This is Your Life… Are you who you want to be? AND the UFFE ELBAEK Model–DeMarco Banter

Another great song..."This Is Your Life."  It was a popular song by the alternative rock/Christian band Switchfoot, and their third single. "This Is Your Life" first appeared on the group's 2003 album The Beautiful Letdown and peaked at #30 on the US Modern Rock charts. The single also hit the U.S. Top 40 peaking at No. 31 ...but as I …

9 (+1) Leadership Lessons from the Greatest Generation: Principles from Joe Urice and the Bloody Hundredth

by Joe Urice and J. William DeMarco One of the greatest honors in commanding the 100th Operations Group was the building the ties with the WWII veterans of the 100th Bomb Group.  This is a brotherhood of warriors in its purest sense….warriors from very different times, very different wars, very different aircraft…but brothers in arms to …

Anna Karenina, Tolstoy, and the Interconnectiveness of Leadership: DeMarco Banter

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. - Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy With this dramatic sentence, Leo Tolstoy begins his famous novel Anna Karenina about the struggles of multiple, interconnected families to find happiness. Tolstoy weaves and dramatizes not only the interconnectiveness of their problems but also the interconnectiveness …

Declining Empire, Leader 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 leader development. Perhaps a decline in the strong advocacy of stellar leadership and bold ideas and …

It’s the Strategy, Stupid…or How Did I Get Here? DeMarco Banter…

I'm sure all the "old" folks out there recall the phrase "It's the economy, stupid." In the realm of leadership... we might look at this infamous phase in a deeper and slightly new light.  While on a U.S. National Level.... it appears to still be about the economy (more or less, COVID, etc)... but on a …

Can We Measure Leadership? DeMarco Banter

We start every year in our leader development course by asking students to define leadership. The answers are usually surprisingly similar—especially when it comes to our Army students—Soldiers can always quote the Army Doctrinal definition. The Army defines leadership as influencing people by providing purpose, direction, and motivation, while operating to accomplish the mission and …

The “Enlightened Rebel’s” Guide to Empire: DeMarco Banter

Or…what would Sir John Glubb Pasha say…Part 1 History has much to teach and offer in terms of empire’s rise and decline.  Great empires of the past such as Britain, Spain, Islam, Rome, Persia, and Babylon rose and fell over a period of centuries. Even Niccolo Machiavelli’s 1532 signature work, The Prince was a study …

Leadership Soft Skills in the US Military—What the @#$%? DeMarco Banter

Leadership Soft Skills in the US Military—What the @#$%?  DeMarco Banter This week marks the 5th year of teaching our Leader Development course at The USAF’s Air Command and Staff College.  To say it has been an interesting journey—would not even begin to cover it.  In 2012 the DeMarco Family took a job here at …