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 …

The Three Philosophical Paradoxes of Second Leader Leadership…. or Two’s In! DeMarco Banter

Recently I was struggling with some…what I will call frustrations at work. I could not really put my finger on it, I have a great job, work with great people, and have a great boss. I spent some time pondering and praying over this frustrated state and through that--it dawned on me. I have spent …

The #1 Leadership Quality or What Clausewitz Told Me: DeMarco Banter

Leadership Strategy- in today's world of "leaders" it is often quickly set aside, disregarded, or viewed as antiquated.  Perhaps it is my own baggage that I carry, but without strategy how does a leader know where s/he is going or where the organization is headed?  That said, there is still something unseen in a true …

You Don’t Know The Power of The Dark Side and Horrible Bosses: DeMarco Banter

I've been doing some light reading this week...light reading usually means pointless reading in usual DeMarco Fashion...books like Death Star by Michael Reeves and Steve Perry (don't think it is the same Perry of Journey fame...but you never know). The book chronicles the building of the Death Star and career of Grand Moff Willhuff Tarkin. …

Servant Leader: Have you answered your call? DeMarco Banter

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less. -Andre Malraux serv·ant [sur-vuh nt] noun 1. a person employed by another, especially to perform domestic duties. 2. a person in the service of another. 3. a person employed by the government: a public servant. Origin: 1175–1225; Middle English < Old French, noun use of present …

Mistakes, Classmates, Risks, Leadership, and 5 Questions: DeMarco Banter

One of the greatest things about the work I do is having the opportunity to speak with young leaders. If you have ever stood on a stage and asked a group such as this for questions, it usually starts with silence until the first student gets up the nerve, and then the questions usually just …