Enlightened by Starbucks? Good Ideas and Good Coffee…DeMarco Banter

It's a fascinating thing...something I have personally pondered from a long time... the thought that birthed Disruptive Thinking, Microclimates, and Leadership for Strategic Change. Did the coffeehouses in 17th century England lead to an acceleration in innovation and unusual levels of creativity? English coffeehouses in the 17th and 18th centuries were public social houses where people would meet for …

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 …

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 …

Leadership and the Philosopher: A neo-DeMarconian Thought

“For I believe a good king is from the outset and by necessity a philosopher, and the philosopher is from the outset a kingly person.” —MUSONIUS RUFUS, LECTURES, 8.33.32–34 Should a leader be a philosopher? According to Plato, a philosopher king is a leader who possesses both a love of knowledge, as well as intelligence, reliability, and a …

Are you strange, or authentic? Why leaders need to be real.

The clip below has also been published by GiANT Worldwide Current leadership literature is rife with ink spilled on authenticity. This authenticity concept always brings certain questions to mind: First, do we really know who we are? Second, if we really knew ourselves, then why would we want to be anybody else? Third, have we slipped so far …

David Bowie’s 75 Must-Read Books by Maria Popova

DeM Banter:  Always a big fan of reading lists...and a big Bowie fan...so this is pretty cool. View Original  From poetry to history to theory of mind, with plenty of fiction and a few magazines for good measure. Creativity is a combinatorial force — it rests on our ability to fuse, usuallyunconsciously, existing concepts, memories, bits of information, …