Do We Really Want a Mentor or Coach? Find Out With These 10 Questions: Neo-DeMarcoian Thought

There is a lot of talk about mentoring and coaching in the leadership world. I don’t think anyone can deny the power of a strong mentor—I know I am very fortunate to have mentors in my life still—even at what some might consider a somewhat advanced age. But there is something we all need to …

Podcast and Interview with Bright Insights: Bill DeMarco and Paul Bright on “K” is for Knowledge

Very cool to be on Paul Bright’s “Bright Insights” Podcast—thank you for the invite Paul—wonderful to talk with you. Click here: https://link.chtbl.com/Demarcopart1 iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/k-is-for-knowledge-part-1-with-bill-demarco/id1468714783?i=1000488364213 From Paul’s Show notes: I'm very excited to bring you part one of this discussion with retired Air Force Colonel Bill DeMarco, Chair of Air University's Leadership Department and forerunner of …

6048 hours of Vision, Mission, Direction, and Clarity: DeMarco Banter

I was speaking with a colleague the other day about leadership flaws…more specifically mine.  I struggle with patience (among other things), and was expressing that I have come to terms with the fact that it takes about nine months for a new leader’s vision to take hold in an organization. I really wish it could …

Have You Ever Seen The Rain? Or The Decline of Empire Part II: DeMarco Banter

Driving home the other day, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s epic tune “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” was on the radio and it got me thinking.  What is the song about?  Clearly it is the end of a happy time—but to what end?  A quick Google search reveals it is actually about John Fogerty’s brother Tom …

Ray Charles, Self-Leadership, Resilience, Preparedness, and Talent–DeMarco Banter

In 1946, the late, great, legendary Ray Charles heard "Lucky" Millinder’s band was coming to town. Charles worked miracles to arrange an audition, and he was sure this was his chance to get noticed--if he could connect and play with Millinder, that would almost guarantee a ticket to the big time. When his opportunity came, the …

Leading, Mentoring, Coaching, Comets, and Gravity–It’s so not about you. Neo-DeMarcoian Thoughts

In all the classes we teach here at ACSC on leadership—mentoring is always a topic that comes up.  In the past decade or so—there has been increased talk of “coaching” vs mentoring and honestly, it is an interesting conversation. I worry at times we get stuck in the minutiae and forget the big picture—what are …