Podcast: Building strong relationships at work with Michael Bungay Stanier


In order for your work relationships to serve you well, they need to be safe, repairable and vital. In AHRI’s latest podcast episode, coaching expert Michael Bungay Stanier outlines how to make this happen.

What if you could make your trickiest relationships at work just 30 per cent better? Perhaps you figured out a professional way to manage an annoying colleague or address the energy drainer or micromanager in your team.

Small improvements to a working relationship make for significant boosts to your experience at work, says author and coaching expert Michael Bungay Stanier. In the latest episode of AHRI’s podcast, Let’s Take This Offline, Bungay Stanier shares insights from his latest book, How To Work With (Almost) Anyone, which are designed to help you create more robust and resilient relationships with your key stakeholders at work.

We hope you enjoy the discussion, and don’t forget to like and subscribe so you never miss a future episode.

Jump to the section that interests you most:

  • 5:26 minutes – How HR can contribute to forming adult-to-adult relationships at work
  • 6:48 minutes – Michael unpacks the concept of ‘keystone conversations’
  • 9:20 minutes – The three core qualities of healthy workplace relationships
  • 12:26 minutes – How to address underlying issues that can damage workplace relationships
  • 18:08 minutes – Getting buy-in for relationship-building initiatives
  • 22:44 minutes – Overcoming tension between employees and management
  • 27:09 minutes – How to facilitate ‘coaching conversations’ among your people

Download the podcast transcript here.

More resources

If you’d like to put some of Bungay Stainer’s insights into action, you can download his ‘questions that lead to stronger relationships‘ guide or his ‘7 questions for an effective coaching session’ guide.

Want more insights from a range of experts? Listen to the rest of season one of AHRI’s new podcast:

Subscribe to AHRI’s podcast on Spotify, Soundcloud or Apple Podcasts so you never miss an episode. AHRI members receive exclusive bonus content via the LinkedIn AHRI Lounge.

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Podcast: Building strong relationships at work with Michael Bungay Stanier


In order for your work relationships to serve you well, they need to be safe, repairable and vital. In AHRI’s latest podcast episode, coaching expert Michael Bungay Stanier outlines how to make this happen.

What if you could make your trickiest relationships at work just 30 per cent better? Perhaps you figured out a professional way to manage an annoying colleague or address the energy drainer or micromanager in your team.

Small improvements to a working relationship make for significant boosts to your experience at work, says author and coaching expert Michael Bungay Stanier. In the latest episode of AHRI’s podcast, Let’s Take This Offline, Bungay Stanier shares insights from his latest book, How To Work With (Almost) Anyone, which are designed to help you create more robust and resilient relationships with your key stakeholders at work.

We hope you enjoy the discussion, and don’t forget to like and subscribe so you never miss a future episode.

Jump to the section that interests you most:

  • 5:26 minutes – How HR can contribute to forming adult-to-adult relationships at work
  • 6:48 minutes – Michael unpacks the concept of ‘keystone conversations’
  • 9:20 minutes – The three core qualities of healthy workplace relationships
  • 12:26 minutes – How to address underlying issues that can damage workplace relationships
  • 18:08 minutes – Getting buy-in for relationship-building initiatives
  • 22:44 minutes – Overcoming tension between employees and management
  • 27:09 minutes – How to facilitate ‘coaching conversations’ among your people

Download the podcast transcript here.

More resources

If you’d like to put some of Bungay Stainer’s insights into action, you can download his ‘questions that lead to stronger relationships‘ guide or his ‘7 questions for an effective coaching session’ guide.

Want more insights from a range of experts? Listen to the rest of season one of AHRI’s new podcast:

Subscribe to AHRI’s podcast on Spotify, Soundcloud or Apple Podcasts so you never miss an episode. AHRI members receive exclusive bonus content via the LinkedIn AHRI Lounge.

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