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 …

Empire, Leadership Development, Innovation, Creativity, Warfare and DeMarco Banter

Empire, leadership development, innovation, creativity, and warfare. Maybe I worry about it too much, but when we look at the history of the world it seems the decline of empire is usually due to a decline in leadership and leadership development. Perhaps a decline in the strong advocacy of stellar leadership and bold ideas and …