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The Advice Trap

Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever

Michael Bungay Stanier



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Page Two Books, Inc.
01 March 2020
From the author of the runaway bestseller The Coaching Habit comes an authoritative guide to getting the most out of your workforce-and it all starts with curbing your urge to dole out advice.

In The Advice Trap, bestselling author, speaker, and leadership coach Michael Bungay Stanier shares his invaluable insights into developing team members' professional performance, using tips that even the busiest managers can put into play. Learn how to confront and quell the three advice monsters that lurk inside us all, and how to resist the seven temptations that can ensnare even the most well-meaning manager. With his trademark wit and wisdom, Michael shows you exactly how to ask questions that drive impact and engagement, eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive. He takes you through examples of common problem situations, and reveals how to overcome them by using his everyday coaching tips. Finally, he shows you how to attain the highest level of engagement with his blackbelt tools of employee interaction: transparency, lightness and deep appreciation.

A companion to The Coaching Habit, The Advice Trap gives you the power to say less, ask more-and change how you lead forever 'Another delicious shot of practical genius from Michael Bungay Stanier.' - Liane Davey, author of The Good Fight 'The Advice Trap is the antidote for bureaucratic inertia. You cannot be a leader if you do not own this book.' - Jennifer Paylor, People engineer, executive leadership development, and coaching leader for enterprise operations and services, IBM 'Being a coach-like manager and being coached is a core part of our culture at Microsoft - it's how talented people thrive and grow. Michael Bungay Stanier has helped evolve how we think about coaching and how it can bring our growth mindset to life.' - Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft Global Sales; marketing and operations EVP, Microsoft Corporation
By:   Michael Bungay Stanier
Imprint:   Page Two Books, Inc.
Country of Publication:   Canada
Dimensions:   Height: 191mm,  Width: 133mm, 
ISBN:   9781989025758
ISBN 10:   1989025757
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 March 2020
Recommended Age:   From 18 to 100 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Bungay Stanier is a leading coaching expert, renowned keynote speaker, and bestselling author of The Coaching Habit, which has sold more than 500,000 print copies since its 2016 release, and Do More Great Work (100,000 copies sold). His follow-up to The Coaching Habit,The Advice Trap, will be released in February 2020. Michael is the founder of Box of Crayons, a company that strengthens leadership and culture within organizations by giving busy managers and leaders the tools to coach in a way that works. Under Michael's guiding influence, Box of Crayons designs and delivers programs that reframe how people think about coaching as a strategic skill. He works with clients from all sectors, including Microsoft, Volvo, the United Nations, Sotheby's, and PwC. A Rhodes Scholar and an influential thinker in the coaching space, Michael was selected by Marshall Goldsmith as the #1 Thought Leader in Coaching in the world. He lives in Toronto.

Reviews for The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever

Michael Bungay Stanier distills the essentials of coaching to seven core questions. And if you master his simple yet profound technique, you'll get a two-fer. You'll provide more effective support to your employees and co-workers. And you may find that you become the ultimate coach for yourself. --Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive Coaching is an art, and it's far easier said than done. It takes courage to ask a question rather than offer up advice, provide an answer or unleash a solution. Giving another person the opportunity to find their own way, make their own mistakes and create their own wisdom is both brave and vulnerable. It can also mean unlearning our fix it habits. In this practical and inspiring book, Michael shares seven transformative questions that can make a difference in how we lead and support. And he guides us through the tricky part: how to take this new information and turn it into habits and a daily practice. --Bren Brown, author of Rising Strong and Daring Greatly What can you do to become a better leader? Michael asks and answers this question by offering aspiring leaders seven thoughtful questions that will change their leadership habits. This book is full of practical, useful and interesting questions, ideas and tools that will guide any leader trying to be better. --Dave Ulrich, co-author of The Why of Work and The Leadership Code

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