Yes We Can!

What does Obama’s Campaign tell us about Leadership in the C21st?

  • The importance of vision and consistent values.
  • The importance of resiliance and consistency.
  • Humility and determination.
  • The simple need to thank people and recognise their contribution
  • The massive leverage of the internet and its role in building a social coalition
  • The need for passion and belief.
  • Not being driven off course by day-to-day rumpus
  • Communicating, consistently all the time.
  • AND don’t stop now you have won

This is an email he sent to his supporters in the minutes before his acceptance speech:

Mary —

I’m about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.

We just made history.

And I don’t want you to forget how we did it.

You made history every single day during this campaign — every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it’s time for change.

I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign.

We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I’ll be in touch soon about what comes next.

But I want to be very clear about one thing…

All of this happened because of you.

Thank you,



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  1. Curiously, McCain was far more radical and progressive in e-learning. He supported expanding virtual learning by reforming the "Enhancing Education Through Technology Program," with an initial $500 million in current federal funds to build new virtual schools and support the development of online course offerings for students. He said he would allocate $250 million to support states that commit to expanding online education opportunities and proposes offering $250 million to help students pay for online tutors or enrol in virtual schools. On top of this low-income students would be eligible to receive up to $4,000 to enrol in an online course, SAT/ACT prep course, credit recovery or tutoring services offered by a virtual provider. Obama has no policies in this area.

  2. Obama is apparently developing his policies and there are some exciting proposals for access to new skills and for supplementing learning at school. So I think Obama is onto this, in his way, and has taken a lot of advice. He is, also, a really committed and curious learner.

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