Effective vs Good and The Contrarian Leader: DeMarco Banter

Many people confuse good leadership with effective leadership, but a contrarian leader knows there is a huge difference between the two. Hitler was an extraordinarily effective leader, but few would refer to him a good leader. I came across some interesting thoughts on good vs. effective leadership and moral codes as I read through The …

Leading, Mentoring, Coaching, Comets, and Gravity–It’s so not about you. Neo-DeMarcoian Thoughts

In all the classes we teach here at ACSC on leadership—mentoring is always a topic that comes up.  In the past decade or so—there has been increased talk of “coaching” vs mentoring and honestly, it is an interesting conversation. I worry at times we get stuck in the minutiae and forget the big picture—what are …

Where is My Muse or 5 Steps to Helping a Muse Find You–DeMarco Banter

By J. William DeMarco I am sure there are others out there like me... maybe? Writers with a million notes and thoughts scattered between computers..in word, pages, Evernote, iPads, iPhones, and when there is finally time to sit down and ponder which ideas to pull on... you start looking for your muse. Sometimes it shows …

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 …

David or Goliath—Choose Wisely and Don’t Forget Your Roots: DeMarco Banter

I have always been a huge Malcolm Gladwell fan.  Sure I have read the cons of his books, but if a book gets you to STOP and think, it would seem that author has indeed done the reader a great service.  Malcolm spoke at Catalyst East this year on his new book David and Goliath: …

Samson, Proverbs, and the Jedi—Potential vs. Kinetic Leadership: neoDeMarconian Thought

Several years ago Max (our then, nine year old) asked me to define potential vs kinetic energy.  I did my best, but in Max’s eyes my definition fell short of his very much by the book definition. As I pondered my scientific failure, I realized that is true leadership.  As a leader and a mentor …