Giant Thinkers Podcast

Michael Bungay Stanier, world-renowned Coach on staying in a state of ‘unknowingness’ just a little bit longer

July 13, 2020

Giants, welcome to episode #79. Our guest today is at the forefront of making coaching an everyday leadership behaviour. He’s the author of The Coaching Habit ... the best-selling coaching book of this century with over 700,000 copies sold and over 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. His new book, The Advice Trap, focuses on what it takes to stay curious a little bit longer and tame your Advice Monster.

In 2019, he was named the #1 thought leader in coaching, and was shortlisted for the coaching prize by Thinkers50, the “Oscars of management”. He is also the founder of Box of Crayons; a learning and development company that helps organisations transform from advice driven to curiosity-led.


Some of the topics we spoke about include:

  • How to shift from advice-driven to curiosity-led
  • The importance of staying in a state of ‘unknowingness’ just a little bit longer
  • How to tame our ‘Advice Monster’
  • How people can influence their organisations culture
  • And his recommended ‘what’ based questions (there’s a bunch that he shares and they are powerful – you’ll be able to use them right away)


So if you’re someone that’s interested in being more coach-like, and putting curiosity at the heart of how you communicate, behave and lead, with a connectedness to business outcomes and individual growth, then this episode is for you.

Now a quick note from me, if we aren’t connected yet on Instagram, I invite you to follow me on my handle @TheGiantThinker as I share daily posts and stories on helping decision-makers, business owners and leaders get unstuck lightning fast through human-centred design methodologies, creative strategies and personal experiences. Send me a DM I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on my handle @TheGiantThinker.

Alright, let’s get stuck in.

I present to you … the highly-energetic, compelling and hyper-practical ... Michael Bungay Stanier!




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