41. Michael Bungay Stanier: The Coaching Habit

Today my guest is Michael Bungay Stainer, founder and CEO of Box of Crayons and author of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More and Change the Way You Lead Forever. He’s also written Do More Great Work: Stop the Busy Work, Start the Work that Matters.

Box of Crayons is a company that helps organizations do less good work and more great work. Michael is a teacher of 10 minute coaching, to help busy managers and leaders build stronger teams and get better results. Michael is someone that I’ve met through Marshall Goldsmith’s MG 100 and his book is a kind of book that when I learned of it, I started to see it and hear it about it everywhere. I picked it up and I found that it’s an extraordinarily useful little book. Michael says in this interview that he was his aim to write the shortest book possible that was still useful. He also talks about the best question in the world, which he shares in this interview and how to use it, and why you would want to.

Michael was the first Canadian coach of the year in 2006, he was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University and he has written for all kinds of publications. Michael is a very smart, thoughtful, engaging thought leader who can help you become a better whatever you already are. Enjoy.

02:47 – What’s life about?
10:36 – Creating books as an experience.
13:52 – Two ways of using stories.
18:06 – A great opening question.
22:46 – Finishing a conversation.
32:57 – Lightning round.
44:34 – Lessons learned.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Michael Bungay Stainer books.
Box of Crayons
The Coaching Habit by Michael Bungay Stanier

40. Mark Thompson: The World’s #1 CEO Coach

Hello my friends, today my guest is Mark Thompson. He’s the world’s #1 CEO coach, a title that he inherited from Marshall Goldsmith, our friend and mentor. Mark is in the MG100 with me (the Marshall Goldsmith 100). He’s a leader inside that group, a member of 50 Thinkers.

He is also the coach to some of the top leaders in business including – Lyft’s CEO and cofounder Logan Green, Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp, the CEO of the World Bank Jim Kim, Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, Charles Schwab, Steve Jobs. He went to high school with Steve Jobs and he was at Stanford with Jim Collins. One of only two people I’ve ever met who’s coached Tony Robbins. He talks about that in this interview

He’s one of these people that seems to know everybody. He’s been everywhere. Of course Mark is also a New York Times bestselling author. He has written Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value, that he coauthored with his wife Bonita Thompson.

00:04:08 – What’s life about?
00:05:13 – The bridge from passion to contribution
00:23:23 – One exercise Mark does with all C-Suite Executives
00:34:40 – What’s it like to coach Tony Robbins?
01:05:05 – Lightning round questions
01:11:16 – Mark Thompson’s travel hack
01:26:40 – What’s the most important thing on the path to publishing?
Success Built To Last: Creating A Life That Matters
Admired: 21 Ways To Double Your Value
Mark Thompson on LinkedIn
C Suite Masterclass: Choose Your Battles

39. Dan Brule: Just Breathe

Hello my friends, today my guest is Dan Brule, author of Breathwork: A 3-Week Breathing Program to Gain Clarity, Calm, and Better Health.

Dan is somebody that I first learned about when I heard him on a podcast of a previous guest of mine. Mark Divine talked about, you guessed it, breathwork or breathing. Now I want to admit and I say this in my conversation with Dan here, that I’ve had such little appreciation for the power and the value of breath over the first 40-ish years of my life. It’s only something that recently I’ve come to understand more about and I really enjoyed Dan’s book. He has spent four decades traveling the world, learning what he can from anybody who knows about breathing techniques that he didn’t know about. He’s putting them into this book.

Dan is a modern-day teacher, healer, and a world-renowned pioneer in this field of breathwork. Dan is awesome. I’m so grateful to him for coming on this show and I’m grateful to you for listening. So please enjoy this conversation with Dan Brule and may your life never be the same, in a good way.

00:02:35 – What’s life about?
00:12:45 – What is it like to teach Tony Robbins?
00:24:22 – Why would Just Breathe benefit someone?
00:47:38 – Knowing a person’s destiny from observing their breath.
01:15:27 – Feeling the intensity to breathe.
01:28:01 – The lightning round.
01:34:40 – Questions about the creative process.

Breathwork: A 3-Week Breathing Program to Gain Clarity, Calm, and Better Health
Dan Brule Instagram
Breath Mastery
Contact Dan Brule

38. James Wallman: Time and How to Spend It

Hello my friends today, my guest is James Wallman. James is the author of Stuffocation: Why we’ve had enough of stuff and need experience more than ever, which he published in 2013 and in this conversation we explore ideas in his new book, Time and How to Spend it: The Seven Rules for Richer, Happier Days, which was published this year in 2019.

I think this is a very timely book because as James asserts, we have more free time than ever – and he quantifies that. There’s some scientific research, quite a lot of it in this book actually, but he shows how even though we have more free time than ever before, we feel greater time scarcity than ever before. And he talks about why that is and how important it is to use our time, especially our free time.

00:02:43 – What’s life about?
00:12:42 – Free time is harder to enjoy than work.
00:31:33 – Reframing our life stories.
00:37:52 – Smartphone during sex.
00:55:39  – Lightning round.
01:11:06 – How to connect with James.
01:14:07 – Writing advice.

Time and How to Spend it
Contact James Wallman