The 7 questions of impactful leaders

Review of the Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier Your team sometimes just need a bit of support to shine. You can provide this support through changing your leadership approach to one of coaching. Helping people to find their own solutions is more impactful than giving advice, providing rules or direction. You can coach anytime, anywhere, more »

Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help by Edgar Schein

Helping: How to Offer, Give, and Receive Help by Edgar Schein

Michael Bungay Stanier, the interviewee from our last issue, recommended this book, saying that readers can get a real insight into coaching from this well-known and influential writer. Bungay Stanier says “Schein has written about corporate culture and understanding cultures and career anchors. He’s been really influential in a number of different arenas. His most more »

Being human…

Being human…

Giving a talk on The Art of Conversation, I mentioned a kind of conversation called Thing Talk. Thing Talk is conversation about such subjects as weather, cars, fashion, computers, banks, money, widgets and whatsits, facts and information – any subject in fact except the people having the conversation – you and me. Subjects include abstractions such as more »

5 of the best…Twitter influencers

Great leaders never stop learning, they know they can always improve themselves. We have found Twitter to be a great resource for thoughts, ideas and examples. Here are some of the best influencers that we follow and retweet on leadership skills or company culture. Check out our list: Through Alison Green’s Ask a Manager profile more »

The Coaching Habit – Interview with Michael Bungay Stanier

Box of Crayons helps people and organisations to do less Good Work and more Great Work. Michael Bungay Stanier, the founder and senior partner describes what is Great Work in his interview with Eszter Molnar Mills, and talks about building the coaching habit, the topic of his latest book. According to Bungay Stanier, everything you more »

Happy & Productive workplaces – interview with Henry Stewart

Henry Stewart is the founder and Chief Executive of London-based training business Happy Ltd. Happy was rated one of the top 20 workplaces in the UK for 5 successive years and now helps other organisations create happy workplaces. In the interview above he talks to Eszter Molnar Mills about happy workplaces, no-blame culture and how more »

How to coach – Introduction to coaching Part 2

How to coach – Introduction to coaching Part 2

In our last issue we looked at some of the benefits of coaching your team members. Here we consider how you would start coaching. You can coach anytime, anywhere. Your coaching conversations need not be formal or take more than a few minutes. It is however distinguished from other management activity by two key points: more »