The Coaching Habit – An Interview with Michael Bungay Stanier

The Coaching Habit – An Interview with Michael Bungay Stanier

Following is an audio interview with Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, and Change the Way You Lead Forever.

The word “coaching” seems to be used a lot these days. Yet do we really know what “coaching” means or have a shared understanding of what it is?

Michael has a very powerful way of explaining just what coaching is, not as a profession, but rather as a critical skill in leading others. He shows us simple ways to get started in being more coach-like in your leadership.

Michael invites us to slow down and, as he puts it:

“Stay curious just a little bit longer and get into action just a little bit slower.”

In our conversation, he offers simple ways to be more “coach-like” in our everyday conversations with others. He suggests it’s okay for you to not have all the answers, even when people come to you for advice.  In fact, Michael shows us how, by developing the coaching habit, you can empower others far more than if you give them your answers.

Here’s the interview:


I hope you enjoy listening in to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it with Michael. We covered topics neither of us expected to talk about!

Please join our conversation by commenting and asking questions below!


Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. Box of Crayons is best known for its coaching programs, which teaches 10-minute coaching to help busy managers build stronger teams and get better results.




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Mino F Akhtar   |   13 June 2017   |   Reply

Susan, I really enjoyed listening to your interview with Michael! Thanks. For organizations, I think asking managers and leaders to be more “coach-like” is a great way to make them more receptive to the idea of coaching, which has always been a struggle! Love the TERA model too, and all the other research that Michael has brought into his approach.

Susan Mazza   |   15 June 2017   |   Reply

Thanks Mino! Michael always offers terrific insight and useful tools.

Jackie   |   24 January 2018   |   Reply

Thank you for this information, I am taking a leadership course in College and found this interview especially helpful. The concept to be more ‘coach-like makes the best sense, as we benefit most from remaining active learner’s.

Thank you!!