Are you strange, or authentic? Why leaders need to be real.

The clip below has also been published by GiANT Worldwide Current leadership literature is rife with ink spilled on authenticity. This authenticity concept always brings certain questions to mind: First, do we really know who we are? Second, if we really knew ourselves, then why would we want to be anybody else? Third, have we slipped so far …

“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? U2 — Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For from Adam Fromm on Vimeo.   In the third chapter …

Nothing Changes on New Year’s Day…

It is probably just me...but ever since 1983--I seem to hear Bono's words...ever single New Year's Day...and does anything really change...on New Year's Day? "New Year's Day" is a song by rock band U2. It is on their 1983 album War and it was released as the album's lead single in January 1983. Written about the Polish Solidarity movement, "New Year's Day" is driven …

Don’t You (Forget About Me)… On being a leader… on being a parent… DeMarco Banter

Well, why should I remember you? I love that song.  “Don't You (Forget About Me)" is a 1985 song performed by the band Simple Minds.  The song is best known for being played during the opening and closing credits of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club. The song resonated among the Gen Xers of …

The Chain Reaction of the Non-Decision Decision…DeMarco Banter

Of ever increasing popularity in leadership circles is the non-decision decision.  You know what I am talking about.   You have seen it when a leader is confronted with a tough decision and he/she abdicates the decision by not making a choice. My good friend Geddy Lee is very fond of saying:  "If you choose …

Theme Song Leadership, What’s Yours? DeMarco Banter…

If Harvard's Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr., can offer a course in Leadership in Literature to the school’s MBA students--I propose there is value in the concept of leadership through theme songs.  In recent years, Badaracco has also led discussions about serious literary fiction with executives at Harvard's Business School.  Badaracco uses literature to provide his students with …