The Coaching Habit is a book by Michael Bungay Stanier (aka MBS). In telling you about the book, I feel I am giving away many of my secrets. But, yeap, they are not mine.
The subtitle is: “Say Less, Ask More and Change the Way You Lead Forever.” It is just perfectly telling everything.
The book is for leaders. Leaders who are in a manager or an individual contributor role.
In seven questions, the author can cover everything that matters. Here they are:
1- The Kickstart Question: What’s on your mind?
2- The AWE Question: And what else?
3- The Focus Question: What’s the real challenge here for you?
4- The Foundation Question: What do you want?
5- The Lazy Question: How can I help?
6- The Strategic Question: If you are saying yes to this, what are you saying no to?
7- The Learning Question: What was most useful for you?
And that’s all!
Of course, that is not really all. It is just a summary, valuable only because I read the book and experimented with the power of the questions.
In the book, you will learn the rationale behind using the questions and develop your ability to be curious, which is the real secret.
Curiosity is everything.