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New review of Host book from Ashridge Executive Education

Host - Six New Roles of Engagement by Mark McKergow Ph.D. & Helen BaileyOur book Host has another review – this time from Kevin Barham of Ashridge Executive Education, one of the leading business schools internationally and now a part of the Hult group.  The review is on an internal website for Ashridge people so I can’t link to it, but here is what he says:

“Host offers a genuinely original approach to leadership which, while it is new to contemporary management, is based on a philosophy with ancient roots. It is founded on the metaphor of the leader as host – someone who receives guests. Rules will not deal with the complexity and uncertainty that face leaders today. There are no simple answers, and no one individual can possibly know what to do. Engagement is key – getting people together to work on the issues. This demands a shift of mindset from the leader as hero to the leader as “engager” – someone who engages fellow participants in a worthwhile endeavour. Instead of rules we need to think of “roles of engagement”. Six roles for the Host Leader are described: Initiator, Inviter, Space Creator, Gatekeeper, Connector, Co-Participator. Host Leadership may become one of the most pioneering concepts in 21st century management. The book is definitely inspiring reading.”​

Reviewed by Kevin Barham

Host Leadership for school principals – new article online

PrincipiaThe Australian teaching magazine Principia – published by the Queensland Secondary Principal’s Assocation  – has published a feature about host leadership.  The article, by Nick Burnett and Jason Pascoe is entitled ‘Getting the balance right – a new metaphor for school leaders’.  You can read it as a pdf by clicking on the image or via this link.

 

It’s Midsummer! Good time for a Finnish hosting poem

finlandJenny and I are just back from a week in Finland, where we gave a well-received two day Host Leadership workshop in Helsinki.  I had an email afterwards from Marike Tammeaid, who gave me the traditional Finnish greeting song for when a guest arrives.  It’s from the Finnish national epic poem Kalevala.  Finland is known as one of the very few ‘silent’ cultures in Europe, where people are happy to keep their own company most of the time.  In this context, having a guest around is even more important than it is in other cultures.

Let the door’s lintels rise
with the guest not taking hat off
let the door’s thresholds lower
without the boot heels them touching

Let the door frame give him way
Open the door without touching
when the guest shall step inside,
when the big man pays us visit.

We don’t meet each other often
rarely we see each other
In the wide fields of Väinölä
forestlands of Kalevala.

So be welcome to my house
you, the great guest of mine
to brighten our celebration
to honor the day’s passing.

(You can read the original Finnish words here.)

Mindfulness: The making of post-heroic leaders

colorful-round-mandalaOur chums at the Huffington Post are running a series of articles on the challenges facing us over the next 10 years.  One of the things they identify is the need for more and better post-heroic leaders.  Host leadership is a new kid on the post-heroic block alongside the more established servant-leadership, and we are all seeking to gain traction and influence.

This piece looks specifically at mindfulness as a key to post-heroic leadership. We’re very keen on mindfulness too – see the section on creating space for yourself as well as your guests in the Space-creator role chaper of our book Host.

The Huffington Post article is at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-next-ten-challenge/mindfulness-the-making-of_b_7442248.html