Nothing Changes on New Year’s Day…

It is probably just me...but ever since 1983--I seem to hear Bono's words...ever single New Year's Day...and does anything really change...on New Year's Day? "New Year's Day" is a song by rock band U2. It is on their 1983 album War and it was released as the album's lead single in January 1983. Written about the Polish Solidarity movement, "New Year's Day" is driven …

Machiavelli and Super-Wicked Innovation Problems in the DoD—NeoDeMarconian Thought.

“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, …

Doing Leadership or Being a Leader? …DeMarco Banter

As another class graduates the USAF's Officer Training School and we launch another round of officers into the breach of America's military--I know we are indeed training officers, but I wonder if we are really building leaders. Massive bureaucracies tend to only think of leadership in terms of action--as in...what can we measure?  What can …

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 …

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 …

“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 …