November 6, 2008

Leadership Lessons from Obama and McCain

Now that the elections (both in the USA and Canada) are over, what's a news junkie like me supposed to do? Go cold turkey? Nope, the answer is simple - read through the post-mortems and the pieces on "how they won/lost" on the Blogsphere and in the mainstream media.

The best material I've come across is a seven part series in Newsweek. It's an in-depth look behind the scenes of the campaign, consisting of exclusive behind-the-scenes reporting from the McCain and Obama camps assembled by a special team of reporters who were granted year-long access on the condition that none of their findings appear until after Election Day."

The series is an entertaining read. But as I went through it, I found myself flashing back to the teams and organizations in my past where similar dysfunction and perfection was attained. I'm thinking that there's not much difference between the complexity of a Fortune 100 company or a Political Campaign. There's much to learn about what to do and not to do with regard to planning, strategy, people management and leadership from these politicians and their staffs.

Click here to read the whole series.

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