The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way you Lead Forever

Jan 10, 2022 1:55 AM
Michael Bungay Stanier
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What if you could work less hard and have more impact?

The truth is, you can’t work any harder than you are already. You’re probably feeling overconnected, overcommitted and overwhelmed … at least some of the time. It’s not about working harder, it’s about having more impact.

To do that, you need to change the way you work. And that might be simpler than you thought.

The Coaching Habit gives you seven questions and the tools to make them an everyday habit. Master them, and you’ll be able to work less hard and have more impact.

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Welcome To The Coaching Habit!

What people are saying about The Coaching Habit

The Coaching Habit been endorsed by people such as Dan Pink, Brené Brown and David Allen, all big names in the world of motivation, authenticity and productivity.

It’s been well received by leaders and managers in organizations all over the world, ranging from A(DP) to Z(urich Insurance).

It’s a Winner in the 10th annual National Indie Excellence Awards in the General Business category. And a Finalist in the “Business: Management & Leadership” category of the 2016 International Book Awards as well as the 2016 Top Sales and Marketing Book.

And, the audiobook version was nominated for Best Audiobook Narration in the Voice Arts® Awards Competition, the international competition sponsored by the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS).

this is a brilliant how-to manual David Allen, Getting Things Done

practical and inspiring Brené Brown, Daring Greatly & Rising Strong

simple yet profound Daniel Pink, Drive

concise and compelling Bob Sutton, Scaling Up Excellence

practical, useful and interesting Dave Ulrich, The Leadership Code

The Coaching Habit named as one of the five business books to learn from in this Fortune Magazine article.

Whether you have coached, been coached, or call bullshit on coaching in general, The Coaching Habit is for you”. Read this awesome review.

Harvey Schachter outlines seven questions to condition your inner coach in this The Globe and Mail article.

Jeffrey Davis interviews Michael about how a coaching habit can lead to greater leadership success for Psychology Today.

Todd Rose calls the book a “nuts-and-bolts business book” that “forces us to reframe our assumptions, thoughts, and feelings about the importance and effect of the work we do.Read more at 800-CEO-READ.

FastCompany lists The Coaching Habit as one of “10 books are short enough to read in a few hours, yet highly likely to make tomorrow more productive.”

Matt Tenney recommends the book if you need help “overcoming the habit of giving advice and developing a new habit of asking questions first.” Read more at Huffpost Business.

Let’s get down to brass tacks:

here’s some of what you’ll get from this book.

It’s one thing to know The Seven Essential Questions. It’s another thing to be able to ask them well. Throughout the book are eight Question Masterclasses that share some of the simple (but surprisingly difficult) tips on how to ask a question well.

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