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... but on a an even greater-- more macro …

5 Key National-Security Issues For 2013 By Sara Sorcher

DeM Banter: not sure there is anything earth shattering or new here...but, heck--if nothing else it is a good refresher as we step toward the fiscal cliff and the New Year.... NationalJournal.com December 27, 2012 It has been a turbulent year, with violence continuing in Syria, heated debates over the defense-budget topline, and the terrorist …

Meeting the Future Before It Gets Here…a plea for today’s leaders… DeMarco Banter

"It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed." - Harvey Firestone Recently, the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, General Mark Welsh, noted: "Now more than any time in its history, the United States Air Force requires Airmen who are educated, trained, and empowered to challenge the status quo." …

Loyalty: DeMarco Banter

"The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty."  -Zig Ziglar "Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence."  -Colin Powell Is loyalty important? Loyalty is faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause. (Philosophers disagree as to what things one …

APOCALYPSE NOT QUITE YET By Christopher Dickey

DeM Banter:  So how's that pivot to the East coming?  MidEast will be the focus for a long time coming... Newsweek.com December 26, 2012 The Middle East and North Africa are teetering on the brink. Notwithstanding sundry doomsday predictions—from the Mayans to Nostradamus and the ever-impending threat of Armageddon—we can now say with some assurance …

Enlightened by Starbucks? Good Ideas and Coffee…DeMarco Banter

It's a fascinating thing...something I have personally pondered from a long time... the thought that birthed Disruptive Thinking, Microclimates, and Leadership for Strategic Change. Did the coffeehouses in 17th century England lead to an acceleration in innovation and unusual levels of creativity? English coffeehouses in the 17th and 18th centuries were public social houses where people would meet for …