Michael Bungay Stanier; Talks AI, Leadership, and The Coaching Habit

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Welcome back to another enlightening episode of “The Art of Making Things Happen with Steve Sims.” In today’s show, we’re thrilled to host Michael Bungay Stanier, a celebrated author and coach who has made waves with his transformative book, “The Coaching Habit.” Michael’s mission is to democratize coaching and make it accessible for everyone, from leaders and managers to everyday individuals seeking better conversations and connections.

In this episode, we delve into Michael’s innovative approach to coaching, highlighting how he demystifies the process to make it less intimidating and more effective. We’ll explore the essential role of curiosity in leadership and the importance of asking good questions to foster deeper understanding and meaningful relationships. Michael shares his experiences working with major tech and fashion companies like Microsoft and Gucci, providing invaluable insights into how coaching can drive success in both strategy and culture.

We’ll also discuss fascinating cultural differences in communication styles between Eastern and Western countries, and how these nuances impact leadership and coaching. Michael will reveal the story behind his company, Box of Crayons, and his vision for working with organizations striving to achieve ‘worthy goals’ that make a positive impact on the world.

As we navigate the intersection of technology and coaching, Michael offers his thoughts on the potential role of AI in coaching, discussing both its possibilities and limitations. Moreover, you’ll learn about Michael’s background as a Rhodes scholar and his recent accolade from Thinkers 50, often dubbed the “Oscars of Management.”
Steve and Michael also touch upon the challenge of finding the right coach, stressing the importance of compatibility and self-awareness. Together, they underline the value of connection over mere information, making this episode a treasure trove for anyone interested in personal and professional development.

Whether you’re a seasoned coach, an aspiring leader, or someone eager to enhance your interpersonal skills, this episode is brimming with actionable insights and inspiration. Tune in and join us as we uncover the art of making things happen with the incomparable Michael Bungay Stanier.

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