Michael’s Keynote Topics

Do More Great Work

People are busy. They’re overcommitted, over-connected and overwhelmed. They’re working hard, sure  … but are they having the impact that they (and you) want them to have?

What if people were able to work less hard, but have more impact? What if they were able to do more of the work that matters? What if they were able to do more Great Work?

This useful, provocative and highly interactive session is based on Michael’s best selling powerful strategic productivity tool and Amazon.com best-seller, Do More Great Work. 

The session is based on a simple but powerful model: Good Work vs Great Work. During the talk, participants work with that model and create new insights and strategies about how they spend their time, what really matters and how they can bring more focus, courage and resilience into the work they do.

Participants will leave not only with new insights and new energy but also with a plan to do something different right away.

This keynote is particularly effective as the opening keynote of a conference, as it provides a framework for participants to extract greater value from the rest of the conference.

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 who have become overdependent on them. They’re overwhelmed by the amount of work they have to do. 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.

Mastering five essential questions can help managers and leaders increase the focus, courage and resilience they need to have more impact in the work they do.

In this practical, interactive and engaging session participants will:

• discover the three vicious circles that keep managers – and their teams – stuck

• learn the five core questions they need so they (and those they lead) can focus on the work that matters

• get three quick-to­-master techniques to ask a question well (it’s harder to do than it sounds!)

• find the Best Coaching Question in the World (and it has just three words)

• and understand how to apply the New Habit Formula to convert insight into new, sustainable behaviours.

This 60-90 minute program is based on Michael Bungay Stanier’s new book The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever.

David Allen calls it a “brilliant how­-to manual”, Dan Pink says the book “distills the essentials of coaching” and Brené Brown calls it “practical and inspiring”.

All of these keynote can range between 60 minutes to half a day.


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You really seemed to get who we were. I loved the whole interactive part of it, the level of energy you were able to create but still pull us back in. We kept hearing comments that we hit it out of the park with the opening keynote.There were people talking about Bad Work, Good Work and Great Work in the remainder of the conference. It shaped conversations and became the thread that tied everything together.”Rebecca Harris, CSAE

I’ve been developing business conferences for The Conference Board of Canada for over 10 years now during which time I’ve likely seen and heard close to two thousand speakers. I have no hesitation in saying you are one of the best I’ve ever seen. Your average rating of 4.9 out of 5 across both events confirms this judgement.”John Brewer, Conference Board of Canada

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

Michael shows us how careers can be transformed from mindless mediocrity to work wanderlust where everyday is a joyous adventure of discovering meaning in what you do. He rewrites the old mantra of ‘hard work is fun’ to ‘great work is fun’!”
Joyce Russell, President and COO, Adecco General Staffing USA