Our 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
The 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.
The first international Host Leadership conference is coming! We’re very excited to announce that there will events in London from 14-16 September 2016. The broad outline is:
- Wednesday 14 September 2016: Pre-conference workshop: Meet Host Leadership with Host authors Mark McKergow and Helen Bailey
- Thursday 15 September 2016: Host Leadership conference 2016 – featuring international speakers, activities, networking, and an open space session so you can host your own discussions
- Friday 16 September 2016: Post-conference workshop: Developing your awareness as a Host Leader with Stephen Josephs (USA) and Mark McKergow
You can find more Information about venue, hotels etc on the conference page.
Booking details will be available soon. In the meantime, get the date into your diary! We’re looking forward to welcoming you to London for a fantastic event.
We are thrilled to announce two opportunities to discover Host Leadership with Mark McKergow in the near future – in different parts of Europe.
23-24 February 2016 in Karlstad, Sweden (with Eva Persson’s Clues centre)
29 February 2016 in Budapest, Hungary (with Solutionsurfers)
Mark is also giving a one-day masterclass about coaching, leading and host leadership for Coaching At Work on Tuesday 11 October 2016 – more details coming soon at http://www.coaching-at-work.com/masterclasses/ .
Do come and join Mark for one of these exciting and interactive sessions!
We’re delighted to announce two special webinars featuring Mark McKergow and Helen Bailey exploring how host leadership works in public service settings. These sessions, at 9am and 5pm UK time on Thursday 3 December 2015, will feature special guests from around the world sharing their experiences and answering questions. We will also be briefly introducing the ideas around host leadership and why they seem to fit particularly well in public service organisations.
Education: Thursday 3 December 2015, 9am UK time, with special guest Nick Burnett, Growth Coaching International (Australia). Click here for more information and registration. This session is conveniently timed for Australasia, Asia and Europe as well as the UK.
Health and police: Thursday 3 December 2015, 5pm UK time, with special guests Chris Miller (former Assistant Chief Constable, Hertfordshire, UK) and Annessa Rebair (Senior Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing, Northumbria University). Click here for more information and registration. This session is conveniently timed for the USA and North and South America as well as Africa, Europe and the UK.
Places are limited so book now! More information about both webinars at http://hostleadership.com/workshop/.
It was with great shock and sadness that I learned yesterday of the death of my dear friend and colleague Steve Onyett. Steve was on a charity cycling ride in Palestine when he suffered a fatal heart attack. He was just 54 years old.
I first met Steve at the second SOLWorld conference in Bristol in 2003. Steve was interested in SF for both clinical and organisational use, and lived in Bristol, so it was natural that he came. However, the conference dinner on the Friday night was also Valentine’s Day, and he had at that time a routine of going out for dinner with two (female) friends to celebrate their single-ness. So, he brought the friends along too! The following day, the Saturday, Steve left the conference to join with a million others in London for a Stop The War march against the proposed (and feared) invasion of Iraq. This for me sums up Steve – he was committed to a better world, and if that meant political engagement sometime taking precedence over professional practice then so be it. He was pursuing a similarly humanitarian mission when he died.
Steve went on to train with us in Solutions Focus, joined me in the SFWork team, worked closely with us in our work introducing SF coaching into the NHS in various ways. He was a member of SFCT and came to our regular UK chapter meetings from time to time. He also served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the SFCT journal InterAction, allowing us a share of his visiting professorships at the University of the West of England (UWE) and then Exeter.
During the years I was developing ideas around Host Leadership, Steve was a constant source of encouragement and critique. He was instrumental in getting my first paper on the subject (Leader as Host; Host as Leader: Towards a new yet ancient metaphor) published in the International Journal for Leadership in Public Service in 2009 (he was one of the journal’s editors at the time). He maintained his interest in developing the host leadership metaphors and ideas, and joined our small ‘inner circle’ of practitioners and developers last year – an involvement which continued until his death. He wrote guest blogs about host leadership and solution focused coaching – see the links at the bottom of this piece.
We had occasional jousts about his fascination and engagement with things like the Way of Council and ‘shadow side’ facilitation (vital new development or old hippy nonsense? It was he who proposed the latter term – we laughed.) Steve became very involved in the Embercombe community, acting as a Trustee for their charity and being involved with programmes as well as helping to steward the organisation. He loved being outdoors, and spoke to me of the inspiration he found in Embercombe’s Devon countryside setting. It seems fitting somehow that he met his end in the open air, engaged in a cause in which he passionately believed. He is a great loss to people in so many circles and contexts, and we will feel his presence still in our continuing work.
Host Leadership and Solution Focused blogs by Steve:
Mark is off to Singapore for some exciting Host Leadership events over the next two weeks! The main event is
Mon-Tues 24-25 August 2015: Leading As A Host: A two-day event with Dr Mark McKergow
This will be a great opportunity to work with Mark on real leadership issues at the York Hotel, as well as really get close to the latest in leadership thinking. You will be able to:
- Develop your ‘leadership agility’ – to do the things YOU can do to engage others to the maximum!
Develop ‘stepping back’ awareness – and thereby drawing others forward
Gain clarity on phases and actions – see clear cycles and projects rather than a single continuing stream
Gain an increased sense of good timing – when to act, as well as what to do
Gain new perspectives on challenging situations – acting differently to get a better result
Increase your options – in terms of ‘up-front’ leadership, taking the overview from the gallery, and developing yourself in the kitchen
More details, click the link above or contact Dave Hogan or Vivian, SF Academy, on +65 9776 1826 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are limited! Your only chance to work with Mark on Host Leadership in Asia in 2015.
Mark will be carrying out some other speaking engagements on Host Leadership while he is in Singapore:
Mark would love to see you in Singapore – so do come along if you can. If you want to arrange meetings to discuss how Host Leadership can help your organisation, please contact Mark directly at email@example.com.
We’re thrilled that Coaching At Work saw fit to give Host a five star review! Check it out below.
Jenny 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.)
Our book has reached the finals of two book award competitions, including the prestigious Indie Book Awards in Los Angeles! Wow.
Find out more at http://www.personneltoday.com/pr/pr/host-leadership-book-gains-recognition-at-two-international-book-awards-2/.