Michael Bungay Stanier

Senior Partner, Box of Crayons

George Orwell said, "An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something
disgraceful." In that vein, Michael was banned from his high school graduation for "the balloon
incident", was sued by one of his Law School lecturers for defamation, and managed to give
himself a concussion while digging a hole as a labourer...
Luckily, there's also been some upside. He is the author of a number of books, and the one he
is best known for with 90,000 copies sold is Do More Great Work. However, the one he's
proudest of is End Malaria, a collection of articles about Great Work from thought leaders that's
raised about $400,000 for Malaria No More and reached #2 on Amazon.com.
Michael also organized the Great Work MBA, a virtual conference featuring 30 world class
speakers and which had more than 10,000 registered participants.
All of this is done as founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps
organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. Their focus is on helping timecrunched
managers coach in 10 minutes or less, and their Fortune 500 clients include TD Bank,
Kraft, Gartner and VMWare.
This is not your grandmother’s coaching workshop. People said that it felt fresh and
contemporary. It felt different and simple and practical and relevant.
Stacey Porter, Director Talent Development, Intuitive Surgical
Michael is a well-regarded speaker, and as well as speaking to organizations he regularly
keynotes at conferences such as HRPA, SHRM, CSTD, the Evanta HR Leadership series and
The Conference Board of Canada. He's known for sessions that are highly engaging, interactive
and entertaining. And for his colourful Box of Crayons socks.
"Michael hits just the right balance of stimulus, depth, practicality and entertainment!
Already, many of the ideas are in the language across British Gas and we are
starting to see some real results."
Laura Walker, Head of Training, British Gas
Before Box of Crayons, Michael spent time inventing products and services as part of an
innovation agency, and working as a management consultant on large scale change, where
amongst other things he wrote the global vision for GlaxoSmithKline.
Michael was a Rhodes Scholar and the first Canadian Coach of the Year.
“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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