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Available In Bookstores: Campaign Inc.

Campaign Inc. is the story of how leadership and organization propelled Barack Obama to the White House. As the chief operating officer of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, author Henry De Sio was positioned to view this historic campaign as few others could. In this fascinating behind-the-scenes account, readers are whisked into national election headquarters in Chicago to glimpse the decision-making processes and myriad details critical to running a successful and innovative presidential campaign. 

Just in time for the new presidential election season, Campaign Inc. is your insider's handbook for understanding the competitive dynamics of the campaign trail, while offering lessons in leadership and organization to innovators, executives, and entrepreneurs.

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  • Everything You Change Changes Everything

    The world is changing. Society is tearing down its system of silos and hierarchy — and jobs of repetition and efficiency are going away. The new system is fast, fluid, and one that is characterized by changemaking. In this new game, everyone plays; everyone is bigger.

    I can illustrate the nature of this change based on a similar occurrence within my organization during the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. The experience triggered a personal paradigm shift that flipped my view of leadership on its head.

  • A New Lens On Youth Learning: Lead With Empathy

    I was recently invited to be a speaker contributor at the Global Child Forum by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Sweden. Convened at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, I directed my verbal remarks to four hundred delegates that included leading business CEOs, and representatives from global humanitarian organizations.

    Re-imagining youth learning must begin with an understanding of the world our children and youth are stepping into. This first requires a major reality check. That’s because most of us see a very different world than the one awaiting our young people. We see the world we entered, which is not the one they will inherit. In fact, the two worlds are in many ways polar opposites, each requiring a very different skill set and outlook. I am confident that as we understand the distinction, individuals and society as a whole will make the accommodations necessary to prepare our children accordingly.

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Step Into Your BIGness

Henry De Sio offers a new lens on leadership. The world has changed. Silos are falling and hierarchy is collapsing. It's a hybrid world requiring a new framework for leading, managing, parenting, and collaborating.

Described as his journey from "Hope & Change to Changemaking," Henry shares this new paradigm by drawing examples from his experience on the campaign trail and his current work with social entrepreneurs. It is a framework that is both inspiring and transformational.

Leadership Lessons From The Campaign Trail

Step inside campaign headquarters for an unprecedented glimpse of what it's like to work in the hothouse atmosphere of a national presidential campaign.

Henry De Sio offers lessons from the campaign trail on winning and success that are invaluable for innovators, entrepreneurs, and executives across sectors. His stories offer something for everyone.