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 …

Leader Development…or… Today’s Tom Sawyer…DeMarco Banter

"[The] original lyrics were kind of a portrait of a modern day rebel, a free-spirited individualist striding through the world wide-eyed and purposeful. I added the themes of reconciling the boy and man in myself, and the difference between what people are and what others perceive them to be - namely me I guess." -Neil …

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: …

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 …

1984

“A nation of warriors and fanatics, marching forward in perfect unity, all thinking the same thoughts and shouting the same slogans, perpetually working, fighting, triumphing, persecuting - three hundred million people all with the same face.”  - George Orwell - 1984    Could just be me (a lot of times...it is) but don't we need …