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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. 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.

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 thecoachinghabit.com.

 

Summary

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 report that the coaching their managers provided actually hurt them.

One problem is that most managers receive inferior coaching training themselves, so most of the coaching they deliver is also inferior.

Often, coaching training is complex or dull or seems unconnected to the real world of business, so managers find it difficult to understand the relevancy and implementation in their day-to-day lives.

Many managers don’t do much or any coaching because it’s a skill that they must learn. However, even managers who’ve been trained as coaches find themselves overwhelmed by the high-octane work pace at most organizations. As a result, they never get around to coaching employees.

Advice Is Cheap

Giving advice is easy. Because people value good advice, you like to give it and you regard your advice as worth hearing. Dispensing advice helps keep ...


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    J. E. 9 months ago
    Great practical tools written in a quickly digestable format!
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    J. O. 11 months ago
    Inspiring
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    S. A. 1 year ago
    The best management book that I read till now in my opinion of course.
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    N. V. 1 year ago
    I kept it in my leaders toolkit
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    E. K. 1 year ago
    A perfect example of a "'long story short'' - just the essence to apply into your day
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    C. W. 1 year ago
    This is one of the best management books I have read.
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    R. M. 1 year ago
    Thank you. Excellent summary. Excellent content. I will be reading the full version
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    S. J. 1 year ago
    Really enjoyed this!
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    G. O. 1 year ago
    glad to read. i saw the book being help by someone in a picture as it captured my sight, inquisitively, i enlarged the picture to see the title clearly. now i stumbled on it here and it was an interesting read. I will recommend this to my team without delay. thank you
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    J. E. 2 years ago
    Highly recommended reading. As you enrich your coaching habit.
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    W. F. 2 years ago
    Was clear and concise, saved me hours of time.
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    A. 2 years ago
    Verry good advices in this summery I've got
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    M. L. 2 years ago
    nice
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    T. S. 2 years ago
    The power of questions in coaching are evident in this practical advice.
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    C. A. 2 years ago
    Excellent Advice
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    M. d. 2 years ago
    Getting rid of the advice monster habit seems to be key for better listening.
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    M. M. 2 years ago
    Coachng got me here
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    M. M. 2 years ago
    Coachng got me here
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    F. A. 2 years ago
    very good
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    M. N. 2 years ago
    #getbacktowork
    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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    M. N. 2 years ago
    #getbacktowork
    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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    G. B. 2 years ago
    very well explained.
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    N. M. 2 years 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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    L. T. 2 years 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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    S. G. 2 years ago
    what an action plan
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    M. E. 2 years ago
    The Coaching Habit very good idea
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    C. R. 2 years ago
    Highly effective summary with a good call to Action plan
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    M. H. 2 years 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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    L. C. 2 years ago
    A very practical summary and easy to apply immediately
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    R. P. 3 years ago
    Worthwhile summary. Worthwhile rereading
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    S. H. 3 years ago
    Excelant! &
    So Momentous!!!
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    R. B. 3 years ago
    Excellent read for any new or experienced leader.
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    S. W. 3 years ago
    Very insightful, great read.
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    D. D. 3 years ago
    Simple, straightforward and what else can you ask for in effective coaching? Well done.
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    L. H. 3 years ago
    Good addition for any "coaching skills" training collection; can be applied within the workplace and externally, too.
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    G. B. 3 years ago
    Outstanding in its simplicity. Easily applicable.
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    R. C. 4 years ago
    Good common sense. Keep the questions in your pocket.
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    J. P. 4 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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    I. G. 4 years ago
    Excellent advice and summary.
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    R. B. 4 years ago
    Insightful, a logical approach.
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    H. A. 4 years ago
    great read
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    D. C. 4 years ago
    Highly recommended reading.