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,

Dumb Meeting Quotes

Thursday, April 18th, 2013 | By: Mike Donahue

When I had a real job, one of my hobbies was capturing the astounding things people said in meetings. It’s what I did to amuse myself. Here’s the list: “Who should I carbonize on this memo?” “If I could make a comment on that, I’d like to make one point about that other point he had, and then I’ll say my say.” “I don’t want to get dragged into a…

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Leadership Lessons: Head, Heart or Groin

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 | By: Mike Donahue

One of my favorite leadership speakers is Michael Allosso. Michael is an actor, director and public speaker who has addressed more than 500 leadership and business peer groups. The title of his talk is “You on Your Best Day.” The goal of Michael’s talk is to make us better communicators. One of the things he shares is that actors play roles from the head, heart or groin. As leaders, we…

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