Changemaker Playbook: The New Physics of Leadership in a World of Explosive Change

Changemaker Playbook: The New Physics of Leadership in a World of Explosive Change

by Henry De Sio
Changemaker Playbook: The New Physics of Leadership in a World of Explosive Change

Changemaker Playbook: The New Physics of Leadership in a World of Explosive Change

by Henry De Sio


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Silver Medal Winner in Business and Leadership, 2023 Nautilus Book Awards 
Winner for Best Business (General) Book, 2022 International Best Book Awards. 

Winner for Best Nonfiction (General) Book, 2022 Best Book Awards. 
Silver Medal Winner in Business Ethics, 2022 Axiom Business Book Awards.

“The game has changed, so how do you respond? Changemaker Playbook offers a new game plan on leaderships that everyone needs for a world in which change is the only constant.”—Pete Souza, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Changemaker Playbook is filled with stories of everyday changemakers who have the courage to act on their empathy. This book is a true blueprint for how we rise above our differences, come together, and fix real problems.” —Van Jones, CNN political contributor, host of The Van Jones Show, and best-selling author

The Game Has Changed!

What would you do if the game you had been preparing for your whole life had changed?

This is the question we all face today. Our one-leader-at-a-time past has given way to a present reality where everyone has the potential to lead in every aspect of life. We all have at our fingertips the tools of change that were once available to only a few. This shift from one-leader-at-a-time to everyone-leading-in-every-moment has created a changemaker effect on society. Change is no longer linear and faster, it's explosive and omnidirectional—and we are the first generation to navigate this reordered reality.

Our iEverything world requires a new playbook.

CHANGEMAKER PLAYBOOK will show you how to thrive in every aspect of today's transformed societal landscape. Based on the author’s discoveries about leading in change from some of the world’s leading changemakers — business and social entrepreneurs, educators, media thought leaders, and youth innovators — readers can apply the principles in this book to the new everyone-a-changemaker world. An unforgettable tutorial on the principles of empathy-based ethics, co-creative teamwork, and the ins and outs of the new game, CHANGEMAKER PLAYBOOK is as much a new leadership handbook as it is the definitive individual and organizational achievement playbook.

This is the new playbook for the new game.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781529330199
Publisher: Mobius
Publication date: 03/30/2021
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Hon. Henry F. De Sio, Jr., is known as the global ambassador for changemakers. He is an author, keynote speaker, campaign strategist, and leadership advisor. He has served as the executive of 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 during the first administration, 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.

De Sio has engaged with the world’s leading social and business entrepreneurs, and he has brought the powerful framework of new leadership and team-of-teams organization described in Changemaker Playbook to board rooms, newsrooms, community forums, university institutions, and governmental halls all over the world. He's helped civic and business leaders, parents and educators, and everyone across the social spectrum to cultivate in themselves and in others the qualities of the changemaker: an innovative mind, a service heart, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a collaborative outlook.

Henry De Sio holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School, and he earned his B.A. in political science from the University of California-Santa Barbara. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Sine, and their two young sons.

Table of Contents

Section 1 The New Game 1

Chapter 1 The New Nature of Change 3

It's a New Game 5

The Old Playbook Won't Work in the New Game 7

Meet the New-Game Players 10

Chapter 2 The Physics of Leadership Are Flipped 15

Hope and Chaos 16

Growing Up Siloed 17

Change on Steroids 19

Everyone a Leader 20

Rethinking Leadership in the Everyone-Leads System 22

The New Rules for the New Game 24

Scaling for Change 28

Chapter 3 Everyone a Changemaker 31

Journey Out of the Bubble 34

Trending Now 35

We See What We Expect 38

Everyone in Everyone Else's Business 39

Innovator for the Public 42

Chapter 4 Follow the Fool 47

The Fool as Social Entrepreneur 52

From Repetition to Change 54

Built for Repetition 58

Section 2 What You Need to Know to Play 65

Chapter 5 Empathy Is the Driver 67

Empathy for the Driver 71

Close the Empathy Gap 75

Discovering the Empathy Effect 77

The Art of Kindness 79

Elevating Empathy 81

Chapter 6 Define Thyself 83

Breaking the Box 85

Claim Your Frame 91

Maternity as a Master's 96

With Self-Definition Comes Self-Permission 98

Chapter 7 Tear Down Walls 101

Walls No More 102

Breaking Out of the Shadows and into the Light 107

The Courage to Jump In 110

Superpower for Social Change 113

The Last Wall 116

Chapter 8 Changing Minds Changes Behavior 119

Shopping for a New Perspective 120

Lady with a Spade 121

Lady with the Lamp 125

Creating a Dignity-Driven Economy 128

Picture-Telling 133

The New Playbook for the New Game 135

Section 3 Framework Change 139

Chapter 9 The Changemaker Youth Apprenticeship 141

Putting a Team Around an Idea 143

Educate for Change 144

Learning From Our Littlest Learners 146

Changemaking for Kindergarteners 147

Teams of Teams on the Playground 148

Seeing the Big Picture 149

Sea of Strangers 150

Leaving to Learn 153

Chapter 10 Lead Young 159

Greening the Food Desert 161

Headwinds in Patagonia 164

Changemakers Pass It Forward 167

Serial Changemaking 170

Your Kid 174

Chapter 11 Getting Changemaker-Ready 177

The New Strategic Landscape 178

The New Framework for the New Game 181

Unbundle Learning 182

Walking Through the Tough Stuff 185

Protect Your Courage 187

See Big, Think Big, Play Big 190

"Social Response Ability" 194

Chapter 12 For the Good of All 197

Valuing Dignity over Status 198

Playing It Forward 201

The Club Nobody Wants to Join 204

Changemaking Leads to Community 206

The Generous Choice 208

The Big Breakthrough 212

Final Word 215

Matters for Chatter 217

Changemaker in the Mirror 220

Notes 221

Acknowledgments 231

About the Author 237

Index 239

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