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? …

The Leadership Power of the Seven “Cs”: DeMarco Banter

For some strange reason, the letter “C” offers the solution to so many problems.  A good while ago, we wrote a piece on solving the issues of crisis, complexity, and confusion through communication, collaboration, and creative thinking.  “C” also offers concepts in leadership as well. There is this unhealthy cycle that can develop in leaders …

Empire, Leadership Development, Innovation, Creativity, Warfare and DeMarco Banter

Empire, leadership development, innovation, creativity, and warfare. Maybe I worry about it too much, but when we look at the history of the world it seems the decline of empire is usually due to a decline in leadership and leadership development. Perhaps a decline in the strong advocacy of stellar leadership and bold ideas and …

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 …

Delegation…What is it good for? Absolutely everything: DeMarco Banter

Delegation (or passing down) is the partnership of authority and responsibility to another person (normally from a manager to a subordinate) to carry out specific activities. It is one of the core concepts of leadership. However the person who delegated the work remains accountable for the outcome of the delegated work. Delegation empowers a subordinate …