September 2011

On the Move

From Kristin Coyner of CQ Weekly in the September 5, 2011 print edition:

After Four And A Half Years working for Barack Obama -- as chief operating officer of his campaign and in the White House as deputy assistant to the president for management and administration -- Henry De Sio has left to restart his old firm, Way Forward Strategies. 

As the father of sons ages 2 and 3, De Sio says the decision came down to family.  "I feel a bond with this president and also a responsibility for his organization after all these years, says De Sio, 48.  "It was a very hard decision for me to make, but it was primarily motivated by family considerations."

De Sio's firm coached new political candidates and worked with labor unions before he put the organization on hold in early 2007 to work for Obama's campaign.  Now he plans to help nonprofit as well as private sector organizations, especially entrepreneurs and small businesses to learn from his experiences on the campaign trail. 

"There is an opportunity to take the experience of Obama for America," he says, "growing a seedling operation and nurturing that and then scaling it into what was the near equivalent of a Fortune 1,000 Company and all the challenges that go with that."

Chasing the Daily Deal

This morning’s USA TODAY headline boomed: Groupon's IPO prospect loses luster as COO leaves.  I loosely follow the deal-of-the-day rage with a fair amount of interest.  I’ve been particularly captivated by the new rivalry being shaped by the media between superpowers Groupon and LivingSocial.  There was much fanfare about the rise of Chicago-based Groupon as it prepared for its public offe

Put Another Way

Leaders have the capacity to view circumstances through a different lens than others around them.  Former President Bill Clinton is one of those leaders.  Widely regarded as a great communicator in the tradition of Ronald Reagan, JFK, and FDR before him, he has a tirelessly upbeat perspective that is refreshing in the toughest of times.  He is a master at meeting his audience where it is by expressing the mood of the moment (empathy), redefining the situation with a hopeful outlook (optimism), and concluding with a call for action. 

Where's The Leadership In That?

I am a lifelong campaigner.  I've been running campaigns as long as I can remember.  I still recall the thrill of jumping into my high school race as a candidate for vice president during my junior year.  I followed that up the next year with a run for the school's highest office: student body president.  I learned early that once the campaign bug bites, it's hard to get the toxin out of your system.  Since then, I've had my hand in all kinds of campaigns: election campaigns, PR campaigns, legislative campaigns, and advocacy campaigns.  I love them all.