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 …

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 …

America the Audacious, George Washington, and The Sunset Grill Syndrome: DeMarco Banter

Listening to some Don Henley this morning...Sunset Grill--a couple things jumped to mind.  The song references Sunset Grill, a hamburger restaurant at 7439 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California  But as much as there is nothing better than a good burger... this is about leadership... and the last stanza of the song struck me as …

7 Qualities of a Linchpin on the Road Less Traveled: DeMarco Banter

Traveling and speaking with many young leaders…as I have been fortunate enough to do as of late--I often get the question…how to I become a leader? How do you answer that in a short Q & A forum?… Linchpin by Seth Godin is a book I fall back to many times. Simple…become indispensable! “You are …

May the Best Ideas Win: By J. William DeMarco

Eisenhower took office at a time of wars both cold and hot. One of his first actions was a complete rethinking of foreign policy.  Can we learn from Ike’s example? By J. William DeMarco.  Link to published article in Stanford's Hoover Digest:  http://www.hoover.org/publications/hoover-digest/article/5776 Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft. —Winston …

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”—DeMarco Banter

I Still Haven't Found What I’m Looking For... What a strange dichotomy… What a strange paradox…to have found Christ, but not what you are looking for. A searching spirituality? A succinct theology? Or, a vulnerable integrity? https://youtu.be/e3-5YC_oHjE U2 — Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For from Adam Fromm on Vimeo.   In the third …