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,

Don’t Be One of These Guys

Monday, November 23rd, 2015 | By: Mike Donahue

I was in Chicago last weekend for a reunion with four dear friends I worked with decades ago. I can’t remember the last time the five of us were together, but as soon as we sat down for dinner, the years melted away. We retold dozens of old stories and laughed until our faces hurt. Naturally, we dished about old times and old colleagues and in those conversations, I found…

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What’s an Accountability Partner and Who Needs One?

Monday, November 9th, 2015 | By: Mike Donahue

This past summer, I met a smart, talented young woman with a strong motivation to improve as a leader. She works for a company that has invested in an ongoing, formal training program. She told me that she was pleased with the program and yet struggled to keep what she learned top of mind and put it into practice without a coach to push her and hold her accountable. I…

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The Home Office – Unintended But Positive Consequences

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 | By: Mike Donahue

This month is my company’s 20th anniversary. I took the leap and started Newgrange Consulting in October of 1995. I had high aspirations for what I could do and what I would become as I incorporated, set up my home office and learned to use QuickBooks. Over the years, there have also been some pleasant and unanticipated benefits that accrue to people who have joined the world of single shingles,…

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