Effective vs Good and The Contrarian Leader: DeMarco Banter

Many people confuse good leadership with effective leadership, but a contrarian leader knows there is a huge difference between the two. Hitler was an extraordinarily effective leader, but few would refer to him a good leader. I came across some interesting thoughts on good vs. effective leadership and moral codes as I read through The …

The Forgotten Strategist—please come back, the world misses you. neoDemarconian Thought

“Whatever a man directs, if he knows what he wants and can get it, he will be a good director, whether he directs a chorus, an estate, a city or an army.” -Socrates (Xenophon - Memoirs of Socrates) One of the essential keys to leadership is strategy.  Great leaders MUST be strategists first.  This is …

Three Things Organizations and Individuals Need to Thrive: DeMarco Banter

Recently I was listening to a podcast where a speaker mentioned the three "M"s:  Mastery, Membership, and Meaning.  The problem is... I listen to way too many podcast and I can't recall where it came from.  Of course I found several web pages devoted to the three, and in some cases four, "M"s--don't recall where …

1984

“A nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting - three hundred million people all with the same face.”  - George Orwell - 1984    Could just be me (a lot of times...it is) but don't we need …

Crawfish, Crawdads, Mudbugs, Yabbies… or Achievement over Affirmation

If we want to make an impact during our lifetime, we have to trade the praise we could receive from others for the things of value that we CAN accomplish... When I was younger we would spend summers up at Lake Tahoe. One adventure was catching crawfish. Let's see if this illustration works... we would …

Happy Life Philosophy from a unique 50lbs 16 year old–Smashing the Status Quo.

What’s a legacy? A legacy is anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor.  Do you ever ponder your legacy? If so, here’s one to ponder: Sam Berns (23 Oct 1996–10 Jan 2014) a boy who suffered from progeria.   Progeria is a progressive genetic disorder that causes children to age rapidly.  As we all would imagine, it might be tough to have a …