Leadership Philosophy 101: Who Are You?… DeMarco Banter

An older piece I have been messing with for years... __________________________ Leadership Philosophy 101:  Who Are You? Every leader must have direction, a personal vision for where he or she is leading. You might refer to this as a leadership philosophy. Several of you might be thinking “I won’t lead a squadron, a group, or …

11 Reminders For Busy Leaders: Just Say NO To Status Quo: Neo-DeMarconian Memories

A short one this week--I found some old notes from our time in the UK.  I had these on my desk and just found it to be a great reminder--almost 9 years later.  I believe these were originally from  Terry Starbucker's site and I still like 'em Learn From History (So You Don’t Repeat It) …

#2020 Sucks—Leadership Philosophy and Thanksgiving–Neo DeMarcoian Thought

2020 has probably not been the year any of us were expecting. I think I recall even a bit of euphoria as 2019 ended—thinking about the wonders of a new decade. BUT now, it’s pretty safe to say no one entered 2020 expecting an impeachment, a pandemic, riots, murder hornets, earthquakes, fires, multiple hurricanes, record-setting …

This is Your Life… Are you who you want to be? AND the UFFE ELBAEK Model–DeMarco Banter

Another great song..."This Is Your Life."  It was 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 …

9 (+1) Leadership Lessons from the Greatest Generation: Principles from Joe Urice and the Bloody Hundredth

by Joe Urice and J. William DeMarco One of the greatest honors in commanding the 100th Operations Group was the building the ties with the WWII veterans of the 100th Bomb Group.  This is a brotherhood of warriors in its purest sense….warriors from very different times, very different wars, very different aircraft…but brothers in arms to …

Anna Karenina, Tolstoy, and the Interconnectiveness of Leadership: DeMarco Banter

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. - Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy With this dramatic sentence, Leo Tolstoy begins his famous novel Anna Karenina about the struggles of multiple, interconnected families to find happiness. Tolstoy weaves and dramatizes not only the interconnectiveness of their problems but also the interconnectiveness …