Episode Date July 4, 2023
Featured Guest Michael Bungay Stanier
Featured Book "How to Work with (Almost) Anyone" by Michael Bungay Stanier

Episode Summary

Michael reading from How to Work with (Almost) Anyone, and discussing the quest for a BPR, even if it means beginning again, or ending things.

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For the final episode, I chose a chapter that’s about resetting a relationship that’s gone through a tough spell. Though I hope that’s not how you’d describe these past few episodes, it’s a nice segue back into normal programming with some of my fantastic guests. Our last storyteller is Sanyin Siang; coach, leadership expert, and recipient of the first Thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith Coaching award.

Michael reads from Chapter 18 of his newest book, ‘How to Work with (Almost) Anyone.’ [reading begins at 1:25]

Hear us discuss:

  • Why reset a relationship? [2:57]
  • Should we begin again?: “Avoid the reset, and the relationship will likely continue to deteriorate. Take the opportunity to plant the seeds of recovery, and you’ll likely strengthen it.” [4:55]
  • What to think and talk about when starting over. [5:19]
  • How do we finish this?: “All things, BPRs as well, have their season.” [6:20]
  • Sanyin Siang reveals one of her best working relationships: “A great way of showing someone that you care about them is to give them honest feedback about what they’re doing well, as well as what they could be doing better.” [10:00]

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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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