Announcement Archive

A new host leadership tool – Opt In Meetings

op in meeting logo onlyWe have just released our first Host Leadership tool – Opt In Meetings.  This is a simple format/set of rules to make your meetings more engaging, energizing and effective – throw a meeting as a host, and invite folks along!

Check out the details at and give it a try!  We’d love to hear from you.  Please leave comments on this format below – it will be evolving with your help.

Host book is out on Monday 6 October 2014

Host cover 2We’re delighted to announce that our book Host: Six new roles of engagement for teams, organizations, communities and movements will be published on Monday 6 October.

Great engagement is the key to truly successful leadership, and the secret to moving forward is knowing when to step back… It is no longer about being the hero,  the one who has to make everything happen. There is another way: be the host.  This book reveals why Host Leadership is set to become a pioneering concept in 21st century management.  The book will allow you to:

  • Understand how to apply hosting strategies in your organization to achieve greater agility, flexibility and responsiveness
  • Become a leader with a highly tuned sense of relationship building and engagement
  • Learn how to step into and out of the six NEW roles of engagement
  • Adopt the four positions for a Host Leader

“A genuinely new view of leadership – practical and profound.”  Jack Canfield

“Being a great host helps you to be a great networker.  This practical book will help you build relationships and engagement both inside and outside your organization.”   Dr Ivan Misner, founder, BNI

“A great mix of research, philosophy, stories and insight into what real leadership is about.”  Mike Brent, Ashridge Business School

The book will be available in print and Kindle editions around the world.  The key details:

Publication Monday 6 October 2014 by Solutions Books, London

224 pages paperback, £11.99, $16, also on Kindle

ISBN 978-0954974985

Host Leadership book preview now available for community members

Preview book coverI am thrilled to say that after a lot of work at the end of last year and in January, we have a preview of the host leadership book.  It’s called Host Leadership: The new rules ROLES of engagement, and it’s available just for community members right now on our downloads page:

If you’re not yet a community member, you can sign up free in the box on the right hand side of the screen.  This also lets you access more of Mark and Helen’s writing and articles on the topic of host leadership.

The preview features a cover design, our latest position of Host Leadership and a taste of the kind of thing we’re working on for the finished book – a mix of big ideas, untold and new stories, and practical activities.  Let us know what you think!

We are aiming to have the final book out in May 2014.  We will be loading draft chapters here very soon, so you can get the first looks and offer feedback and ideas.

UK is No 1 in global soft power survey

The UK has risen to the top of the world in soft power. That’s the conclusion of the hipster’s choice magazine Monocle’s third Soft Power index, reported in November 2012. We’re up from last year’s number 2 position on the back of the Olympics, Premier League football being screened in what seems like every bar in Asia and Africa, and James Bond. Continue reading

The art of asking – invitation in the music industry

I’ve just been sent this TED talk by Amanda Palmer about the ‘Art of Asking’. Palmer is a musician and performer, was dropped by her label despite some early success and turned to crowd-funding (specifically Kickstarter) to raise money. By inviting her supporters to join her at gigs, even come on stage for a few numbers, she has grown a community of 25,000 people and raised $1.2 million (even though she only asked for $100,000) – the biggest Kickstarter yet. Continue reading

Leadership metaphors from the World Open Space

wosonos2012A few weeks ago I joined in with the World Open Space on Open Space (WOSonOS) 2012 here in London.  People came from all over the world to Stoke Newington Town Hall in North London for three days of Open Space activity – about using Open Space.  Open Space originator Harrison Owen was there, and it was excellent to meet him again over 15 years since I first came across him and Open Space. Continue reading

Hosting the world – the inside secrets from London 2012

2012 has been a wonderful year to be living in London.   On July 27 the Olympics turned overnight from an expensive charade into a fantastic, community-building festival with the whole world arriving to join in.  I remember seeing my first London 2012 volunteer on the Tube that day, and thinking “Smart uniform – but I wonder what they do..?”.  Well, it all became clear as over the following fortnight the Games Makers – all 70,000 of them – made the biggest impact on the Games, the visitors and the spirit of the occasion. Continue reading

Leadership and Hosting: Mosimann’s event report

Around 30 people gathered yesterday at the exclusive Mosimann’s dining club in the heart of London’s Belgravia for a ground-breaking event.  Firstly, this was the inaugral Leaders@Mosimanns dinner, hosted by Elaine Mosimann as a way of connecting her twin passions of leadership development and fine dining.  In addition, it was the first event in the UK to centre on the new leadership paradigm of ‘Leader as Host, Host as Leader’.  Continue reading