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Welcome to the Mastering Midlife Podcast where we explore life at it’s most stressful and most productive.  We will be featuring conversations with experts in the field of Mental Health, Executive Leadership, Business, Health, Exercise, Nutrition, Sex, and Relationship.  Midlife is a powerful time, and together we will learn to “thrive when the world asks the most of us.”

May 20, 2020



Michael Bungay Stanier is at the forefront of making coaching an everyday leadership behavior. He is the author of The Coaching Habit ... the best-selling coaching book of this century with over 700,000 copies sold and 1,000+ five-star reviews on Amazon. His new book, The Advice Trap, focus 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 was a Rhodes Scholar. Michael is also the founder of Box of Crayons ... a learning and development company that helps organizations transform from advice- driven to curiosity-led.

Leaders need to be intentional now more than ever. People respond to the strongest signal in the room. They crave certainty (we all crave certainty) and often we can’t offer that. Michael brings his tool box to help us deepen our relationships and source the best leadership style in a time when all of us are not quite our best.

Michael’s focus is on building curiosity-based cultures in organizations (and everywhere). Here he shows us that now is the perfect time for curiosity, presence and empathy are super powers.


“The hunger that people have, especially in a time like this is for certainty.” – Michael Bungay Stanier


Today on Mastering Midlife:


  • Relationship is the goal of leadership
  • “I -It” Relationships vs “I – Though” Relationships
  • People respond to the strongest signal in the room.
  • Walking the line between the dark and the light to meet people where they are
  • Why optimists died first in the concentration camps
  • Curiosity leads to you being smarter, more compassionate, present and engaged.
  • The Advice Monster – the enemy of curiosity
    • The Tell It Monster
    • The Save It Monster
    • The Control It Monster



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