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,

Five Epiphanies

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 | By: Mike Donahue

On the first Saturday of each month, my subscription to the Wall Street Journal includes a supplement called Wall Street Journal Magazine. One of the features of this glossy publication is a section called “The Columnists” wherein the magazine invites six luminaries to weigh in on a single topic. Epiphanies was the topic for May and one of the six invited columnists was Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the book Eat,…

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Rafael Palmeiro Should Read Viktor Frankl

Monday, May 2nd, 2016 | By: Mike Donahue

I recently read this article about Rafael Palmeiro and it got me thinking about Viktor Frankl. Palmeiro was a major league baseball player. His career ended abruptly when he was suspended for taking performance-enhancing drugs. Frankl was a holocaust survivor who wrote Man’s Search for Meaning, a book the Library of Congress listed as “one of the 10 most influential books published in the United States.” Mr Palmeiro had a…

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Core Values, Intolerables and a Public Hanging

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 | By: Mike Donahue

I’ve been an executive coach for almost 15 years and one of the things that surprises me most about working with the leaders of small and midsized businesses is how reluctant many of them are to focus on the soft stuff. I’m referring to mission, vision and values, and the Stephen Covey quote proclaiming that, “The soft stuff is the hard stuff.” When it’s time to stand in front of their…

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