NEW YORK – Transition officials call it Obama 2.0 — an ambitious effort to transform the president-elect's vast Web operation and database of supporters into a modern new tool to accomplish his goals in the White House. If it works, the new president could have an unprecedented ability to appeal for help from millions of Americans who already favor his ideas, bypassing the news media to pressure Congress.
"He's built the largest network anyone has ever seen in politics, and congressional Republicans are clueless about the communications shift that has happened," Democratic strategist Joe Trippi proclaims. The results, he says, "will be amazing to watch." By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer
The Pie in the Sky or Leadership: Nice Guys Finish First 9-Mar-06
Leadership by Example by Jim Citrin Friday, February 17, 2006
Let's start with a question. What is success?
Money? Happiness? Status? My definition of success is: To work with people whom you like and respect, in a role that plays to your natural strengths, in an area that you are genuinely interested in.
When you achieve this blissful state, good things happen. You will challenge and push yourself and grow personally and professionally. You will have a positive impact on your organization and those around you. You will reap appropriate financial rewards. And you will be able to live the lifestyle that meets your most important needs.
It sounds fairly simple - people, strengths, passions. Of course, it's rather more difficult to achieve. But it can be accomplished by understanding the patterns of success, following role models, committing yourself to the pursuit, working hard, and having patience and perseverance to take concrete steps every day.
A Surprising Way to Rise
An important point to underscore is that leadership and success go hand in hand. If you want a fail-safe way to be successful, then don't worry about your own success. Dedicate yourself to making those around you successful.
This is what we call Benevolent Leadership. Our research has found that among the most extraordinary executives (the top 10 percent of the top 1 percent of all professionals), 90 percent are described as "caring as much about the success of those who work with and for them as their own success." By contrast, only 4 percent of this extraordinary group are described as putting their own success ahead of their peers and subordinates.
Think about the power of these statistics. Focusing on the success of others will lead directly to your own success. While this may not be the quickest path, it works. It works because you attract the very best people to work with you. All the energy that you dedicate to their success rebounds to you as they, in turn, become committed to your success. In short, you don't claw your way to the top on the backs of others, you are carried to the top on their shoulders.
To the hundreds of CEOs and top executives with whom we work, this may not seem surprising. But to the average career professional within results-obsessed organizations, nothing could be more counterintuitive. Fifteen years of globalization, hyper-competition, reengineering, downsizing, and layoff after painful layoff have produced a workforce that believes only in survival of the fittest - i.e., if you win, I lose.
The notion that climbing the career ladder requires competing against, rather than supporting, colleagues is perhaps the most pervasive misconception in the workplace today. It's also dangerous -- stifling productivity and spawning behavior inconsistent with the core values of ethics and integrity.