Three Things Organizations and Individuals Need to Thrive: DeMarco Banter

Recently I was listening to a podcast where a speaker mentioned the three "M"s:  Mastery, Membership, and Meaning.  The problem is... I listen to way too many podcast and I can't recall where it came from.  Of course I found several web pages devoted to the three, and in some cases four, "M"s--don't recall where …

A Simple Stoic Leader Philosophy We Can All Utilize—DeMarco Banter

or...Leadership Philosophy 201/We don’t need no stinkin’ philosophy—do we? Leadership Philosophy 101 was penned as part of a course I was teaching on leadership and command.  The piece has generated a great deal of discussion—both pro and con. Many of us have a desire to lead, some of us enjoy pondering leadership, and others assume …

The Four Leader Types…and Give ’em Hell Harry…DeMarco Banter

Just log onto any news site or turn on any 24/7 news feed--where are the true leaders? Several years ago I set foot on a massive aircraft carrier-the USS Harry S. Truman.  On this behemoth, there's a room dedicate to President Truman with a replica of the famous sign the POTUS famously had on his …

The Hedgehog and the Fox: Isaiah Berlin and The Dualism of Leadership—DeMarco Banter

For years I have struggled with the notion of what makes a better leader—one who is a master of a skill or one who is more of a generalist.  Interesting, in the military, we expect our junior leaders to be masters of their skill and then as leaders gain in seniority—they are expected to be …

Picasso, The Creative, Passion, and School—How to Remain an Artist: Neo-DeMarcoian Thought

A version of this post can also be found at The University of Cambridge's Centre of Social Innovation Blog Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. - Pablo Picasso Every morning I pore over quotes and post a few to twitter. Why? For some strange …

Machiavelli and Super-Wicked Innovation Problems in the DoD—NeoDeMarconian Thought.

“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, …

Synchronicity, Jung, Yeats, and Sting—DeMarco Banter

My bet—anyone growing up in the 1980s has a story involving The Police Album Synchronicity.  I remember Synchronicity from senior year at Serra High School.  The album had staying power then and it continues today.  Rolling Stone ranked Synchronicity  #159 of the 500 top albums of all time in 2020.  Jumping into the way back …

The Four Disciplines of Organizational Health

Patrick Lencioni believes that the single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health. Unfortunately most leaders prefer to deal with the data-driven world of organizational intelligence. The problem is, without good organizational health, organizational intelligence is attenuated. In The Advantage, Lencioni explains that “an organization is healthy when it’s whole, consistent and complete, …

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 …