Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder of Box of Crayons, a company best known for teaching 10-minute coaching so that busy managers 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 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. He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year, is a Rhodes Scholar, and was recently recognized as the #3 Global Guru in coaching.
Balancing out these moments of success, Michael was banned from his high school graduation for “the balloon incident,” was sued by one of his law school lecturers for defamation, and his first published piece of writing
was a Harlequin romance short story called “The Male Delivery.”
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
Session length: 45 minutes
We spend our days becoming better coaches. We read the books, do the training, be part of WBECS. We polish our questions and our presence and our processes. We’re on the path towards mastery.
But a coaching relationship is a relationship. There’s another person involved. And when the coachee is good, it’s great. You finish a session and you fist-pump: I love my client, I love my job, I LOVE COACHING!
And, more times than we’d care to admit, a coaching conversation can be a little bit … meh. Not terrible, exactly. But underwhelming, somewhat ho-hum.
It’s not comfortable to admit this to yourself, and even less comfortable to admit it to the person you’re coaching. Mostly, we just cross our fingers and hope for something a little better next time.
But hope is not a strategy.
In this provocative, interactive and surprisingly enjoyable webinar, we’ll take a good look at the dark side of coaching. We’ll look at some of the ways our clients can subtly or perhaps not so subtle opt out of showing up fully, and how we as coaches can collaborate.
And we’ll share some practical ways to tackle this, in a way that serves both the coach and the person being coached.
1. The signs and symptoms of five ways clients resist your coaching
2. Strategies for countering those points of resistance
Session length: 90 minutes
Managers and leaders find themselves stuck in three vicious circles. They’re frustrated by teams that 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.
Breaking out of those vicious circles is simpler than you might think.
Understanding the power of Great Work and mastering the Five Essential Questions can help managers, leaders and coaches increase the focus, courage and resilience they need to have more impact in the work they do.
At the end of this session, participants will not only have practiced the five core questions, but will have a plan to do more Great Work.
This session is based on Michael’s best-selling book, The Coaching Habit. With over 400,000 copies sold so far, it’s been the best-selling coaching book since its launch.
1. Discover the three vicious circles that keep them—and their teams—stuck.
2. Understand the difference between Good Work and Great Work—and why they should even care.
3. Learn the five core questions they need so they (and those they lead) can focus on the work that matters.
4. Find the Best Coaching Question in the World (it has just three words).
Session length: 90 minutes