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 …

Enlightened by Starbucks? Good Ideas and 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 …

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, …

Airmen to be evaluated on how they create positive work environment By Tom Roeder

DeM Banter:  I have been out of the office for a bit... but I did see the CSAF's email.  So we are looking to update our Performance Report system to grade "dignity and respect?"  Let me guess... it will be a Pass or Fail... and everyone will pass.  If you don't --it will nuke your career …