AUiX (Air University’s Innovation Accelerator): IGNITE Talk, Montgomery

Many know—I have issues. I was asked to “talk about AUiX” at a local event here in Montgomery AL and of course I said yes. I was later informed this was an IGNITE event and there were “rules.” IGNITE talks are 5 minutes with 20 slides set on a timer. What could possibly go wrong? …

Motivated to Lead Podcast: Your Choice—listen to Jeff DeGraff, Gen Kwast, Rashim McKinney or… well… me…

Cool opportunity a few months back to talk with Mark Klingsheim on his podcast Motivated to Leadhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/william-bill-demarco-chief-of-innovation-air-university/id1454443278?i=1000558965112 Possibly even more cool… check out some of the other folks you might know on the podcast: Jeff DeGraff: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jeff-degraff-the-innovation-code/id1454443278?i=1000558310902 Lt Gen Steven Kwast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-148-steven-kwast-lt-gen-ret-president-genesis/id1454443278?i=1000560759115 Rashim McKinney : https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rashim-mckinney-president-gibraltar-solutions-development/id1454443278?i=1000581044441 Mark is an amazing host—please go to his website …

What Can the Rock Music Industry Teach the US Military About Innovation?  “Walk This Way.”

“It’s not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.” - Miles Davis Many people probably do not initially see the parallels between the rock industry and the American military, and in fact, one might think they have been at odds with each other for …

Risk Takers and Ants Marching–The Key to Innovation

There is a great deal of conversation around the concept of bold and innovative leaders as of late.  To be truly bold and innovative requires a leader to take risk, and risk requires courage.  So, how brave are you?  How brave is your organization?  Will it tolerate risk?  Will it tolerate our potential failure?  This is …

Machiavellian Leadership and Knowing Yourself to Lead Yourself: DeMarco Banter

I’ve been spending the last few years reading some of the classic philosophers.  One I keep coming back to is Machiavelli. Over the next few weeks we will dive into the works of Machiavelli from a DeMarconian angle. We all know—context matters. Given the context of Machiavelli’s writings—is it possible he is a bit misunderstood? …

Effective vs Good and The Contrarian Leader: DeMarco Banter

Many people confuse good leadership with effective leadership, but a contrarian leader knows there is a huge difference between the two. Hitler was an extraordinarily effective leader, but few would refer to him a good leader. I came across some interesting thoughts on good vs. effective leadership and moral codes as I read through The …

Leading, Mentoring, Coaching, Comets, and Gravity–It’s so not about you. Neo-DeMarcoian Thoughts

In all the classes we teach here at ACSC on leadership—mentoring is always a topic that comes up.  In the past decade or so—there has been increased talk of “coaching” vs mentoring and honestly, it is an interesting conversation. I worry at times we get stuck in the minutiae and forget the big picture—what are …