Resonance and Dissonance…and the sounds of leadership– DeMarco Banter

Think for a moment about a great leader you knew…or maybe know…how did he/she make you feel? Great leaders lead emotionally.  Leadership is not only intellectual; it is also emotional…great leaders ARE inspiring! Great leaders build people up…stoke their passions…and rouse their emotions…Relooking at Daniel Goleman's book Primal Leadership as we prepare a few projects at …

Leader Development…or… Today’s Tom Sawyer…DeMarco Banter

"[The] original lyrics were kind of a portrait of a modern day rebel, a free-spirited individualist striding through the world wide-eyed and purposeful. I added the themes of reconciling the boy and man in myself, and the difference between what people are and what others perceive them to be - namely me I guess." -Neil …

Samson, Proverbs, and the Jedi—Potential vs. Kinetic Leadership: neoDeMarconian Thought

Several years ago Max (our then, nine year old) asked me to define potential vs kinetic energy.  I did my best, but in Max’s eyes my definition fell short of his very much by the book definition. As I pondered my scientific failure, I realized that is true leadership.  As a leader and a mentor …

Be That Hero—Heroic Leadership and DeMarco Banter

An updated version of this post can be found published with GiANT Worldwide as well. ________________________________________________________ “Now is not a time for sadness and despair, but a time for heroes, champions, in great deeds” -anonymous   We talk about heroes, and we all have certain images come to mind.  It might be an image of …

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 …

A Simple Stoic Leader Philosophy We Can All Utilize—DeMarco Banter

or...Leadership Philosophy 201/We don’t need no stinkin’ philosophy—do we? Leadership Philosophy 101 was penned as part of a course I was teaching on leadership and command.  The piece has generated a great deal of discussion—both pro and con. Many of us have a desire to lead, some of us enjoy pondering leadership, and others assume …