8 Lessons Every Enterprise Can Learn From 2016 Presidential Election

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2016-07-29

The 2016 presidential election cycle can be described as the "ultimate reality show," with mudslinging, name-calling, plot twists and turns, memorable characters and more. Behind the scenes, however, launching and running a successful presidential campaign is more like starting and running an enterprise. In fact, a presidential campaign can be described as building up and tearing down a Fortune 500 company in 18 months. Campaigns can also be described as "fast-ramping startups." Staff must be hired, money raised and campaign messaging finalized—all within a short time span. Not only does it require considerable empire-building chops—from raising and managing funds to building an organization from scratch—it demands running a tight and orderly team, all with high expectations and an intense timeline. Often, applying order to chaos just takes simple implementation of key technologies to drive success. This eWEEK slide show, based on a series of conversations with the executives at CFB Strategies, offers some key lessons enterprises can learn from political campaigns.


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