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Despite executive coaching’s high profile, few managers coach well or even at all. Many equate coaching with giving advice and little else. Coaching involves much more than just talking to people; it requires posing intelligent questions that inspire your employees to talk about their thoughts, their work and their concerns. Managers can use a proactive questioning process to learn what’s going on with their employees (or family members, for that matter) and help them upgrade their skills, reach their own solutions and understand their own actions. Michael Bungay Stanier, the first person honored as Coach of the Year in Canada, uses the construct of seven essential coaching questions to teach managers how to coach effectively. getAbstract recommends his manual to all managers, aspiring business coaches and any practitioners who might welcome a refresher.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What good executive coaching entails,
  • Why managers should develop a sustainable “Coaching Habit,” and
  • How to use the “seven essential questions” for coaching.

About the Author

Keynote speaker and founder and senior partner of Box of Crayons, Michael Bungay Stanier was the first Canadian Coach of the Year. He also wrote Do More Great Work. For videos and podcasts, visit



Coaching Challenges
Nearly 75% of managers have received training in how to coach their employees, yet 73% of employees never receive coaching. And, when they do, the coaching usually doesn’t help them. In fact, fewer than 25% of employees believe coaching benefited them, and 10% of employees...

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    Myla Nubla-Lee 1 month ago
    Very practical coaching lesson. It's asking the right questions that yield a quality coaching session rather than jumping on to dispensing advice right away. Need to be good at listening without interrupting.
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    Myla Nubla-Lee 1 month ago
    Very practical coaching lesson. It's asking the right questions that yield a quality coaching session rather than jumping on to dispensing advice right away. Need to be good at listening without interrupting.
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    Gagan Deep Singh Baath 2 months ago
    very well explained.
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    Natasia Mc Mahon 2 months ago
    Excellently packaged with the focus on the key learnings. Compressed yet comprehensive enough to get the gist of Coaching. My best getAbstract yet! Thank you!
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    Les Taylor 3 months ago
    Excellent reminder that the core responsibility of the coach is to ask the "right" questions and to be a terrific listener.
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    Sachin Garg 3 months ago
    what an action plan
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    Mohammed ELTOUM 3 months ago
    The Coaching Habit very good idea
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    Carlo Rohner 3 months ago
    Highly effective summary with a good call to Action plan
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    Marlowie Hatulan 4 months ago
    Excellent summary. While listening, can't help but smile in times when I learned an unusual behavior from my manager. Although, it didn't make him less of the person I knew he was.- with the new image and style of engagement.
    Butt this made me realize his efforts and the risks he may / now faced with his selective mentees.
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    Luz Calle 5 months ago
    A very practical summary and easy to apply immediately
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    Richard Ploss 1 year ago
    Worthwhile summary. Worthwhile rereading
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    Syed Abdul Hadi 1 year ago
    Excelant! &
    So Momentous!!!
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    Rachel Byrd 1 year ago
    Excellent read for any new or experienced leader.
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    Shawn Wolfe 1 year ago
    Very insightful, great read.
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    Don DeWaay 1 year ago
    Simple, straightforward and what else can you ask for in effective coaching? Well done.
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    Lucia Huonker 1 year ago
    Good addition for any "coaching skills" training collection; can be applied within the workplace and externally, too.
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    Georgio Bruzzo 1 year ago
    Outstanding in its simplicity. Easily applicable.
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    Richard Covert 2 years ago
    Good common sense. Keep the questions in your pocket.
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    Jayraj Patel 2 years ago
    very nice summary, when I read it for a second it felt like I am reading a flow chart for developing a Coaching Habit, very clear and pointwise
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    Isaac Garcia 2 years ago
    Excellent advice and summary.
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    Robert Belletiere 2 years ago
    Insightful, a logical approach.
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    Heather Arthur 2 years ago
    great read
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    David Chin 2 years ago
    Highly recommended reading.

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