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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

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 http://hostleadership.com/about/opt-in-meetings/ 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.

http://hostleadership.com/about/opt-in-meetings/