The Coach­ing Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead For­ever

Michael Bun­gay Stanier

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Box of Crayons Press Soft­cover $14.95 (242pp) 978-0-9784407-4-9

The Coach­ing Habit is both a quick and a keen read, sug­gest­ing that im­pec­ca­ble thought has been given to every word in the book.

The Coach­ing Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead For­ever, by Michael Bun­gay Stanier, is an em­pow­er­ing book for all kinds of lead­ers.

Coach­ing is a buzz­word that is sel­dom un­der­stood and even less sel­dom prac­ticed. Bun­gay Stanier de­mys­ti­fies the term, boil­ing it down to a se­ries of seven ques­tions. These ques­tions could per­haps fit in a blog post, but the true power of this book is that its un­der­pin­ning prin­ci­ples and habit-bust­ing strate­gies al­low the ques­tions and the coach­ing process the breathing room nec­es­sary for them to work fully. The end re­sult of the coach­ing process—and the book—is af­firm­ing to all in­volved, though Bun­gay Stanier doesn’t shy way from ad­mit­ting that the shift to coach­ing can be down­right difficult. New habit-build­ing tools help to bridge the gap be­tween the­ory and real life.

The Coach­ing Habit is both a quick and a keen read, sug­gest­ing that im­pec­ca­ble thought has been given to every word in the book. Con­sider the per­spec­tive-shift­ing punch of the word “habit” in the ti­tle for ev­i­dence of this.

The book’s de­sign echoes its con­tent, with at­ten­tion given to form and func­tion. Full page call­outs give a good over­view to jump-start some­one who is new to coach­ing or re­fresh a more sea­soned coach. Even with many call­outs, lists, and de­sign el­e­ments, the con­tent is easy to fol­low and di­gest. The re­view pages that add a ques­tion at a time through­out the book help so­lid­ify new learn­ing.

Coach­ing is shown to be coun­ter­cul­tural in some ways; lead­ers have to give up con­trol of the process and de­vo­tion to one right an­swer. At the same time, it is shown to be suited to to­day’s fast­paced, team-cen­tered, ini­tia­tive-tak­ing, re­sults-ori­ented mar­ket. This book is great for any­one who leads or man­ages, in the tra­di­tional sense, or even for those whose role is guid­ing in a broader sense, such as par­ents, teach­ers, coun­selors, and friends.

The Coach­ing Habit lives up the prom­ise and pep of its sub­ti­tle.

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