A Simple Man’s Map To The Stoic Path—Neo-DeMarconian Banter

A while back we started a series on schools of philosophy and we began with the Praxium or the Jedi School. Today we ponder the Stoic School. For the past several years now I have been studying The Stoics.  I first became interested from listening to podcasts by Tim Ferriss and reading biographies of George …

A Simple Stoic Leader Philosophy We Can All Utilize—DeMarco Banter

or…Leadership Philosophy 201/We don’t need no stinkin’ philosophy—do we? Leadership Philosophy 101 was penned as part of a course I was teaching on leadership and command.  The piece has generated a great deal of discussion—both pro and con. Many of us have a desire to lead, some of us enjoy pondering leadership, and others assume …

Leadership and the Philosopher: A neo-DeMarconian Thought

“For I believe a good king is from the outset and by necessity a philosopher, and the philosopher is from the outset a kingly person.” —MUSONIUS RUFUS, LECTURES, 8.33.32–34 Should a leader be a philosopher? According to Plato, a philosopher king is a leader who possesses both a love of knowledge, as well as intelligence, reliability, and a …

Self-Esteem and Leadership–Who Appreciates You? Neo-DeMarcoian Thought

Reading a few weeks ago in the Daily Stoic, I came across the thought:  “An iron law of history is that greatness and goodness are rarely appreciated in their own time.”  Winston Churchill was more or less tossed out of office twice— in 1945 and again in 1955. Amelia Earhart had to get a job …

The Strong B+ Leader: “A New Theory of Leadership”

Years ago, as a squadron commander, it dawned on me that sometimes the best performers in the squadron were not the individuals with the strongest pedigree.  I know many of you are thinking, “Really Bill? It took you that long?” Those who know me understand; it just takes me awhile.  In many conversations I referred …

#2020 Sucks—Leadership Philosophy and Thanksgiving–Neo DeMarcoian Thought

2020 has probably not been the year any of us were expecting. I think I recall even a bit of euphoria as 2019 ended—thinking about the wonders of a new decade. BUT now, it’s pretty safe to say no one entered 2020 expecting an impeachment, a pandemic, riots, murder hornets, earthquakes, fires, multiple hurricanes, record-setting …

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 …