Wondering Where The Lions Are: Strategy, Eisenhower, and The Peace of Solarium

DeM Banter:  As mentioned in the ABSTRACT POST, and Chapter 1: in 2007-08 I was fortunate enough to serve as a National Security Affairs Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  An outstanding year spent with some of the foremost personalities in National Security on both the Right and the Left sides of the aisle.  While there …

The Forgotten Strategist—please come back, the world misses you. neoDemarconian Thought

“Whatever a man directs, if he knows what he wants and can get it, he will be a good director, whether he directs a chorus, an estate, a city or an army.” -Socrates (Xenophon - Memoirs of Socrates) One of the essential keys to leadership is strategy.  Great leaders MUST be strategists first.  This is …

Want to change the world?  Look For The Innovators 

“Why are we okay that management hasn’t seen innovation in a 100…years, but we demand innovation in every other aspect of our lives?” Jamie Notter Stalled!  As we glance around the globe, things sure look rough.  There seems to be an interesting rise in international tension--who's at fault?  The list is long and tilts left …

The Paradox, The Unforgettable Fire, and Rogue Leaders–DeMarco Banter (Can you Institutionalize Leadership Development?)

Institutionalizing leadership development has been a topic that has taken up a great deal of RAM this past week. There is no doubt that leadership development is at the heart of a leader’s responsibility, but can we honestly institutionalize it?  Is it a paradox or a paradoxical situation? The Power of the Paradox In George …

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 …

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 …

May the Best Ideas Win: By J. William DeMarco

Eisenhower took office at a time of wars both cold and hot. One of his first actions was a complete rethinking of foreign policy.  Can we learn from Ike’s example? By J. William DeMarco.  Link to published article in Stanford's Hoover Digest:  http://www.hoover.org/publications/hoover-digest/article/5776 Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft. —Winston …