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, …

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 …

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 …

‘Iron Man’-style suit in early stages of development By Army News Service

DeM Banter:  Maybe we need a Tony Stark right about now...???  Not sure he comes with the suit..... http://www.defencetalk.com / View Original / October 21st, 2013 U.S. Special Operations Command wants its operators to be protected with what it informally calls an Iron Man suit, named after the fictional superhero. In September, U.S. Special Operations Command, known as SOCOM, made …

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 …

Pat Conroy’s eulogy to Lt. Col. Thomas “The Boo” Nugent Courvoisie & one question

DeM Banter: Reading through Pat Conroy's "My Losing Season," great book....but listening to Mr Conroy talk about "The Boo" made me re-read the eulogy from the Colonel's funeral...if you ever wonder..."did I live a life that mattered?" Col Courvoisie did...the world is indeed a slightly lesser place when I ponder the loss of Col Courvoisie …

The American Boy by Theodore Roosevelt (and the Art of Manliness)

DeM Banter: The Art of Manliness, a stellar blog that has grown into books, a storefront and beyond. I started reading the blog years ago....and introduced Luke to it. As the years go on, Luke asked me if I had continued to read....and I had to admit it slipped from my "crosscheck." Well, it's back... …