Michael is the Senior Partner at Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work.
He’s the author of several books, including The Coaching Habit and Do More Great Work. Michael has written for or been featured in numerous publications including Business Insider, Fast Company, Forbes, The Globe & Mail and The Huffington Post.
At Box of Crayons, Michael and his team of facilitators teach 10-minute coaching so busy managers build stronger teams and get better results. Clients come from all sectors and include Box, the United Nations, Gartner, the University Health Network and USAA. A sought-after speaker, Michael regularly speaks to businesses and organizations and has delivered keynotes at Leadership, HR and Learning & Development, conferences around the world, including ATD, SHRM, IPL, HRPA and the Conference Board of Canada.
Balancing out these moments of success, Michael was banned from his high school graduation for “the balloon incident”, was sued by one of his Law School lecturers for defamation, and his first published piece of writing was a Mills & Boone short story called “The Male Delivery.”
Michael left Australia 25 years ago to be a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where his only significant achievement was falling in love with a Canadian, which is why he now lives in Toronto, having spent time in London and Boston. He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year.
Michael is a coach's coach. Our conversation became a two-way interview on leadership, values, and acting on them. He both shared openly and got me to share a lot of why I created this podcast.
I was pleasantly surprised that though he wasn't sure what to do specifically, he had thought about acting on the environment. I think a lot of people feel the same way. If that fits you---that you want to act but don't know how---our conversation may give you direction.
He took an a personal challenge for himself and his wife that most people would probably enjoy. Listen on.
Show Notes :
Box of Crayons – which business is Michael in and what kind of tools does he use? [5:15]
What happened to the sense of the inconvenient truth and that of leadership? - [9:37]
How do the environmental challenges connect to personal values? - [16:45]
The tragedy of the commons and do you care about it? - [20:00]
Is the issue for you avoiding the thin veneer of civilization from disappearing or protecting that? - [26:33]
What does Michael choose as a challenge? - [29:23]
It’s not a knowing problem, it's a doing problem - [33:44]
100-mile diet while 100 miles away from home - [40:10]
"The Coaching Habit" by Michael Bungay Stanier
"Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air" by David J. C. MacKay