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 …

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) …