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

Many of you have heard me talk about the difference between leadership and management- leadership asks while management tells. They both get the job done, however, the leader will get so much more from their people than a manager does. A leader that asks will allow a person to find their own way, make mistakes and learn solutions that will empower confidence that cannot be matched. A manager is expected to have all of the answers.

The Coaching Habit is an interesting read. Along with Coaching for Performance by Sir John Whitmore, both offer a glimpse into true leadership. Stanier offers the tools you will need to begin to ask and not tell. He also offers a framework for asking questions…his framework includes these 7 categories: Kickstart, AWE, Focus, Foundation, Lazy, Strategic, and Learning. Each category is filled with information that will make sense and lead to some “Got it!” moments. The “build your new habit here” at the end of each section is extremely helpful. It allows you to look at what you have learned and implement it in your life.

Stanier earns an A+ here. I applaud anything that can be done to get rid of the old ways of management and foster truly enlightened coaching leadership.


Michael Bungay Stanier


Box of Crayons Press



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