SEVEN! The Contrarian Traits Required of the Greater Good Leader

By J. William DeMarco John Maxwell notes… "leadership is influence."  In order to influence, we all need relationships, as such leadership is hugely relational.  I could be way off base on this but this has been my observation through a myriad of leadership positions.  Do I have it right, no…I'm just trying to get better. …

Innovation with The Byrds:  Eight Miles High, IDEO and David Kelley—neo-DeMarcoian Banter

The Byrds were an iconic band when I was growing up, although they were well before my time, the music is in a sense timeless. The song Eight Miles High was always one where there seemed there was this confluence of a million things all happening at once and as I did some “research” I …

Leaders and ancient Greek philosophers: Role Models for 2019

Years ago I came across an article addressing how people have used ancient Greek and Roman philosophies to help them live their lives better. They all used philosophy to help in achieving "eudaimonia", by which the Greeks meant "flourishing" or "the good life".  Never being one to leave anything alone--I have modified the seven techniques, …

The Four Disciplines of Organizational Health

Patrick Lencioni believes that the single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health. Unfortunately most leaders prefer to deal with the data-driven world of organizational intelligence. The problem is, without good organizational health, organizational intelligence is attenuated. In The Advantage, Lencioni explains that “an organization is healthy when it’s whole, consistent and complete, …

Machiavelli and Super-Wicked Innovation Problems in the DoD—NeoDeMarconian Thought.

“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, …

Doing Leadership or Being a Leader? …DeMarco Banter

As another class graduates the USAF's Officer Training School and we launch another round of officers into the breach of America's military--I know we are indeed training officers, but I wonder if we are really building leaders. Massive bureaucracies tend to only think of leadership in terms of action--as in...what can we measure?  What can …

Walking through Cambridge: The Pink Floyd Sound—Us and Them and Losing One’s Sanity—DeMarco Banter

I consider myself fortunate—twice a year I get to return to the town of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.  Walking the streets in Cambridge is always a treat and there is nothing better than grabbing a cappuccino at Nero’s Coffee right across the street from King’s College and just pondering all the historical figures that …

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? …