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Michael Bungay Stanier      

Author of Do More Great Work and Innovative Expert on Human Capital

Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. Box of Crayons is best known for their coaching programs that help time-crunched managers coach in 10 minutes or less.

On the way to founding Box of Crayons ten years ago, Bungay Stanier lived in Australia, England, the U.S. and Canada, his current home, where he worked in the fields of innovation and change management. He's written a number of books, the best known of which is Do More Great Work, created a series of short internet videos that have been seen by millions of people around the world, and organized the Great Work MBA, a virtual conference that had 10,000 registrants.

He's proudest of the book End Malaria, a collection of essays about Great Work from thought leaders that has raised $400,000 for Malaria No More. He was also banned from his high school graduation for "the balloon incident", sued by one of his law school lecturers for defamation, and sustained himself a concussion while digging a hole as a laborer. He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year and a Rhodes Scholar.

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Do More Great Work

People are busy, overcommitted, over connected and overwhelmed. They're working hard, but are they having the impact that they, and you, want them to have? What if they were able to do more of the work that matters, more Great Work? This useful, provocative and highly interactive session is based on Michael Bungay Stanier's best-selling, powerful and strategic productivity tool and Amazon.com best-seller, Do More Great Work. The session is based on a simple but powerful model: Good Work vs. Great Work. Participants work with that model and create new insights and strategies around how they spend their time, what really matters and how they can bring more focus, courage and resilience into the work they do. Participants will leave not only with new insights and new energy but also with a plan to do something different right away.

The 5 Question Leader: the secret to working less hard and having more impact

Managers and leaders find themselves stuck in three vicious circles. They’re frustrated by teams who have become overdependent on them. They’re overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do. They’re disconnected from their own Great Work: the work that has impact, the work that has meaning. Sound familiar?

Breaking out of those vicious circles is simpler than you might think.

Mastering five essential questions can help managers and leaders increase the focus, courage and resilience they need to have more impact in the work they do.

In this practical, interactive and engaging session participants will:

• discover the three vicious circles that keep managers – and their teams – stuck

• learn the five core questions they need so they (and those they lead) can focus on the work that matters

• get three quick-to­-master techniques to ask a question well (it’s harder to do than it sounds!)

• find the Best Coaching Question in the World (and it has just three words)

• and understand how to apply the New Habit Formula to convert insight into new, sustainable behaviours.

This 60-90 minute program is based on Michael Bungay Stanier’s new book The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever.

David Allen calls it a “brilliant how­-to manual”, Dan Pink says the book “distills the essentials of coaching” and Brené Brown calls it “practical and inspiring”.

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