Strategoi, Socrates, Xenophon, and the Shape of Strategic Leaders: DeMarco Banter

As usual... I have about 5 books open at any one time trying to merge data together into some sort of coherent theory--it is like painting a picture. One thought that struck me was- how would I explain to leaders how to transition from one position to another? Harkening back to an earlier post on …

A Dystopian’s take on the Book of Judges and Judge Dread? DeMarco Banter

“America is an irradiated wasteland. Within it lies a city. Outside the boundary walls, a desert. A cursed earth. Inside the walls, a cursed city, stretching from Boston to Washington D.C. An unbroken concrete landscape. 800 million people living in the ruin of the old world and the mega structures of the new one. Mega …

Innovation and a Culture Of Conformity: DeMarco Banter

“Success no longer goes to the country that develops a new fighting technology first, but rather to the one that better integrates it and adapts its way of fighting …Our response will be to prioritize speed of delivery, continuous adaptation, and frequent modular upgrades. We must not accept cumbersome approval chains, wasteful applications of resources …

Shine On You Crazy Diamond—How To Get a Diamond To Shine: DeMarco Banter

Come on you raver, you seer of visions, come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine! -Pink Floyd Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperature and pressure at depths of 87 to 118 miles in the Earth's mantle. Diamonds are made to shine using grit. All gems are cut and polished by progressive …

America the Audacious, George Washington, and The Sunset Grill Syndrome: DeMarco Banter

Listening to some Don Henley this morning...Sunset Grill--a couple things jumped to mind.  The song references Sunset Grill, a hamburger restaurant at 7439 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California  But as much as there is nothing better than a good burger... this is about leadership... and the last stanza of the song struck me as …

7 Qualities of a Linchpin on the Road Less Traveled: DeMarco Banter

Traveling and speaking with many young leaders…as I have been fortunate enough to do as of late--I often get the question…how to I become a leader? How do you answer that in a short Q & A forum?… Linchpin by Seth Godin is a book I fall back to many times. Simple…become indispensable! “You are …

“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”—DeMarco Banter

I Still Haven't Found What I’m Looking For... What a strange dichotomy… What a strange paradox…to have found Christ, but not what you are looking for. A searching spirituality? A succinct theology? Or, a vulnerable integrity? https://youtu.be/e3-5YC_oHjE U2 — Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For from Adam Fromm on Vimeo.   In the third …