Leader Development in the V.U.C.A. Environment: Neo-DeMarcoian Thought

How many times have you heard our environment has changed—it’s now more volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) today than every before? I’m not 100% convinced this is true. Go back just in American history. Did George Washington live in uncertain times? Did Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, or LBJ live in uncertain, complex, …

Bootleg Innovation in the Military–or what happens when Punk Rock goes Mainstream

The massive military bureaucracy is daunting to any junior or mid level solider, marine, airman, sailor dare we say—any person working in a bureaucracy—giving way to an entirely different form of innovation.  If an Airman on a flight-line has a problem or a solider in field finds or discovers a new tool—it can take years …

Innovation and a Culture Of Conformity: DeMarco Banter

“Success no longer goes to the country that develops a new fighting technology first, but rather to the one that better integrates it and adapts its way of fighting …Our response will be to prioritize speed of delivery, continuous adaptation, and frequent modular upgrades. We must not accept cumbersome approval chains, wasteful applications of resources …

A Multidimensional Leadership Philosophy–this time its personal: DeMarco Banter

Eudaimonia and the Solarium Leader:  Today’s leadership industry is loaded with advice, models, and theories on how to lead like a Navy SEAL, a Silicon Valley CEO, a rogue, a pirate, etc., yet it appears much of today’s leadership advice can be traced back to ancient philosophers.  The ideas of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Sun Tzu, …