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Excerpts from the upcoming book WINNING!

Some historians may note that progressives have always been on the defensive … But now progressives are playing a completely defensive game against a set of opponents whose money and organizations allow them to play both offense and defense.  Who is likely to win those battles?

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The reason it is important to recruit and develop leaders, and the reason we try to build juggernaut organizations with the capacity to both create and to punish, is this:  to change the country so that it works for everybody, not just for the privileged few.

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Power comes in two forms:  organized money and organized people.  As we write, the United States is inundated with enormous amounts of organized money, and we have very few organized people.

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Our biggest competitive advantage going forward is the development of progressive leaders who can build powerful organizations in which talent recruitment and development is central to their mission.  Right now the progressive talent strategy is like a Major League manager going into the stands and asking “can any of you pitch?” … We throw people into positions with little training or coaching and wonder why don’t succeed.

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Transformational change = leadership + organization + movement

Leadership requires a vision of a different reality and the ability to move people to create it … What distinguishes great leaders from ordinary ones is their ability to act boldly in the midst of their uncertainty.

Organization, of either people or money, is how we get and exercise power.

Movement is all of us together, something bigger than us and bigger than our organizations.

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Most people are not and do not want to be a public person … So if you want to join the minority of people who have decided to become a public person, recognize that you are not normal … Public people are formed.  They are constantly crafting and re-crafting themselves for the role or roles they want to play.

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Sustained winning should be the goal.  Progressive organizations should be permanent, relentless forces for change, not momentary catalysts of contract time mobilizers.

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