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,

Transition Lessons from Butler Basketball

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 | By: Mike Donahue

If you’re in one of my coaching peer groups or are an executive coaching client of mine, you know that my wife and I have been Butler season ticket holders for more than two decades. On July 3, Butler’s basketball coach, Brad Stevens resigned to take the head coaching job with the Boston Celtics. Stevens is regarded as one of the best coaches in the game today; many thought it…

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I’m not busy

Thursday, July 4th, 2013 | By: Mike Donahue

I listened to a voice mail from a guy last Monday who’s out of work. He’s networking and somebody told him he should meet me. His message said, “I hope you can take some time out of your busy schedule to meet with me for half an hour.” As I listened, I wondered if he actually thought I was busy or if that was just one of those perfunctory things…

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The Sentence

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 | By: Mike Donahue

Last weekend, I reread I column from the Wall Street Journal that I saved. Peggy Noonan wrote it in 2010. Normally, I’m not a fan of Ms. Noonan’s columns, but she struck a chord with this one. In it, she told the story of a conversation Clare Boothe Luce had with John F. Kennedy in 1962. She told him, “A great man is one sentence.” She meant that the impact…

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