Posts Tagged: leadership books

What Makes You Flinch?

Monday, March 16th, 2015 | By: Mike Donahue

As an executive coach, I’m hired to help my clients see what they’re overlooking, ignoring or refusing to acknowledge. Consequently, I’m always on the lookout for new tools—questions, stories, assessments and exercises to help me accomplish my mission. Apparently, the need to do this well is deeply rooted in how I am wired. Years ago, when I did the StrengthsFinder assessment, one of my strengths was “maximizer.” This is what…

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Three Fierce Ideas

Monday, June 30th, 2014 | By: Mike Donahue

I began my career as an executive coach in 2002. Vistage International (then called “The Executive Committee” or “TEC”) recruited me to be one of the independent contractors they licensed to coach and facilitate a CEO peer group. I was a member of the Vistage tribe for nine years; during that time, I logged about 2,500 hours of one-on-one coaching with my members. I can say a lot of good…

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My Top 10 Leadership Reading List

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 | By: Mike Donahue

Twice this month, people have asked what books on leadership I recommend. Here’s my Top 10 list, with comments. 1. The Five Temptations of the CEO by Patrick Lencioni This book isn’t for just CEOs; it should be titled “The Five Temptations of the Leader.” I make it required reading for all my executive coaching clients. 2. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni This book mirrors Lencioni’s…

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