Episode Date January 13, 2022
Featured Guest Jesse Finkelstein
Featured Book "How To Begin" by Michael Bungay Stanier

Episode Summary

Michael’s new book How to Begin: Start Doing Something that Matters is now available at www.HowToBegin.com.

It’s launch week for How to Begin. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with this book – mostly love – for about a year and a half, so it’s pretty exciting to finally stumble into the sunlight, blinking and going, “It’s arrived! It’s here!” And that’s why today’s guest is so perfect; Jesse Finkelstein is the co-founder of Page Two, the company who published and partnered with me for this book, and The Coaching Habit and The Advice Trap, as well.

Michael reads two pages from his upcoming book, ‘How To Begin.’ [reading begins at 8:15]

Hear us discuss:

  • ‘Unicorn business partners’: “If you can find a wonderful partner, it’s everything, but can also be the worst thing.” [3:45]
  • “I found it very freeing once I gave myself permission to not only hold onto the people who would support me on the journey, but to abandon the people and structures that would weigh me down.” [12:36]
  • Finding the courage to say ‘no’ and dealing with the aftermath: “It’s often to everyone’s benefit if you’re able to look honestly at a relationship or structure, and let it go.” [13:18]

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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