Innovation and The Intrapreneur? NeoDeMarconian Thoughts

Note:  This post also appears in a slightly modified manner as a guest post on Cambridge University's Centre of Social Innovation blog:  Public sector intraprenurship: overcoming bureaucratic immune systems Everyone has an idea. But it’s really about executing the idea and attracting other people to help you work on the idea. — Jack Dorsey Twice …

Wondering Where The Lions Are/Putting Leadership Back into Strategy: Chapter 1

By J. William DeMarco DeM Banter:  For those tracking with the last 4 weeks--we've resisted a strategy and leadership paper I worked on in 2008.  In typical DeMarco fashion--we are posting the first chapter last.   Chapter 1 “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” –Sun …

Wondering Where The Lions Are: Quantum Look, A National Strategy?

DeM Banter:  As mentioned in the ABSTRACT POST, Chapter 1, 2, 3 and now in Chapter 4 in 2007-08 I was fortunate enough to be selected a a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  An outstanding year spent with some of the foremost personalities in National Security on both the Right and the …

Wondering Where the Lions Are: American Grand Strategy

DeM Banter:  As mentioned in the ABSTRACT POST, Chapter 1, 2, and now in Chapter 3: in 2007-08 I was fortunate enough to be selected a a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  An outstanding year spent with some of the foremost personalities in National Security on both the Right and the …

Wondering Where The Lions Are: Strategy, Eisenhower, and The Peace of Solarium

DeM Banter:  As mentioned in the ABSTRACT POST, and Chapter 1: in 2007-08 I was fortunate enough to serve as a National Security Affairs Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  An outstanding year spent with some of the foremost personalities in National Security on both the Right and the Left sides of the aisle.  While there …

The Forgotten Strategist—please come back, the world misses you. neoDemarconian Thought

“Whatever a man directs, if he knows what he wants and can get it, he will be a good director, whether he directs a chorus, an estate, a city or an army.” -Socrates (Xenophon - Memoirs of Socrates) One of the essential keys to leadership is strategy.  Great leaders MUST be strategists first.  This is …

Can Aristotle Teach Us About Leadership? Neo-DeMarcoian Thought

This year we spent a good bit of time focusing on ethics in our Leader Development course at ACSC.  I am not sure if readers are familiar with the Cardinal Virtues--Plato identified the four cardinal virtues in The Republic. Plato narrates a discussion--a metaphor of sorts--of the character of a good city where the following …

Nothing to Prove, Nothing to Lose, Nothing to Hide: To Command Is To Serve: DeMarco Banter

“To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.” - Andre Malraux One of my all time favorite quotes that all leaders need to be reminded of time and time again... it is SO not about you! Reading this AM from Acts and pondering the concept of servant leadership. Have you ever thought about …

Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs….Heroes, “Pappy” Boyington, and Army Rangers: DeMarco Banter

(Repost from 2013--my days at OTS are done, but you just have to love anything Pappy Boyington) One of the many highlights of working at the USAF's Officer Training School is hosting a myriad of heroes and distinguished visitors (DVs)--over the last week we hosted General Duncan McNabb, USAF (Retired).  If you scan the blog …