Lancefield on the Line

Michael Bungay Stanier: How to start doing something that matters

March 16, 2022 David Lancefield Season 2 Episode 10
Lancefield on the Line
Michael Bungay Stanier: How to start doing something that matters
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How many of us set goals for ourselves? It might be in one of those dreadful HR processes at work. Or a memorable event during the year, like New Year or your birthday. We write them down, sometimes share them with family and friends, work at them. But how many of them help us really get somewhere?

Too often we settle for the status quo, or baby steps. But what would it take to do something that really matters in life. To develop goals, Worthy Goals, that are thrilling, important and daunting. 

In this discussion, Michael Bungay-Stanier or MBS, the author, coach, and speaker shares the highlights of his book ‘How to Begin: start doing something that matters’. He sets out a process to find your Worthy Goal, commit to it, and cross the threshold to begin. He challenges us to avoid a life half-lived. To unlock our greatness to work on the hard things. 

More about Michael:

Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of six books which between them have sold more than a million copies. He’s best known for The Coaching Habit, the best-selling coaching book of the century and already recognized as a classic. Michael was a Rhodes Scholar and plays the ukulele badly. He’s Australian, and lives in Toronto, Canada. Learn more here. Michael founded Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations transform from advice-driven to curiosity-led.

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An urgency to change
A life well lived
The hardest part of coming up with a Worthy Goal
Qualities and risks
Inner work
The paradox of structure and innovation
Empowerment and accountability
Scaling the ideas in an organisation
This not that
Leaving people behind
How to begin