Where is My Muse or 5 Steps to Helping a Muse Find You–DeMarco Banter

By J. William DeMarco I am sure there are others out there like me... maybe? Writers with a million notes and thoughts scattered between computers..in word, pages, Evernote, iPads, iPhones, and when there is finally time to sit down and ponder which ideas to pull on... you start looking for your muse. Sometimes it shows …

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 …

SEVEN! The Contrarian Traits Required of the Greater Good Leader

By J. William DeMarco John Maxwell notes… "leadership is influence."  In order to influence, we all need relationships, as such leadership is hugely relational.  I could be way off base on this but this has been my observation through a myriad of leadership positions.  Do I have it right, no…I'm just trying to get better. …

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 …

Leader Development…or… Today’s Tom Sawyer…DeMarco Banter

"[The] original lyrics were kind of a portrait of a modern day rebel, a free-spirited individualist striding through the world wide-eyed and purposeful. I added the themes of reconciling the boy and man in myself, and the difference between what people are and what others perceive them to be - namely me I guess." -Neil …

Resonance and Dissonance…and the sounds of leadership– DeMarco Banter

Think for a moment about a great leader you knew…or maybe know…how did he/she make you feel? Great leaders lead emotionally.  Leadership is not only intellectual; it is also emotional…great leaders ARE inspiring! Great leaders build people up…stoke their passions…and rouse their emotions…Relooking at Daniel Goleman's book Primal Leadership as we prepare a few projects at …

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 …

Leaders and ancient Greek philosophers: Role Models—NeoDeMarcoian Thought

Years ago I came across an article addressing how people have used ancient Greek and Roman philosophies to help them live their lives better. They all used philosophy to help in achieving “eudaimonia”, by which the Greeks meant “flourishing” or “the good life”.  Never being one to leave anything alone–I have modified the seven techniques, from …