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Michael Bungay-Stanier

Hi, I’m Michael Bungay Stanier … or MBS for short. I’m best known for being the author of The Coaching Habit (the best-selling coaching book of the century) and my new book, How to Begin.

I know about coaching and curiosity, the challenges of change at an individual and organizational level, and how to stay focused on work that matters.

Those themes are linked by my commitment to help people be a force for change, so they might make themselves and the world a little better.

All my talks can range from 60-90 minutes. They are known for being highly interactive (in a helpful, non-sucky way), entertaining, and practical. They can be delivered virtually and in person.

(The company I founded, Box of Crayons, offers enterprise learning and development solutions that help organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. If that’s what you’re interested in, go here.

You’ll be in good company

I’ve worked with some wonderful clients: corporations, associations, non-profits, and NGOs. Here’s a recent selection.

Watch MBS in action...

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“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.”

Steve MorrowGlobal Talent, Salesforce

"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."

Jean-Philippe CourtoisPresident, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations EVP, Microsoft Corporation

"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!"

Hubert JolyExecutive Chairman and former CEO, Best Buy

“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.”

Jeremy DarrochGroup CEO, Sky

"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."

Shelley EastonWorld Food Program

Pick the topic(s) that matter most to you.

Here are the four topics on which I speak regularly.

The 5 Question Leader

For participants to see and experience the power of being more coach-like

Coaching is a powerful leadership behaviour. But coaching comes with baggage: it’s difficult, it’s “HR”, it’s a black box. This session helps “unweird” coaching, and provides five questions that can make coaching an everyday leadership act.

By the time we’re done, participants will have:

  • Learned about the three vicious circles of leadership … and which one they’re stuck in
  • Measured how they split their time between Bad, Good and Great Work
  • Confessed to at least one of the five reasons they’re skeptical about coaching right now
  • Worked through the Five Key Questions, including the Best Coaching Question in the World

Based on Michael’s best-selling book, The Coaching Habit.

How to Tame Your Advice Monster

For participants who want to shift their leadership style to say less and ask more

Curiosity is a leadership superpower. But while it’s easy in theory, in practice it’s difficult. This session explores the deeper barriers to staying curious, and helps participants tame their Advice Monster.

By the time we’re done, participants will have:

  • Seen the different between Easy Change and Hard Change – and why it matters
  • Identified which of the three Advice Monsters is their Advice Monster
  • Quantified the price they and others pay for the Advice Monster being in control
  • Generated strategies for taming their Advice Monster

Based on Michael’s best-selling book, The Advice Trap.

How to Be Your Best

For participants who want to consistently show up at their best

We’ve all had a sense of ourselves at our best: when we’re clever, generous, strategic, and proactive. We also know how easy it is to get knocked off our stride, and become less smart, less generous, less strategic, and reactive. This session provides the two best tools to navigate your way back to being your best.

By the time we’re done, participants will have

  • Explored three common ways we get knocked off our stride
  • Worked with a tool to help “move towards the light”: return to the best version of themselves
  • Worked with a tool to help “move away from the dark”: avoid the lesser versions of themselves
  • Identified when and where they’ll best deploy those tools

How to Begin

For participants to get clear, get courageous and get going on work that matters

One of our greatest fears is a meaningless life. One of the certain ways to create a life of meaning is to do more of the work that matters. This session provides the tools to help find and start a worthy goal.

By the time we’re done, participants will have

  • Understood we unlock our greatness by taking on the hard things
  • Learned the three attributes of a Worthy Goal
  • Understand the choices required to fully commit to a Worthy Goal
  • Designed the first “small steps” across the threshold for their worthy goal

Based on Michael’s forthcoming book, How to Begin.

Like to inquire about my availability?

It’s kind of you to consider me as a speaker. I do love to be on stage in front of a crowd (and then, pre- and post-pandemic, in the crowd and interacting).

Through lots of trial and error I’ve discovered that I need to limit my number of speaking gigs per year to thirty or less. (I made the commitment that five of these thirty will be at a reduced rate for non-profit or other social-good-doing organizations.)

Limiting my number of speaking gigs means that I’d love to hear your very best pitch on why I should come and speak at your event. I’d love to give it a “Hell, yes!” because in my being-deeply-intentional-about-my-choices world, the alternative is “no”.

I’m influenced by things like:

  • Who’s in the audience, how many are there, and what are they up to in the world?
  • Where is the gig, and is it somewhere cool, or a place I’ve never been before, or a place where some of my friends live so I can visit them?
  • Will this help me become known to other people? How high-profile is this?
  • Can you pay my fee? I’m expensive (albeit great value), so I’d love to know that you have sufficient budget.
  • Will it help me escape some of Canada’s winter? I do love it when I’m leaving snow-bound Toronto for warmer climes…
  • Will this give me some cool footage of me speaking? Will you be filming this? Have a cool set? Use a confetti gun?
  • Do we have some connection? Is this a referral? Were we raised together by a pack of koalas in the Australian outback, only to be tragically separated when young, and this is our last chance at a reunion? Something else?
  • Are you willing to buy copies of my books for participants?

Looking for Box of Crayons programs?

Box of Crayons is a learning and development company that helps organizations transform from advice-driven to curiosity-led. They offer a range of training solutions that are delivered by exceptional faculty around the world. You can learn more at BoxOfCrayons.com.

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