Margaret Wheatley has been writing about leadership in connection with complexity with some time now, and I am delighted that she sees a connection between working with a complex world and hosting. I just came across her new article (co-authored by Deborah Frieze) as the featured article at the Berkana Institute website – Leadership in the age of complexity: from hero to host. I particularly like the way she looks at why we continue to yearn for heroes – even if we know that it’s more or less a forelorn hope.
Read the article at http://berkana.org/berkana_articles/leadership-in-the-age-of-complexity/, or download the pdf from http://berkana.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/New_Leadership-in-the-Age-of-Complexity.pdf.
I (Mark) run an online course with the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Solutions Focus Business Professional. Over 16 weeks we cover all kinds of aspects of the SF approach relating to management and coaching, with a worldwide group – it’s a fantastic experience. One of the readings is my Leader as Host, Host as Leader paper. Krassimir Yanev, one of our participants from Bulgaria (pictured right), offered this great summary connecting the manager as host with the idea of ‘Inbetween’ from The Solutions Focus book: Continue reading
I’ve just come across a very nice blog post from Claire Reinelt from the Stanford Social Innovation Review Opinion Blog – very coherent with hosting rather than trying to be too clever and directive. Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/32o877p.