Existentialism Leadership, Innovation, and Strategy: Neo-DeMarcoian Banter

I’ve studied the Existentialists for years now and I continue pondering how to apply some of the lessons of these philosophers to today.  So much of what they studied, wrote, and believed are a bit shocking, but as leaders we need avoid the preverbal tossing the baby with the bathwater.  What can today’s leaders, innovators, …

What Can the Rock Music Industry Teach the US Military About Innovation?  “Walk This Way.”

“It’s not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change.” - Miles Davis Many people probably do not initially see the parallels between the rock industry and the American military, and in fact, one might think they have been at odds with each other for …

Risk Takers and Ants Marching–The Key to Innovation

There is a great deal of conversation around the concept of bold and innovative leaders as of late.  To be truly bold and innovative requires a leader to take risk, and risk requires courage.  So, how brave are you?  How brave is your organization?  Will it tolerate risk?  Will it tolerate our potential failure?  This is …

Machiavellian Leadership and Knowing Yourself to Lead Yourself: DeMarco Banter

I’ve been spending the last few years reading some of the classic philosophers.  One I keep coming back to is Machiavelli. Over the next few weeks we will dive into the works of Machiavelli from a DeMarconian angle. We all know—context matters. Given the context of Machiavelli’s writings—is it possible he is a bit misunderstood? …