Welcome to my blog.

I use it to think out loud about things I find interesting. The topics I blog about typically fall into one of five categories:

  • Newsmakers: The people, events and issues currently making news.
  • Big Ideas and Big Thinkers: This is where I comment on the idea of people I admire who, to quote Daniel Burnham, make no small plans.
  • Leadership Lessons: I’m a student of leadership and this is where I talk about a variety of leadership topics.
  • Sports: I don’t comment on sports so much as I discuss things leaders can learn from the world of sports.
  • Mike’s Musings: This section is reserved for stuff, anything I find interesting can find a home here.

I want my blogs to be thought provoking and (sometimes) humorous. If anything I’ve written gets your attention and you’d like to comment; I’d love to hear from you.

All the best,

Wimpy Behavior

Monday, August 4th, 2014 | By: Mike Donahue

I’ve referenced Lee Thayer in a blog at least once a month since last winter and this blog will keep the string intact for another month. Few people can write about leadership and make me squirm like Dr. Thayer can. This blog is all about what he calls the “Five Drivers of Wimpy Behavior.” I pulled these thoughts from Chapter 7 of the revised edition of his book Leadership: Thinking,…

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Saluting Nevil Shute

Monday, July 28th, 2014 | By: Mike Donahue

I just read “Kindling,” my favorite novel by Nevil Shute. I first learned about the author in 2007, when I heard Herbert Meyer speak. He recommended Shute’s 1938 book “Kindling” and called it “a book every teacher should read.” This 76 year old book contains important lessons for leaders. “Kindling” tells the story of one man who reverses the fortunes of a fictional shipbuilding town in depression-era England. It contrasts…

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Six Quotes for Leaders to Ponder

Monday, July 14th, 2014 | By: Mike Donahue

I collect stuff. I have a hard drive full of articles, poems, quotes and pithy comments made by the famous and not so famous. Most come from books I’ve read and speakers who have addressed my leadership groups over the years. Over the July 4 holiday weekend, I went through my collection of quotes. I was pleasantly surprised at how often I refer to them in my executive coaching sessions…

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