Hi, I'm Michael Bungay Stanier

aka MBS

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Michael Bungay-Stanier

Here's one version of my story

As I wrote this myself, you should bear in mind George Orwell’s caveat: “Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.”

My highlights reel

I’ve written books that have sold about a million copies all told, including The Coaching Habit, a self-published book that’s become the best-selling book on coaching this century. I founded a training and development company, Box of Crayons, that has taught coaching skills to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. I love that it’s a human-centered place to work, and that it practices what it preaches.

But wait! There’s more! I’ve been happily married for 30 years or so; I was a Rhodes Scholar; I’ve created a book in partnership with Seth Godin that raised $400,000 for Malaria No More; I’ve been named #1 Thought Leader in Coaching and a Coaching Guru; I’ve launched several podcasts; I’ve spoken live and virtually to crowds of thousands…

All these are things I’m proud of.
And, of course, they’re not the whole story…

What's behind it all

In my early 20’s I became a Rhodes Scholar. It’s a prestigious scholarship and one that sets you amongst the world’s elite. It could have been a classic march to power: straight white man goes to private school, does law degree, wins Rhodes Scholarship … and then presumably goes on to rule the world.

But I’ve never been much of a fan of the status quo and my privilege is something I try to use thoughtfully to create more possibilities for all of us.

I’ve spent my career pushing back at power structures in unsubtle ways (I finished law school being sued for defamation by one of my professors), direct ways (disrupting some of the ways publishing works) and more effective, scalable ones (my approach to coaching “un-weirds coaching”, makes it a technology accessible to everyone, and turns leadership and hierarchy on its head.)

You can perhaps see a hint of this in the photo of my Rhodes class in 1992. I’m the hippy in the middle of the front row …

I’m a teacher, but I feel I’m mostly a student.

I’m still learning how to understand, navigate and share my power, as well as to have the courage to do work that makes a difference.

My principles

Here are the ideas that keep me headed in the best direction…

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My Books

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