Michael Bungay Stanier

The Coaching Habit

The Coaching Habit proves the idea that if you want a better solution you need to ask a better question. And what better way to ask great questions than through coaching? Michael Bungay Stanier makes this so clear and accessible. In this book, he distils the essentials of coaching down into just seven powerful questions.

He takes the approach that coaching is about moving from a command-and-control approach to one of coaching, where you do not have the wisdom. The wisdom is in your team. Your role is to ensure that the knowledge of the team is tapped into and the best in others can shine.

It is a remarkably simple yet very profound technique. Yes, coaching is an art, yet great technique is the backbone of any art form. Instead of offering advice, it focuses on unleashing solutions by asking the right questions. This approach gives the other person the opportunity to find their own way, make their own mistakes and create their own wisdom. This cultivates a team who are brave and vulnerable to the process at work. It also transforms us and helps us to unlearn the β€˜fix it’ mentality we might have as a leader.

This is a practical and inspiring book that shows us how seven transformative questions can totally make a difference in how we lead and support others. The Coaching Habit is an essential listening, learning and leading tool in your kit as a Compassionate Leader.

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The illusion that both parties to the conversation know what the other party wants is pervasive, and it sets the stage for plenty of frustrating exchanges.

Ann’s Favourite Quote From The Coaching Habit, by Michael Bungay Stanier