Changemakers and the New Physics of Leadership

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to sit down for a Mulberry Talent Partners Leadership Conversation with Henry F. De Sio, Jr., former Deputy Assistant to the President in the Obama white house and COO of the 2008 Obama for America presidential campaign to discuss his new book Changemaker Playbook: New Physics of Leadership in a World of Explosive Change. In this conversation, we covered:

  • Lessons learned from the laboratory of the 2008 Obama campaign
  • Moving from a traditional, one-leader-at-a-time framework to an everyone-leads model
  • Identifying changemakers (hint: you might be one!)
  • How organizations can shift from a top-down model to an everyone-a-changemaker approach
  • Moving beyond titles and traditional responsibilities to step into your bigness

The Honorable Henry F. De Sio, Jr. is known as the global ambassador for changemakers. A leadership advisor, campaign and organizational strategist, and social sector executive, he has led both startups and large, complex organizations. As the 2008 Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and then serving as Deputy Assistant to the President in the Obama White House, De Sio came to be intimately acquainted with a new emerging pattern of societal change. He has since followed his campaign-driven passion for hope and change to make changemaking a global phenomenon.

Henry’s new book, Changemaker Playbook: The New Physics of Leadership in a World of Explosive Change, is packed with tips for individuals and organizations navigating the new strategic landscape defined by disruptive change. His perspectives on a range of societal issues are uniquely influenced by “The Changemaker Effect” — a term he coined to describe how rising citizen agency, coupled with dynamic technological advancements and the democratization of leadership, is driving explosive social change.


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