Overwrought Empire: The discrediting of US military power by Tom Engelhardt

DeM Banter: Interesting piece...albeit a tad old...but if anything recent events might make the article even more telling...thoughts? Wondering Where The Lions Are (WWTLA)? aljazeera.com / view original / October 12th, 2012 Americans lived in a "victory culture" for much of the 20th century. You could say that we experienced an almost 75-year stretch of triumphalism - think of …

Do You Lead with Passion? Why not? –DeMarco Banter

Passion (from the Ancient Greek verb πάσχω (paskho) meaning to suffer) is a term applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something. I have heard many folks say leaders should NOT lead with emotion.  I think it is a bit of a fine line...but I prefer...we should be leading with …

Eight ways China’s military is catching up to the United States: By John Reed

DeM Banter... well, I bet they don't have sequestration!  BANG! ForeignPolicy.com December 20, 2012 People's Power Although the Pentagon has routinely dismissed some of China's very publicly touted military advances as being decades behind the United States, they are still significant. Just because someone gets a new piece of tech later than you doesn't mean …

Lead, Follow, or See Ya–Bye! –DeMarco Banter

This morning I woke up pondering…why aren't there more dynamic leaders out there?  Why is there so much leadership literature on the market and internet, but it does not seem to change anything?  Why are all these leadership consultants with seemingly little to no true leadership experience making money?  Innovation, Creative Leadership, Strengths, Emotional Intelligence--why? Read …

The #1 Reason Leadership Development Fails by Mike Myatt

DeM Banter:  HUGE piece from Mike Myatt (a personal favorite, please click his name below and see his other work)."You don’t train leaders you develop them – a subtle yet important distinction lost on many." A thought... it is VERY difficult to mass develop leaders...the best development I have ever received was either one or …

Where’s The Beef? Krepinevich Slams Vagueness Of US Strategy By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

DeM Banter:  Nice thought piece...stuff we have been yelling about here for quite some time, nice to see we are not totally off our rockers. View Original / Strategy & Policy WASHINGTON: Where's the strategic beef? That's what Andrew Krepinevich wants to know. "When the administration came out with its strategic guidance [in] January, I thought the guidance made a lot …

We Wait Too Long to Train Our Leaders by Jack Zenger

DeM Banter:  Very telling article...especially in light of some of the issues we are working in the office regarding ensuring our college students fully understand basic leadership principles and their leadership strengths. Leadership is the key to success in any endeavor...so...the earlier the better...no?  What do you think? View Original / HBR Blog Network Years ago, I …