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Michael Bungay Stanier

“My name is Michael. I can hop. Do you want to see me hop?” That’s how I introduced myself to bemused strangers at the supermarket when I was three. Not much has changed, although my mum is a little less embarrassed. Here’s the formal bio, with the best bits at the end.

Michael Bungay Stanier is at the forefront of shaping how organizations around the world make being coach-like an essential leadership competency. His book The Coaching Habit is the best-selling coaching book of this century, with over 700,000 copies sold and 1,000+ five-star reviews on Amazon. In 2019, he was named the #1 thought leader in coaching by Thinkers50, the so-called Oscars of management. Michael was also the first Canadian coach of the year and has been named a Global Coaching Guru since 2014. He was a Rhodes Scholar.

Michael’s the founder of Box of Crayons. Box of Crayons champions coaching skills as a force for manager excellence and leader capability. We help shift organizational cultures from advice-led to curiosity-driven, and in doing so enable better people and better performance. Box of Crayons’ clients are global. You can learn more at

Michael’s a compelling keynote speaker, combining practicality, humour, and an unprecedented degree of engagement with the audience. He’s spoken around the world in front of crowds ranging from ten to ten thousand. You can learn more at

En route to today—and these are essential parts of his origin story—Michael knocked himself unconscious as a labourer by hitting himself in the head with a shovel, he mastered stagecraft at law school by appearing in a skit called Synchronized Nude Male Modelling, and his first paid piece of writing was a Harlequin Romance-esque story involving a misdelivered letter … and called The Male Delivery.