Let’s Talk About Coaching for Leaders

By | December 31, 2016

Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever…check out this book review and Let’s Talk About Coaching for Leaders.


Product: The Coaching Habit, Michael Bungay Stanier

Price: $12.23

Cheapest Place to Buy: www.amazon.com

My Personal Rating: 9 out of 10

What if managers could coach their people in 10 minutes or less?

In Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit, coaching becomes a regular, informal part of your day so managers and their teams can work less hard and have more impact. In this practical and inspiring book, Michael shares seven essential coaching questions that can make a difference in how we lead and support others. Not only does he share but he guides us through the steps to take this new information and turn it into habits and a daily practice.

Coaching is an essential skill for leaders. But for most busy, overworked managers, coaching employees is done badly, or not at all. They’re just too busy, and it’s too hard to change.

Say Less and Ask More – Seven Essential Coaching Questions

Bungay Stanier draws on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills as he reveals how to unlock your peoples’ potential. The author explains why coaching is vital for managers and reviews reasons why they shy away from it, including the notion that dispensing answers and advice seems faster and easier than empowering subordinates. He persuasively argues that changing such habits can free managers to “work less hard and have more impact.”

You can develop coaching methods that produce great results by using these questions:

  1. Get straight to the point in any conversation with The Kickstart Question
  2. Stay on track during any interaction with The AWE Question
  3. Save hours of time for yourself with The Lazy Question
  4. Save hours of time for others with The Strategic Question
  5. Get to the heart of any interpersonal with The Focus Question
  6. Get to the heart of any external challenge with The Foundation Question
  7. Ensure others find your coaching as beneficial as you do with The Learning Question

How to Use the Questions?

  • Each question asks readers to note a situation that triggers the urge to dispense wisdom rather than coach, and gives cues to replace that habit with a new one.
  • The questions then build naturally toward conversations about coaching.
  • Dynamic question-and-answer sections help identify old habits and kick-start new behavior.
  • Actionable tips derived from training classes.


Bungay Stanier ends each chapter by steering readers to the Box of Crayons website (Bungay Stanier is the founder of Box of Crayons, a Canadian training company), where lively videos will reinforce the messages.

Need More Reasons to Check Out This Book?

If you are pressed for time – don’t worry – Bungay Stanier has tailored the book’s organization and length so that it can easily be read in a couple of hours or in short snippets. The book effectively incorporates humor, surprise, and parables. Sub-titles are numerous, and quotes often fill entire pages.

Go from “Good to Great” – What Do Others Have to Say?

”Michael Bungay Stanier distills the essentials of coaching to seven core questions. And if you master his simple yet profound technique, you’ll get a twofer. You’ll provide more effective support to your employees and co-workers. And you may find that you become the ultimate coach for yourself.” – Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive

”There are many coaching books out there that end up on the bookshelf half read. Michael Bungay Stanier’s The Coaching Habit engages you from start to finish. A simple read that is bold and direct, relatable and real, this book will change the way you communicate with colleagues at work and family at home. If you want to read one book on coaching that will resonate with you quickly and that is not overwhelming, choose this one.” – Johanne McNally Myers, VP Human Resources, Tim Hortons

”The magic of leadership occurs in daily conversations. With The Coaching Habit, Michael Bungay Stanier gives managers an extremely simple yet powerful tool (just seven questions!) to help them coach their teams to greatness, each and every day.” – Andrew Collier, Head of Leadership Development, Nestlé

”The Coaching Habit is a succinct and practical handbook for getting the best from others and yourself.”– Nir Eyal, author of Hooked

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Why am I glad that I read this book?

Coaching is an art and it’s far easier said than done. It takes courage to ask a question rather than offer up advice, provide an answer, or unleash a solution. I have been encouraged to give others the opportunity to find their own way, make their own mistakes, and create their own wisdom. It’s about creating new habits and unlearning my ”fix it” habits.

My Top Takeaways!

  1. BE LAZY: Stop working so hard.
  2. BE CURIOUS: Stop giving so much advice.
  3. BE A COACH: Start coaching now.


I hope you have enjoyed this review and if you have any questions about The Coaching Habit or want to leave your own personal review, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you. Here is a link to my profile.

All the best!


6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Coaching for Leaders

  1. Thabo

    Hi Miles,

    As someone who did his master’s thesis on leadership language, I enjoyed reading your post. I think there are two ways to think of an affective coach. On one hand, a good coach encourages members of his or her team to establish long-term development goals. And this is the BIG deal. He or she helps them conceptualize a plan for reaching those goals.This is the business/executive model that I think you’re describing.

    There’s also the relationship builder/ affiliative model.

    Think of Joe Torre, the manager of the New York Yankees who led the team to the 1999 World Series. He was credited with understanding the emotional needs of the team as it was put under heavy pressure to win.

    Of course the best coaches find a way of combining the business/executive model with the relationship/ affiliative model.

    1. admin

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I agree with your conclusion that I am describing the business/executive model and, yes, the best approach is often a combination of models as you have suggested.

      Would you agree that a shift in behaviours for most organizations is urgently needed to focus on saying less and listening more?


  2. Grant Sudduth

    Leadership is hard for many, me included. This looks like it may go a long way in helping acquire that ability. Thanks for the info! Can I get this in audio?

    1. Miles Post author

      Grant, I know your leadership competency will get a real boost. Yes, it is available in audio by following the links.

      I would love to hear your thoughts after you have a chance to read/listen.

      All the best,


  3. Greg Montgomery

    Great post Miles.
    I have been an Instructor, Training Manager, and Operations Manager. This offering really is on point. Many in the leadership role forget that a manager/leader is a resource to their followers and must also lead by example.

    Ownership and accountability, on both parts, are key points in coaching, but in many cases have been forgotten or overlooked due to lack of confidence. Thus making your offering a fantastic platform for instilling these qualities for successful leadership.

    1. Miles Post author

      Hi Greg and thanks very much for your comment. It’s all about ‘leadership’ and coaching will unleash leadership at all levels of the organization. You and I share a passion for leadership and I look forward to helping many others discover the power of coaching!



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