Obama campaign and goes on to illustrate them, citing companies that have used similar techniques to succeed. Obama ran a nearly flawless campaign that stayed on message, attracted tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers, and collected a record flood of dollars from donors large and small. But his triumph was also to use social networking to create a vast online community that has changed politics forever. And that's precisely what businesses need to do. In a soundbyte, Obama's threefold approach was (1) to keep his cool, (2) to apply to politics the social technologies of the Internet, including blogs, texting, and viral videos, and (3) to embody in himself the change that he meant to bring to the country. None of these goals are as simple as they sound. Barack, Inc., not only spells them out clearly but offers actionable lessons that businesspeople can apply, beginning tomorrow. "Change" has become a tired political cliche, but Obama gave it new life by persuading a solid majority of voters that he could lead them to a whole new kind of politics and government, transcending the petty partisanship of recent years. And he himself embodied that change. "We are the ones we've been waiting for," he told his rallies. "We are the change we seek...Let's go change the world." Just so, says this ...
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ISBN-10: 0137022077 (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780137022076 (hbk.)
Author: Barry Libert
Genre: Nonfiction, Business, Politics
Publisher: FT Press
Date Published: January 15, 2009
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