Unleash Your Legacy

Are you ready to shake things up and make a difference?

Do you feel an itch to build something meaningful?

This page is home to all my best resources for starting something that matters.


Who am I?

Hi! I’m Michael Bungay Stanier – MBS for short. I’m an award-winning author, teacher, and speaker (and have nothing to do with Saudi Arabia). I’ve taught hundreds of thousands of people around the world, in person and online, and I’m excited at the thought of working with you too.

How to begin book

Learn How to Begin: Right Here, Right Now

Unlock your greatness by working on the hard things

Instead of doubting yourself, fearing you’ll make a mistake, and feeling like you need to play “small” so you don’t disrupt the status quo, start showing up for yourself so you can show up for the world.

Don’t regret a life half-lived. Stepping up and pursuing your dreams is hard … and it’s exhilarating, and it’s important.

Let me show you how to get clear, get confident, and start anything that matters.

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Try the How to Begin Course!

Get coached step-by-step through a proven process to get clear, committed, and taking manageable action (that sticks) towards *whatever* it is you want.
(For less than you’d pay for an hour of coaching)

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Here's what you get in the How to Begin course

Step #1: Set a Worthy Goal

This section of the course is all about clearly articulating and refining your project, dream, or goal. We go through three drafts and four tests to get it feeling juuuust right.

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Step #2: Commit

Now that your goal is good to go, it’s time to get *you* ready. This section is all about looking at yourself and making sure you are ready to commit to taking on this project, dream, or goal.

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Step #3: Cross the Threshold

In this third and final core section of the course, you’ll get up to and over the starting line of taking your first steps - moving from planning and reflecting into action.

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The Conspiracy - MBS.works

Where your best self does your best work

YOU bring a dream, goal, or project and WE provide the community, rhythm, and resources to support your ongoing progress, learning, and growth.

COMMUNITY: Join a community of brilliant and brave humans going after their dreams - who want to support you in going after yours.

RHYTHM: Learn a proven structure and system that will help you move your bold ideas forward so that you make actual progress.

RESOURCES: Access a comprehensive suite of tools and resources – tailored to help you overcome any challenge and regularly updated to meet your evolving needs.


Does the idea of unlocking greatness strike a chord? Check out my blog

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Consistent motivation is difficult, even when we genuinely, deeply care about our projects. It usually starts off well. Then, you wake up late, skip your yoga, lose focus at work.

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Bouncing Back From Failure: How to Fail Fantastically

Failure sucks. Failure is difficult. Failure hurts. But what if I told you that failure is also liberating, elevating… and fascinating? Hear me out...

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Hear how our work helps unlock greatness

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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.

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Gregor Thain

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.

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Hubert Joly

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.

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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.

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Greg Dack

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.

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William Arruda

Author, Digital YOU: Real Personal Branding in the Virtual Age

MBS instills confidence and inspires action.

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Jeremy Darroch

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.

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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.

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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.

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Steve Morrow

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.

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Shelley Easton

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.

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Susan Reid

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!

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Kim Scott

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!

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Jean-Philippe Courtois

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.

Jessica Amortegui

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.

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where Michael averages a rating of 4.98/5

like Simon Sinek—but funny..

I’ve worked with some wonderful organizations

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I’ve appeared in all manner of press

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5 Powerful questions to deepen trust

In yourself. In the journey. In the world.

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Download a fifteen-minute audio lesson

to learn the five questions I use daily to focus my daily work and deepen the bigger game I’m trying to play.

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They’ll strengthen your resolve, help you see the world a little more clearly, build courage, and unlock your greatness.

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