"The 5 Question Leader: The Secret to working Less Hard and Having More Impact" 

Managers and leaders find themselves stuck in three vicious circles. They’re frustrated by teams that have become over dependent on them. They’re overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do. And they’re disconnected from their own Great Work—the work that has impact, the work that has meaning.

Sound familiar?

Breaking out of those vicious circles is simpler than you might think.

Understanding the power of Great Work and mastering the Five Essential Questions can help managers, leaders and coaches increase the focus, courage and resilience they need to have more impact in the work they do.

In this practical, interactive and engaging keynote, participants will:

  • Discover the three vicious circles that keep them—and their teams—stuck.
  • Understand the difference between Good Work and Great Work—and why they should even care.
  • Learn the five core questions they need so they (and those they lead) can focus on the work that matters.
  • Find the Best Coaching Question in the World (it has just three words).
  • Understand how to apply the New Habit Formula to convert insight into new, sustainable behaviours.

Michael’s fresh innovative approach to his work challenges the way we habitually think and is based on research in neuroscience and behavioural economics. At the end of this session, you’ll know where you want to better spend your time, and you’ll have the tools to help you get there. 


Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder of Box of Crayons, a company best known for teaching 10-minute coaching so that busy managers can build stronger teams and get better results.

On the way to founding Box of Crayons in 2002, Michael lived in Australia, England, the United States and Canada, his current home.

He has written a number of books. His latest, the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Coaching Habit, has sold over 350,000 copies. It has been praised as one of the few business books that actually makes people laugh out loud. He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year, is a Rhodes Scholar, and was recently recognized as the #3 Global Guru in coaching. Balancing out these moments of success, Michael was banned from his high school graduation for “the balloon incident,” was sued by one of his law school lecturers for defamation, and his first published piece of writing was a Harlequin romance short story called “The Male Delivery.”

"If I had to pick a person to have dinner with, when I need to be prodded and challenged and inspired to think about the things I really am committed to think about for myself and what I’m doing, I’d pick Michael Bungay Stanier. He has an ability to shake our tree and make us more conscious and responsible about what we know but aren’t willing to admit we know yet." —David Allen, author of Getting Things Done

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