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Host Leadership in Singapore 2015

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 vivian@sfacademy.com.  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 mark@hostleadership.com.

 

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/