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 …

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 …

This is Your Life… Are you who you want to be? DeMarco Banter

Another great song..."This Is Your Life."  It is a popular song by the alternative rock/Christian band Switchfoot, and their third single. "This Is Your Life" first appeared on the group's 2003 album The Beautiful Letdown and peaked at #30 on the US Modern Rock charts. The single also hit the U.S. Top 40 peaking at No. 31 ...but as I …

Needing What You Want and Wanting What You Need or I’ll Never Be As Cool as Mick Jagger: DeMarco Banter

 “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get”  ― W.P. Kinsella Cant think of a time I didn't absolutely love "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones It is interesting that the song has taken on a myriad of meanings as I have gone through chapters in life and …