Mike Donahue

Who Is Mike Donahue?

Profile, Personal and Professional.

What I’m known for…

I’m known to be a darn good executive coach. I coach leaders in individual coaching sessions and in the leadership groups I chair. In the last decade, I’ve logged more than 3,000 hours in one on one coaching sessions and facilitated about 360 group meetings.

Something exciting that happened to me…

I was the marketing guy on the team that launched breakfast at McDonald’s.

Something I'd like to forget…

The three times I was fired.

Blocks I've been around…
  • 4904 N. Kedvale, where my wife, Kim, lived when we dated
  • 1120 Blackhawk Road, the fraternity house I lived in during college
  • 2111 Midwest Road, McDonald’s HQ, where I worked for a decade
What makes me think hard…

How to hold my coaching clients accountable and motivate change.

Favorite quote

Marshall Goldsmith said, “I’ve made peace with the fact that I cannot make people change. I can only help them get better at what they choose to change.” As an executive coach, these words resonate with me.

Leadership book I refer to here again and again...
  • Richard Olivier’s “Inspirational Leadership: Henry V and the Muse of Fire”
  • Patrick Lencioni’s “The Five Temptations of a CEO”
Can't do without…

Graeter’s black raspberry chocolate chip ice cream.

Favorite voices…

Frank Sinatra, Keb’ Mo’ and the Saw Doctors. Their music is on most of my iTunes playlists.

What annoys me…

Career politicians who equate giving speeches with action.

Secret ambition…

As a boy, it was to be the starting catcher for the Chicago White Sox. Today, it’s to transform the people I work with to make them great leaders.

Where I'd like to be 10 years from now…

Right where I am now, serving as a trusted advisor to the people who create jobs and grow our economy.

My “super power” is…

Building trust among my coaching clients and group members so they’re willing to discuss the real issues that challenge them.

The path that brought me here has been…

Circuitous. I learned by doing; my personal journey has proven more valuable than any training program or certification.