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,

Think You’re Talented? Who Knows Best?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016 | By: Mike Donahue

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries is the executive coach I admire most. He’s a highly successful executive coach and a really smart guy. In addition to having an MBA and DBA from Harvard, he’s a certified psychoanalyst and the Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change at INSEAD, the international business school in Fontainebleau, France. He’s also founder of INSEAD’s Global Leadership Centre. One of his interests…

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A Leadership Guru Talks About the Value of Peer Group Coaching

Monday, February 8th, 2016 | By: Mike Donahue

“A Japanese Zen master during the Meiji era received a visitor who came to inquire about Zen. The Zen master served his guest tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, but then kept on pouring. His visitor watched the overflow with alarm until he could no longer control himself. “The cup is overfull. No more can go in it!” he cried out. “Like this cup,” the Zen master replied, “you…

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Don’t Be One of These Guys – Part 2

Monday, December 7th, 2015 | By: Mike Donahue

My last blog generated suggestions of other unproductive characters found in the work force. Here are three more examples. Dick. His name was Dick but he wasn’t one; he just looked the part. He was a terrible dresser, a Full Cleveland swathed in polyester, distracting people from noticing his 1950s hairstyle. On casual Friday, he wore his shirt open to the third button, drawing attention to a big ankh on…

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