“The wisdom is real.”

— Brené Brown, PhD.

New York Times bestselling author of
Atlas of the Heart and Dare to Lead

Every working relationship can be better.

This book is your guide to creating relationships
that are safe, vital, and repairable.

The quality of your working relationships determines your success and your happiness.

Stop leaving it all to chance.

Build relationships that are safe, vital, and repairable.

One essential conversation.

Five powerful questions.

Your chance to build the best possible relationships with all the people who matter.

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One copy for you and one copy for that other person with whom you want to have a Best Possible Relationship. A perfect pairing

Buy this bundle and you get:

👉 Immediate access to the ebook.

👉 Two tickets to an exclusive online teaching event with MBS: How to handle the pressure (with kindness & grace)

👉 Invitation to be part of The 108 Irregulars, our inner circle Ambassador program

👉 Immediate download of the Five Keystone Conversation Questions in a range of designs.


Approximately two hundred 1853 Spanish gold doubloons.

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Five people means fifteen separate important relationships. This is the package that unlocks team greatness.

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👉 All the bonuses for “two copies”

👉 Five bookplates signed by Michael, for each one of your books

👉 One exclusive postcard-size print for you to send to your Best Possible Relationship person … or to keep as your own small but glorious work of art.

👉 In the running for one of 15 “cameo style” video messages from Michael to anyone you nominate.


What price can you place on being someone whose largeness of heart, gracefulness of spirit, and deep generosity is second to none?

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Dunbar’s number says we can maintain 150 friendships. You’re that person who nourishes and shapes those friendships. Bravo!

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Make no mistake, I’m deeply grateful if you chose to buy one copy of the book. It’s a great choice: you’ll love it.

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👉 My deep appreciation for your support.


Compared to some of the other ways you’ve spent twenty bucks or so, an utter gem.

Is How to Work with

(Almost) Anyone

really any good?

It’s fantastic.

Practical enough to change the way you work with people. Short enough to finish. And funny enough to keep you entertained.

But remember, it’s Michael the author who’s writing all of this, so there’s a certain bias built in here. After all, I really want you to buy a couple of copies … and maybe more if you’re so inclined.

On the other hand, I’ve got a good track record. The Coaching Habit is the best-selling book on coaching this century, with well over 1 million copies sold.

Brené Brown thought it was so good that she had me on her podcast, and called it “a classic”. Seth Godin, the marketing guru, mentioned unprompted in a podcast that it was “the best book on coaching”.

And luckily, I have some other fantastic people who you can trust saying nice things.

Deftly written, visually pleasing, always clever, Michael Bungay Stanier's genius for making the complex simple is on full display.

Whitney JohnsonTop #10 Management Thinker globally, WSJ bestselling author, Smart Growth

A practical, powerful and emotionally brilliant framework that will help you work with (almost) anyone.

Carey NieuwhofBestselling author of At Your Best

This fantastic book is a blueprint for everyone seeking to build more successful and more enjoyable working relationships.

Erica DhawanBestselling author of Digital Body Language

The health of your working relationships is the key to opportunities, adventures, and growth. This practical book gives you a tool to build the best possible relationships.

Jordan HarbingerHost, Jordan Harbinger Show

The book feels like a conversation with a wise, kind mentor who believes in you. Part manual, part invitation to wonder, I'd love us all to read this book and put its principles into action.

Kathryn MannixAuthor of The End in Mind and Listen

This practical and wise book helps you build more high quality relationships in your daily life, helping you to unlock your greatest potential.

Scott Barry KaufmanHost, Psychology Podcast

Be the person who makes your

working relationships better

Ten things this

book will teach you

  • 1 How critical your working relationships are to your success and happiness.
  • 2 Why safe, vital, and repairable are the hallmarks of a flourishing and resilient working relationship.
  • 3 The unexpected focus of a Keystone Conversation (this is what makes it work so well).
  • 4 The Five Questions of the Keystone Conversation.
  • 5 The one thing you need to do before any Keystone Conversation (and exactly how to prepare).
  • 6 The exact words you can use to invite someone to a Keystone Conversation (this will make things easier for both of you).
  • 7 How to finish a Keystone Conversation, so it ends strong and clear.
  • 8 The six principles of maintenance, so things keep flourishing after the Keystone Conversation.
  • 9 What to do with the “awkward” part of all of this. (You’re not the only one to think this might be awkward.)
  • 10 Ten unique exercises to deepen your self-awareness, so you can bring your best to any working relationship.

About Michael Bungay Stanier

Hi, I’m Michael, sometimes called MBS.

This is my eighth or maybe ninth book, depending what you count. If you know any of my others, most likely it’s The Coaching Habit, which has sold more than a million copies and is the best-selling book on coaching this century. The one before this one was How to Begin (how to set a worthy goal as a way of unlocking your own greatness), and back in 2011 I created and edited End Malaria, a book I did in partnership with Seth Godin that raised more than $400k for Malaria No More.

I founded Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that’s trained lots of people around the world to be more coach-like (BoxOfCrayons.com). Currently much of my attention is given to MBS.works, where we provide people with the resources and community to unlock greatness: theirs, and others.

Still reading? OK. Other highlights include being happily married for nigh on thirty years, captaining my under-thirteen soccer team, presenting a TEDx Talk that’s seen by about 1.5 million people, being on Brené Brown’s podcast, knowing how to make a fair number of great cocktails, being a Rhodes Scholar, being sued by a law professor for defamation, surviving more than twenty Toronto winters, performing in a “nude male modelling” skit in the law revue at university, playing small roles in inventing stuffed crust pizza and a whisky nominated as “the worst single malt ever invented,” and liking my parents, two brothers, and their families.