Empire, Leadership Development, Innovation, Creativity, Warfare and DeMarco Banter

Empire, leadership development, innovation, creativity, and warfare. Maybe I worry about it too much, but when we look at the history of the world it seems the decline of empire is usually due to a decline in leadership and leadership development. Perhaps a decline in the strong advocacy of stellar leadership and bold ideas and …

Leadership and the Philosopher: A neo-DeMarconian Thought

“For I believe a good king is from the outset and by necessity a philosopher, and the philosopher is from the outset a kingly person.” —MUSONIUS RUFUS, LECTURES, 8.33.32–34 Should a leader be a philosopher? According to Plato, a philosopher king is a leader who possesses both a love of knowledge, as well as intelligence, reliability, and a …

Delegation…What is it good for? Absolutely everything: DeMarco Banter

Delegation (or passing down) is the partnership of authority and responsibility to another person (normally from a manager to a subordinate) to carry out specific activities. It is one of the core concepts of leadership. However the person who delegated the work remains accountable for the outcome of the delegated work. Delegation empowers a subordinate …

Strategoi, Socrates, Xenophon, and the Shape of Strategic Leaders: DeMarco Banter

As usual... I have about 5 books open at any one time trying to merge data together into some sort of coherent theory--it is like painting a picture. One thought that struck me was- how would I explain to leaders how to transition from one position to another? Harkening back to an earlier post on …

A Dystopian’s take on the Book of Judges and Judge Dread? DeMarco Banter

“America is an irradiated wasteland. Within it lies a city. Outside the boundary walls, a desert. A cursed earth. Inside the walls, a cursed city, stretching from Boston to Washington D.C. An unbroken concrete landscape. 800 million people living in the ruin of the old world and the mega structures of the new one. Mega …

Innovation and a Culture Of Conformity: DeMarco Banter

“Success no longer goes to the country that develops a new fighting technology first, but rather to the one that better integrates it and adapts its way of fighting …Our response will be to prioritize speed of delivery, continuous adaptation, and frequent modular upgrades. We must not accept cumbersome approval chains, wasteful applications of resources …

Shine On You Crazy Diamond—How To Get a Diamond To Shine: DeMarco Banter

Come on you raver, you seer of visions, come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine! -Pink Floyd Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperature and pressure at depths of 87 to 118 miles in the Earth's mantle. Diamonds are made to shine using grit. All gems are cut and polished by progressive …

America the Audacious, George Washington, and The Sunset Grill Syndrome: DeMarco Banter

Listening to some Don Henley this morning...Sunset Grill--a couple things jumped to mind.  The song references Sunset Grill, a hamburger restaurant at 7439 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California  But as much as there is nothing better than a good burger... this is about leadership... and the last stanza of the song struck me as …