Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency: Volume II—The Contingency Response Group (CRG) Chapter: Neo-DeMarconian Thought

It was an honor to be asked to have a paper I penned almost 15 years ago to be included in a new volume published by Air University Press and edited by Shannon Caudill. The book examines both the art and science of one of the most important aspects of Air Force military operations . …

Bootleg Innovation in the Military–or what happens when Punk Rock goes Mainstream

The massive military bureaucracy is daunting to any junior or mid level solider, marine, airman, sailor dare we say—any person working in a bureaucracy—giving way to an entirely different form of innovation.  If an Airman on a flight-line has a problem or a solider in field finds or discovers a new tool—it can take years …

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 …

TOXIC WORKPLACES: TOXIC FOLLOWERS Another DeMarco Podcast w/USAF Chaplain Corps

Another opportunity to talk with my NOW great friends at the USAF's Chaplain College--LtCol Matt Boarts and MSgt Kevin Dilley--these guys are amazing---highly recommend their podcast.  They have built this effort on the backs of their amazing ideas and a true passion for building better leaders--This episode focuses on toxic followers.  We hear a lot …

Who is Baba O’Riley and where is Teenage Wasteland?

By J. William DeMarco Sitting in the all too warm classroom….staring at the clock…wondering if sixth period English was ever going to end…glancing to my left… I notice Scott's Pee Chee folder with 6000 doodles on it…and a massive Union Jack labeled Teenage Wasteland in thick black Sharpie. A great song to be sure… but in …

Machiavelli for the Leader/Commander—The Paradox: Neo-DeMarcoian Thought

For years it seems Niccolò Machiavelli had gotten a bad rap—he’s really all about paradoxical leadership—the good, the bad, and the various seasons a leader’s finds himself/herself in.  Consider this—Machiavellianism is defined as the political theory of Niccolò Machiavelli, especially the view that any means can be used if it is necessary to maintain power.  Is …

Leading in Permanent Beta: The Leadership Podcast with Jim, Jan and Bill

A great opportunity to spend time with two of our LEDx2.0 superstars Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos talking leadership philosophy and permanent beta. Please see the show notes below and the links to the podcast venue of your choice.  Thanks for listening. _______________________ Professor Bill DeMarco (Retired Air Force Colonel) holds 3 Masters degrees, and holds fellowships …

NT3: No Time to Think: by J. William DeMarco

NT3:  No Time to Think  No time to choose when the truth must die No time to lose or say goodbye No time to prepare for the victim that's there No time to suffer or blink And there’s no time to think.                                                    -Bob Dylan Perhaps we should all have an ever so slight …