Michael Bungay Stanier

Leadership Guru focusing on work that has impact, meaning and makes a difference

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Michael and his company Box of Crayons have worked with organizations around the world to help them do more of the stuff that matters…and less of the other stuff. His speeches are highly practical, interactive, and a good deal of fun. Participants leave focused and committed to do more Great Work…and with an action plan to help them do just that.

Michael’s programs focus on practical coaching skills for time crunched managers. Working with Fortune 1000 organizations and teams around the world, managers and leaders gain “next day ready” skills that help drive engagement, resilience, and innovation.

He is the founder of Box of Crayons, a company best known for teaching 10-minute coaching so that busy managers and leaders can build stronger teams and get better results. On the way to founding Box of Crayons in 2002, Michael lived in Australia, England, the United States and Canada, his current home. He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year, is a Rhodes Scholar, and was recently recognized as the #3 Global Guru in coaching.

He has written a number of books. His latest, the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Coaching Habit, has sold over 350,000 copies. It has been praised as one of the few business books that actually makes people laugh out loud.

In Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact.

Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples’ potential. He unpacks seven essential coaching questions to demonstrate how–by saying less and asking more–you can develop coaching methods that produce great results.

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Do More Great Work

People are busy. They’re overcommitted, over connected and overwhelmed. They’re working hard, sure … but are they having the impact that they (and you) want them to have?

What if people were able to work less hard, but have more impact? What if they were able to do more of the work that matters? What if they were able to do more Great Work?

This useful, provocative and highly interactive session is based on Michael’s bestselling powerful strategic productivity tool and Amazon.com bestseller, Do More Great Work.

The session is based on a simple but powerful model: Good Work vs Great Work. During the talk, participants work with that model and create new insights and strategies about how they spend their time, what really matters and how they can bring more focus, courage and resilience into the work they do.

Participants will leave not only with new insights and new energy but also with a plan to do something different right away.

This keynote is particularly effective as the opening keynote of a conference, as it provides a framework for participants to extract greater value from the rest of the conference.


The Five Question Leader: The Secret to Working Less Hard and Having More Impact

Managers and leaders find themselves stuck in three vicious circles. They’re frustrated by teams who have become over-dependent on them. They’re overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do. And they’re disconnected from their own Great Work – the work that has impact, the work that has meaning. Sound familiar?

Breaking out of those vicious circles is simpler than you might think. Mastering five essential questions can help managers and leaders increase the focus, courage and resilience they need to have more impact in the work they do.

In this practical, interactive and engaging session participants will: Discover the three vicious circles that keep managers – and their teams – stuck Learn the five core questions they need so they (and those they lead) can focus on the work that matters.

Get three quick-to-master techniques to ask a question well. (it’s harder to do than it sounds!)

Find the Best Coaching Question in the World (and it has just three words) and understand how to apply the New Habit Formula to convert insight into new, sustainable behaviours.

This 60-90 minute program is based on Michael Bungay Stanier’s new book The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever. David Allen calls it a “brilliant how-to manual”, Dan Pink says the book “distills the essentials of coaching”, while Brené Brown says it is “practical and inspiring”.


Recent Publications by Michael Bungay Stanier

The Coaching Habit - Say Less, Ask More, & Change the Way You Lead Forever

 

 

Do More Great Work

 

Get Unstuck & Get Going

 

End Malaria (E-Book)

 

"If I had to pick a person to have dinner with, when I need to be prodded and challenged and inspired to think about the things I really am committed to think about for myself and what I’m doing, I’d pick Michael Bungay Stanier. He has an ability to shake our tree and make us more conscious and responsible about what we know but aren’t willing to admit we know yet." —David Allen, author of Getting Things Done