This seems to be USA Week here at Canadian Entrepreneur. So to honour next week's visit to Canada by President Barack Obama, one more America-themed post...
The Financial Post's Executive Blog recently posted included a freelance article by a Ryerson University business student, Greg Murray, on "What Barack Obama Taught Me About Business." Murray's list of lessons featured some terrific observations.
* Establish a clear and simple brand identity, then stick to it. "The Obama campaign was always about change."
* Manage your employees through metrics. "The Obama campaign amassed a payroll of 5000 employees with a volunteer base in the millions. Each employee and volunteer had metrics to meet. Whether it was a field organizer assigned a set amount of volunteers to recruit, or a fundraiser delegated a certain amount of money to raise, everyone knew their goals and their role in the organization."
* Stay one step ahead of your competition. "David Plouffe has repeatedly stated that Obama is president today because of their state-by-state strategy during the primaries. They were usually one state ahead of the Clinton campaign."
* Keep your customers' expectations in check.
Well, three out of four isn't bad.
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