Shine On You Crazy Diamond—How To Get a Diamond To Shine: DeMarco Banter

Come on you raver, you seer of visions, come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine! -Pink Floyd Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperature and pressure at depths of 87 to 118 miles in the Earth's mantle. Diamonds are made to shine using grit. All gems are cut and polished by progressive …

The Ultimate Three Pieces of Advice on Command; NeoDeMarcoian Thought

Years ago I attended a Squadron Commanders' conference at Scott Air Force Base.  I always assumed these events were designed to make one a better leader when in fact, they are designed to enlighten a commander as to what the headquarters staff is working on to include the various “programs” available to assist warriors in …

Rogue Leader or Intrapreneur? NeoDeMarconian Thoughts

Note:  This post also appears in a slightly modified manner as a guest post on Cambridge University's Centre of Social Innovation blog:  Public sector intraprenurship: overcoming bureaucratic immune systems Everyone has an idea. But it’s really about executing the idea and attracting other people to help you work on the idea. — Jack Dorsey This …

Samson, Proverbs, and the Jedi—Potential vs. Kinetic Leadership: neoDeMarconian Thought

Yesterday, Max (our nine year old) asked me to define potential vs kinetic energy.  I did my best, but in Max’s eyes my definition fell short of his very much by the book definition. As I pondered my scientific failure, I realized that is true leadership.  As a leader and a mentor we must assist …