The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way you Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier was published in early 2016, and still holds up as a great book that teaches about the merits of coaching as a leader. It’s an innovative spin on a how-to manual that focuses on regular, informal coaching in the workplace so that everyone can work more efficiently. Bungay Stanier has years of training experience and has worked with more than 10,000 managers around the world.
Coaching is a great way to unlock your employees’ potential. In The Coaching Habit, Bungay Stanier discusses seven essential coaching questions including: The Kickstart Question, The Awe Question, The Lazy Question, The Strategic Question, The Focus Question, The Foundation Question, and The Learning Question. This will allow you to get straight to the point, stay on track, practice time management with yourself and your staff, get to the heart of challenges, and see if your methods are working. Bungay Stanier stresses that it’s less about saying and more about asking. He asks the difference between giving advice and providing coaching and suggests that providing coaching is a better method.
The book uses a combination of insider information and research based in neuroscience and behavioral economics. Bungay Stanier provides interactive training tools so rather than just reading the advice, you can put it into everyday practice. The book is conversational and Bungay Stanier is witty. This makes the book both easy-to-read and useful.
The book has received great reviews from Brené Brown, Daniel H. Pink, and the New York Times. You’ll learn the how to make your good company become great.