The Hedgehog and the Fox: Isaiah Berlin and The Dualism of Leadership—DeMarco Banter

For years I have struggled with the notion of what makes a better leader—one who is a master of a skill or one who is more of a generalist.  Interesting, in the military, we expect our junior leaders to be masters of their skill and then as leaders gain in seniority—they are expected to be …

Picasso, The Creative, Passion, and School—How to Remain an Artist: Neo-DeMarcoian Thought

A version of this post can also be found at The University of Cambridge's Centre of Social Innovation Blog Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. - Pablo Picasso Every morning I pore over quotes and post a few to twitter. Why? For some strange …

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 …

Mastermind Century Group Suggested Reading List 2020 (Updated)

Eight years ago I crafted a recommended reading list for the Mastermind Century Group—it is something I intended to update, yet there always seemed to be something else to write about.  As I look back at the list there are several books that are “keepers” and  others that have not had the staying power I …

Can Aristotle Teach Us About Leadership? Neo-DeMarcoian Thought

This year we spent a good bit of time focusing on ethics in our Leader Development course at ACSC.  I am not sure if readers are familiar with the Cardinal Virtues--Plato identified the four cardinal virtues in The Republic. Plato narrates a discussion--a metaphor of sorts--of the character of a good city where the following …