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 …

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 …

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 …