How to Work with (Almost) Anyone

Five Questions for Building the Best Possible Relationships

Michael Bungay Stanier

The secret to work relationships that sing from a top thought-leader in coaching

Have you ever had the experience of working with someone … and they just didn’t “get” you? For whatever reason, they do all the things that wind you up, put you off and drive you nuts.

And … have you ever had the experience of working with someone … and you just didn’t “get” them? You couldn’t figure out what made them tick, and you know you were underwhelming as a manager and leader for them.
Of course, you have. We all have.

And why, we wonder, do those experiences keep happening? Particularly when we’ve also experienced the opposite: great working relationships that soar.

In How To Work with (Almost) Anyone, internationally bestselling, celebrated author Michael Bungay Stanier (MBS) shares a tested process that sets up working relationships for the best possible success. It shows you how to communicate about who you are and what brings out the best and the worst in you. It gives you the tools to talk with your colleagues about each of your operating manuals, and to set a social contract for how you’ll work together (not just what you’ll be working on). It teaches you how to keep relationships strong and healthy, clear and clean.

Not every relationship can be rainbows and unicorns and free-flowing ginger beer. But everyone who relates can do a better job at amplifying the best of each other, navigating the dark spots, and staying resilient and generous. With How To Work with (Almost) Anyone, MBS reveals the secret to better, more successful relationships.

Michael Bungay Stanier has a gift for distilling big, complex ideas into practical, accessible knowledge for everyday people that helps them be a force for good.

His books have sold over a million copies, with The Coaching Habit topping the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. MBS has been featured on the blogs and social media platforms of thought leaders including Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, and Brené Brown, and has appeared on ABC, BBC, CBC,, and innumerable podcasts—as well as in notable publications including the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Inc., and Fast Company.

MBS is the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company, that helps organizations move from advice-driven action to curiosity-led transformation. They have trained more than half a million people for clients including Microsoft, Salesforce, TELUS and Gucci.

Before establishing Box of Crayons, MBS’s accomplishments included publishing an academic article on James Joyce and a Harlequin-esque short story; playing small roles in helping invent Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust pizza and creating “one of the worst single-malt whiskies in existence”; and spending 20 minutes writing what has remained GlaxoSmithKline’s global vision for more than 20 years.

A former Rhodes Scholar, MBS is an Australian who now lives in Toronto, Canada.

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ISBN 978-1-77458-265-7
$21.95 CAD $17.95 USD
Published June 27, 2023
5 × 7 192 Pages