I have just finished reading Barack, Inc by Barry Libert and Rick Faulk of Mzinga (my former employer). The book is an very quick read though with many great business lessons. I wanted to highlight two points here.
The first major section of the book speaks to Obama’s character. Calm, focused, smart, and tough. He sets a great example for leaders (of all kinds) to follow and the book really details all aspects of his character with a great series of examples. One of my favorite highlights are the details behind Obama maintaining focus of the campaign on John McCain when Sarah Palin was getting a lot of attention in the press. For those still looking to add to their new year’s resolution list, Barack, Inc’s chatper on ‘Be Cool’ provides ample lessons for how to improve your leadership style to presidential levels!
Be the Change:
In what I thought was one of the most inspirational parts of the Obama campaign was Barack Obama’s response to the ‘toxic sermons’ of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. The book details how Obama had the courage to face the media head on speaking to how we can be stuck in a status quo of a ‘racial stalemate’ or embrace change and strive for a ‘more perfect union’. In a time where technologies are threatening existing business models and financial distress forces businesses to make hard decisions, the ‘Barack, Inc’ message of change is a powerful message that needs to be headed by every business leader.
In summary, I recommend this book for any business leader or any Obama fan. It is a great, quick read with many stories to inspire your organization to the same level of success as Barack Obama.
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