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How to adapt to changing rules (Part 2)


Creating a prototype isn’t the same as leading a team of thousands. You need to keep your mission constant, but your tactics fluid as you scale. This is the challenge President Barack Obama faced after winning the 2008 election. In the second part of interview, we dive into how he grappled with the Great Recession, the Affordable Care Act, and the disastrous rollout of Through it all, he learned to let first principles guide the way, even as he and his staff adapted to new realities and changing rules.

“Whether it’s business, politics, or the nonprofit sector – every so often going back to first principles. Ask yourself: Why am I doing this? What’s important to me in this enterprise?”

— President Barack Obama
About the guest:

Barack Obama served as the 44th President of the United States. When was elected president in 2008, he became the first African American to hold the office. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004. He’s the author of four books, including A Promised Land.

About the host:

Reid Hoffman is the host of Masters of Scale. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor, he’s known for his spot-on insights on how to scale a startup. He’s a partner at Greylock and co-founder of LinkedIn, and co-author of the best-selling Blitzscaling and The Startup of You.

Also featured in this episode:

Jen Pahlka is the former U.S. deputy chief technology officer, founder of Code for America, and cofounder of U.S. Digital Response.

Keep your mission constant, but your tactics fluid, as you scale. Let first principles guide you, even as you adapt to new rules.

Transcript of Masters of Scale: How to adapt to changing rules (Part 2)
Masters of Scale’s mission is to democratize entrepreneurship. Launched in 2017 as a weekly podcast featuring Reid Hoffman, we’re now two weekly podcasts — Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman, and Masters of Scale: Rapid Response, hosted by Bob Safian — as well as an award-winning daily learning app, a best-selling book, virtual and live events, and more, serving a global community of founders, funders, and leaders looking to innovate at scale.
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