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Workshop line-up for our Gathering 2019 + extended Early Bird

We have had an excellent and very international response to the invitation for the Host Leadership Gathering 2019 in Munich.  Alongside the introductory workshop on Thursday 27 June 2019 and the Open Space day on Saturday 29 June 2019, the conference day on Friday 28 June will be packed with interesting topics, presenters, discussions and opportunities.  The line-up will include:

  • Mark McKergow (UK) – Host leadership – the next step steps
  • Bjørn Z. Ekelund (SWE) – Creating space and processes for families of poverty seeking housing opportunities
  • Rolf Katzenberger (GER) – Hosting by treating ‘change’ as a guest, alongside the people
  • Leah Davcheva (BUL) – Can we use Diversity Icebreaker and Host Leadership with teams to mutually enhance their impact?
  • Jessika Jake (USA) – The V-I-C-T-O-R Model… for the Host with the Most
  • Pierluigi Pugliese (ITA/GER)- Be a Useful Host
  • Olga Kiss and Gabriella Peuker (HUN) – Host your team in a relationship retro
  • Athena Valdovinos (USA) – The Game of Continuous Improvement: From Concrete Jungle to… Well, Concrete
  • Stephen Josephs (USA): Attentional practices for hosts

Because assessing and assembling the programme has taken a little longer than anticipated, we are extending the Early Bird discount until 31 May 2019.  To get a great discount on the event, please book soon at https://connexxo.com/events/host-leadership-gathering-2019/#bottom.  There is also information on this site at http://hostleadership.com/host-leadership-gathering-2019/. 

We will be getting more information about the workshops and presenters online very soon.  Hope to see you in Munich!

 

Host Leadership Gathering 2019: 27-29 June – workshop proposals and booking now open

The Host Leadership Gathering 2019 is officially on!  We invite anyone interested in the future of engaging and participative leadership to join us in Munich, Germany on 27-29 June 2019.  The event is focused on learning together, sharing and building the new Host Leadership fieldbook which will be published later in the year.  With content from introductory workshops to more advanced sessions and an Open Space, there will be room for contributions and participation of all kinds.

Event outline: 

  • Thursday 27 June 2019: Host Leadership workshop with Pierluigi Pugliese
  • Friday 28 June 2019: Host Leadership conference
  • Saturday 29 June 2019: Open Space for Host Leadership Fieldbook.

Key dates: 

  • Workshop proposals – 30 April 2019
  • Early bird booking deadline: 15 May 2019
  • Gathering: 27 – 29 June 2019

Full details and booking information are at http://hostleadership.com/host-leadership-gathering-2019/. There are discounts for 2 and 3 day participation.  Make sure you get your workshop proposal in early and register by the early bird deadline of 15 May 2019.  See you there!  Any questions, please contact Mark McKergow (mark@sfwork.com).

Mark’s TEDx talk on host leadership is live and online today!

Host co-author Mark McKergow’s TEDx talk about host leadership is online today! Mark was invited to speak at TEDx Kazimierz in Krakow, Poland earlier in the year, and the resulting talk is now online for all to view!  In the course of his talk Mark connects with the SOLWorld community and Sunday Assembly, both of which he played a role in developing, as examples of host leadership in action.  Watch it, like and share please!

Gareth Southgate – host leader!

England v Belgium - FIFA World Cup 2018 - Group G - Kaliningrad StadiumAs England make somewhat unexpected progress in the World Cup, it’s interesting to take a look at the part played by manager Gareth Southgate.  Southgate is unusual in terms of national team managers/coaches in that he didn’t have a long and distinguished club management career – he only coached one team, Middlesbrough, in the Championship (second tier) from 2006-2009.  He came into the England job having been under-21 coach from 2013, and inherited the top role after Sam Allerdyce ‘left by mutual consent’ following allegations of malpractice.  So, Southgate is not the usual England coach – he’s younger, he’s less encumbered by expectation… and he turns out to have elements of host leadership in his style.

This interesting and uplifting story was posted on Twitter recently by Jake Humphrey, sports commentator and currently host of football on the BT Sport channel.  I reproduce it here – it bears close examination:

“Back in 2007 I was working on Sportsround on CBBC. I spent my time interviewing all kinds of sports people, plenty of whom were footballers.  I quickly got used to being kept waiting 2-3 hours past the time the interview should happen, interviews being cancelled at the last moment, or doing interviews in nondescript rooms to keep us away from seeing training or interrupting players.

Some of the stories you wouldn’t believe!! I didn’t mind it, no worries, it was part of the job, and a kids TV show is hardly the top of everyone’s list!! However, our trip to @Boro about a decade ago couldn’t have been more different.

10 minutes after we were due to chat to Gareth he came running down the small hill from the training complex to the pitch where we were standing, apologising profusely that he got held up in a meeting. He immediately knew my name…and the name of all the crew I was working with! 

Straight away he said ‘come and meet the players’ and took us right into the centre of the training pitch, stopped the players working, and told them about us and how crucial he believed sport was on children’s TV to inspire the next generation.

We were then asked what WE wanted to do. Which players WE wanted to speak to, whether WE wanted to stick around for the whole of training. Nothing was too much trouble. At the end of training, and our filming, he was the one shaking hands, thanking us for coming, seeing us out.

And 10 yrs later he leads his country into our biggest game in a decade. I’m so pleased a good guy is getting what he deserves, & from what I’ve seen of his press conferences, his relationship with the media, & how open his players have been, he has stayed true to his principles.”

southgate columbiaIt’s worth looking at this through the host leadership lens.  Southgate is clearly treating his visitors as honoured guests.  He welcomes them over the threshold (Gatekeeper), he knows who they are and introduces them to others (Connector), he offers them choice and possibilities (Inviter), he takes care of the space (Space-Creator)… so many aspects of great hosting and host leadership on show in this one short story.  Following England’s last-16 win over Columbia, he was widely pictured consoling opposition players (right).  Whatever your allegiances in footballing terms, it’s fascinating to see a new generation of leader who also brings a new generation of leadership with him.

 

Host Leadership Gathering update – lots of great topics and people!

Plans for our 2018 Host Leadership Gathering on 28-29 May 2018 are firming up.  Some of the workshops and topics on the agenda include:

  • Rolf Katzenberger on the dynamics of moving between roles and positions while hosting
  • Helen Bailey on the latest work on a Host Leadership behavioural questionnaire – we’ll be sharing the latest prototype and discussing how to use it
  • Alistair Cockburn on ‘guest leadership’ – his latest idea and an intriguing take on the host-guest relationship
  • Mark McKergow on how the use and application of host leadership ideas is spreading around the world
  • Géry Derbier and Laurent Sarrazin on using host leadership as part of their approach to agile projects and trainings.

There will also be experienced host leadership practitioners from across Europe, open space sessions so you can bring along your own challenges, topics and questions, plenty of time to be together in an exciting and developing part of Paris, and a wonderful opportunity to get some new ideas and practices.  We’re hoping you will join us!

For more information: http://hostleadership.com/gathering.

For booking: https://www.weezevent.com/host-leadership-gathering

For information and questions, contact Mark McKergow himself at mark@sfwork.com.

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Host Leadership Gathering 2018 – Paris, 28-29 May! Tickets available now

HL Gathering 2018 pic crop (2)Wonderful news from us here at Host Leadership.  Plans are coming together for our next Gathering, which will be in Paris, France on 28-29 May 2018.  Tickets are now available.  For more details and to book, head to the Gathering page on this site.  To simply book tickets, go to the booking site.

This event will be of great interest and value if you are:

  • Already using Host Leadership ideas in your work
  • Wishing to learn about Host Leadership in all kinds of settings
  • A leadership development professional wishing to learn about these latest ideas
  • Someone who wants to explore leadership in the context of working with complexity, emergence and uncertainty
  • Someone who wants to hang out with some very interesting people from around the world and have a great time!

We’re looking forward to meeting you in Paris in May. Fantastique!

From Heroic to ‘collective and collaborative’ leadership – new Henley report

Research report HenleyPeter Hawkins, one of the most experienced and respected voices on the leadership and transformation scene in the UK, has just published a new research report for Henley Business School.  Tomorrow’s Leadership and the Necessary Revolution in Today’s Leadership Development brings together interviews, surveys and leading edge thinking in a succinct summary of the state of play in leadership – an important and very approachable read.

One of the key sections (p 18) is about the need to move from Heroic to ‘collective and collaborative’ leadership.  Prof Hawkins writes about how much we hear about the end of heroic leadership, and yet how much leadership development activity is still focused on producing individual heroic leaders.  He quotes a couple of very nice quotes from the research:

“Leadership will increasingly become the skill of enabling a collaborative co-creative process amongst peers.” Mark Drewell, Senior Partner, Foresight Group

“Leadership is becoming less about being the smartest in the room and much more about how we collaborate, work with diverse stakeholders, inspire and bring the best out of others. Being more inclusive and collaborative. It’s about developing our ability to be curious; our ability to explore new approaches, new perspectives, engage different stakeholders and view points, and empathise with diverse perspectives.” Interviewed global HR director

Both of these look to us like reasons for building host leadership into leadership development processes as soon as possible!  We’ll be in touch with Peter Hawkins to discuss this.  In the meantime, the report is an excellent read.

Download the report here.  

NEW! Host Leadership introduction video

We’re delighted to have a new video to share, featuring Mark McKergow himself introducing the concept of host leadership through three leadership metaphors – hero, servant and host.  This intimate presentation was recorded live at a workshop in Helsinki, Finland, and thanks go to Taitoba’s Peter Sundman who both organised the workshop and made the recording.  It’s around seven minutes of Mark’s engaging live presentation style – check it out below.