How do you best manage humans?
How do you make a greater impact with the projects and people depending on your leadership?
This page is home to all my best resources for managers and leaders.
Every working relationship can be better.
The quality of your working relationships determines your success and your happiness. Stop leaving it all to chance.
This book is your guide to creating relationships that are safe, vital, and repairable.
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Great speakers (and facilitators, trainers, coaches, and communicators) aren’t born that way.
They’re good for a reason. They prepare, they practice, and they use all the tools at their disposal.
Here are the skills you’ll learn in the Presentation Genius course:
How to prepare yourself internally, how to manage anxieties and fears, and the best tools to have in your toolkit.
How the brain and body learn, the exact conditions people need to engage with new content and how to dial them way up.
June 14, 2023
During your life, you’re going to spend about 90,000 hours at work. And, depending on your job, at least 50% of your time will be spent collaborating with your colleagues.
June 07, 2023
Most people are reluctant about coaching not because they don’t like it, but because they haven’t tried it (and don’t understand it). That’s fair.
May 19, 2023
Becoming a manager is exciting and energizing, but it can also feel very overwhelming to take command of the ship and realizing you can sink it with bad decisions…
Brené Brown, PhD
Author, Atlas of the Heart and Dare to Lead
My favorite thing about Michael’s work is his ability to deliver actionable, tactical strategies
that are based on well researched ideas and data, then packaged in a book that I can read on a flight. And, the wisdom is real - it sticks.
former Group Learning Director, BAE Systems
A unique ability to know the fears and obstacles that we put in our own way. His guidance, tools and stories is all about helping real people in real life.
Executive Chairman and former CEO, Best Buy
Leadership is not about giving the best advice, it is about unlocking the potential of the people around you. Thank you, Michael Bungay Stanier, for reminding us of that and for providing such concrete thoughts on how to do it.
I feel like I'm standing on the 10mtr diving board looking at the postage stamp pool below me. I know diving in will be thrilling and I know doing it is important to me, but it is so daunting. It will be easier to climb back down the stairs but then what will I have achieved? Committing in my mind is easy, taking that huge dive feels scary right now and somehow all the people cheering on the poolside aren't helping. Thank you MBS for the hand holding of this course.
Acting Deputy Director, SPMO&TO
Michael has a real gift for using simple powerful questions to invite you to dig a bit deeper, stay curious a bit longer, and really grapple with your thoughts, goals, and ambition. The approach is wonderfully adaptable, as you can choose to dig as little or as much as is needed for your particular goal. It’s been a powerful resource for me.
Author, Digital YOU: Real Personal Branding in the Virtual Age
MBS instills confidence and inspires action.
Group CEO, Sky
To get more from your people, you need to grow their capability and engagement, and step up yourself. A great way to do that is to give less advice and do more coaching.
I’m finally starting to work on something that I’ve wanted to do for a few years - and I wouldn’t have started without How to Begin LIVE. In this program, I pivoted my Worthy Goal, took the first steps towards achieving it, and along the way met such interesting people.
Loren I. Shuster
Chief People Officer, LEGO
Michael's practical guide to cultivating keystone conversations can unlock the full potential of an individual, and that of the wider team and organization. Build healthy and resilient relationships and you begin to build a healthy and resilient culture and a resilient and sustainable business.
Global Talent, Salesforce
Michael's session was short, sharp, engaging and effective. His high-energy, high-impact style was a great match, and his clear and compelling content was well received and easy to apply. Leaders have already applied learnings (at home and at work!) and we're looking forward to the ongoing focus and impact of more coach-like leaders.
World Food Program
Michael – you were just brilliant and we received so much feedback on how much people enjoyed and engaged with your session. People have said how eager they are to use several of the techniques discussed in their daily approach. So, many take-aways there and lots of happy participants! You are a great model of how to best run an engaging virtual session – we had so much more interaction and engagement than we normally do.
Your posts, videos and books are always fantastic. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your energy, ideas, insight ... and humour!!! Everything you produce is gold and such an asset in my work as an executive coach and leadership development facilitator!
Author, Radical Candor and Just Work
We cannot build relationships, we cannot collaborate, and we cannot succeed unless we can put our phones in our pockets, look a person in the eye, and have a real conversation. In an era of asynchronous communication too many people have forgotten how to talk to each other. Here is a practical, tactical guide to help you rebuild this most human of skills: conversation. Essential!
President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations EVP, Microsoft Corporation
Being a coach-like manager and being coached is a core part of our culture at Microsoft. It's how talented people thrive and grow. Michael Bungay Stanier has helped evolve how we think about coaching and how it can bring our growth mindset to life.
Head of Learning & Culture, Airtable
Michael Bungay Stainer delivers the goods. By giving us an equal dose of inspiration and action, he employs his unearthly wisdom to make our lives - and the world - better.
attendee at ATD
where Michael averages a rating of 4.98/5
like Simon Sinek—but funny..