Thucydides, The Plague of Athens, COVID-19 and Leadership–DeMarco Banter

With Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) we find ourselves in interesting times—one might even say unprecedented; but I work with academics, and this was mentioned on a text the other day to which the response was, "These are actually precedented times."   What does that even mean? Unprecedented: never done or known before. Precedented: Provided with or having …

Give The People What They Want (w/4 simple concepts): DeMarco Banter

“You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want.”  ― Zig Ziglar …so give the people what they want -Ray Davies, The Kinks I am sure all leaders sit through meetings where we ask— "How do we create, assess, mentor, and advise new leaders?"  The …

Four Paradoxes of Leadership: DeMarco Banter

par·a·dox ˈparəˌdäks/ noun noun: paradox; plural noun: paradoxes a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory."a potentially serious conflict between quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity known as the information paradox"  I love a good paradox, and in …

The Lycaeum the Aristotelian School of Leadership–Neo DeMarcoian Thought

We had a post a few months back pondering what Aristotle teaches us about leadership, but at the same time we have been pondering ancient schools of leadership—we’ve pondered Plato’s Academy, The Jedi Praxium, and today we will ponder Aristotle’s Lyceum.   HISTORY The Lycaeum was a temple dedicated to Apollo Lyceus ("Apollo the wolf-god"). …

Mastermind Century Group Suggested Reading List 2020 (Updated)

Eight years ago I crafted a recommended reading list for the Mastermind Century Group—it is something I intended to update, yet there always seemed to be something else to write about.  As I look back at the list there are several books that are “keepers” and  others that have not had the staying power I …

Wisdom and Affirmation….DeMarco Banter

I can't recall where I first heard the question...but it has haunted me for quite some time now.  "Where do you get your wisdom and affirmation?" wis·dom [wiz-duh m] noun 1.The quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight. af·fir·ma·tion [af-er-mey-shuh n] noun 1. the act or an instance of affirming; state of being affirmed. 2. the assertion that something exists or is true. 3. something that is affirmed; a statement or proposition that is declared to be true. 4. confirmation or ratification of the truth or validity of a prior judgment, decision, etc. It seems this is a question one should be readily able to answer. I have asked several leaders that …

Are you the David or the Goliath in Your Fight? DeMarco Banter

I keep returning to Malcolm Gladwell’s book: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.  This morning, reading a devotional on 1 Samuel 17:37…David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of …