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 …

Wisdom and Affirmation….DeMarco Banter

I can't recall where I first heard the question...but it has haunted me for quite some time now.  "Where do you get your wisdom and affirmation?" wis·dom [wiz-duh m] noun 1.The quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment asto action; sagacity, discernment, or insight. af·fir·ma·tion [af-er-mey-shuh n] noun 1. the act or an instance of affirming; state of being affirmed. 2. the assertion that something exists or is true. 3. something that is affirmed; a statement or proposition that is declared to be true. 4. confirmation or ratification of the truth or validity of a prior judgment, decision, etc. It seems this is a question one should be readily able to answer. I have asked several leaders that I …

It’s the Strategy, Stupid…or How Did I Get Here? DeMarco Banter…

I'm sure all the "old" folks out there recall the phrase "It's the economy, stupid." In the realm of leadership... we might look at this infamous phase in a deeper and slightly new light.  While on a U.S. National Level.... it appears to still be about the economy... but on a an even greater-- more macro …

Meeting the Future Before It Gets Here…a plea for today’s leaders… DeMarco Banter

"It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed." - Harvey Firestone Recently, the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, General Mark Welsh, noted: "Now more than any time in its history, the United States Air Force requires Airmen who are educated, trained, and empowered to challenge the status quo." …

Loyalty: DeMarco Banter

"The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty."  -Zig Ziglar "Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence."  -Colin Powell Is loyalty important? Loyalty is faithfulness or a devotion to a person, country, group, or cause. (Philosophers disagree as to what things one …

This is Your Life… Are you who you want to be? DeMarco Banter

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

Lead, Follow, or See Ya–Bye! –DeMarco Banter

This morning I woke up pondering…why aren't there more dynamic leaders out there?  Why is there so much leadership literature on the market and internet, but it does not seem to change anything?  Why are all these leadership consultants with seemingly little to no true leadership experience making money?  Innovation, Creative Leadership, Strengths, Emotional Intelligence--why? Read …