Walking through Cambridge: The Pink Floyd Sound—Us and Them and Losing One’s Sanity—DeMarco Banter

I consider myself fortunate—twice a year I get to return to the town of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.  Walking the streets in Cambridge is always a treat and there is nothing better than grabbing a cappuccino at Nero’s Coffee right across the street from King’s College and just pondering all the historical figures that …

Machiavellian Leadership and Knowing Yourself to Lead Yourself: DeMarco Banter

I’ve been spending the last few years reading some of the classic philosophers.  One I keep coming back to is Machiavelli. Over the next few weeks we will dive into the works of Machiavelli from a DeMarconian angle. We all know—context matters. Given the context of Machiavelli’s writings—is it possible he is a bit misunderstood? …

The Leadership Power of the Seven “Cs”: DeMarco Banter

For some strange reason, the letter “C” offers the solution to so many problems.  A good while ago, we wrote a piece on solving the issues of crisis, complexity, and confusion through communication, collaboration, and creative thinking.  “C” also offers concepts in leadership as well. There is this unhealthy cycle that can develop in leaders …

Jim Morrison and Undergraduate Pilot Training–Riders on the Storm or Ghost Riders

January 1989 I arrived at Reese AFB in Lubbock, TX to report for Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT).  Traditions run deep in pilot training, and one is the designing of the class patch.  I have always enjoyed doodling so I volunteered to draft the patch—another tradition or superstition is the officer that designs the patch usually …

“The House of the Rising Sun” recorded in 1934….really?

Like many classic folk ballads, the authorship of "The House of the Rising Sun" is uncertain. Musicologists say that it is based on the tradition of broadside ballads such as the Unfortunate Rake of the 18th century and that English emigrants took the song to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans …