Ray Charles, Self-Leadership, Resilience, Preparedness, and Talent–DeMarco Banter

In 1946, the late, great, legendary Ray Charles heard "Lucky" Millinder’s band was coming to town. Charles worked miracles to arrange an audition, and he was sure this was his chance to get noticed--if he could connect and play with Millinder, that would almost guarantee a ticket to the big time. When his opportunity came, the …

Neil: Talk to me…. Long May You Run? DeMarco Banter

Wow… who does not love this song? It peaked at #71 on the UK singles chart, and was an elegy for Neil Young's first car, a 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse. This was apparently a different hearse than the one Stills spotted Young driving around Los Angeles in 1966 which led to the formation of Buffalo Springfield.   Neil's beloved Pontiac hearse, "Mort" (a.k.a. "Mortimer …

Leading, Mentoring, Coaching, Comets, and Gravity–It’s so not about you. Neo-DeMarcoian Thoughts

In all the classes we teach here at ACSC on leadership—mentoring is always a topic that comes up.  In the past decade or so—there has been increased talk of “coaching” vs mentoring and honestly, it is an interesting conversation. I worry at times we get stuck in the minutiae and forget the big picture—what are …

A Contrarian’s Thoughts on Listening–DeMarco Banter

Most people think they are good listeners; most people are wrong.  I have been spending time reviewing some of my favorite leadership books and came across The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership by Steven B. Sample...and I know listening is something I need to get much better at. According to Sample...A contrarian leader is an artful …

Podcast: Leaders—Humble, Hungry, Heroes with a Heart—convo with People Catalysts’ Karla Nelson

Great conversation with Karla Nelson at People Catalysts—who believe it is not just the people. It’s their chemistry—of course we at The Mastermind Century Group could not agree more. Karla and her team have a great assessment (Movers, Shakers, Provers and Makers) to help assist in getting a deeper understanding of your leadership vehemently—check it …