Mark McKergow’s new book Hosting Generative Change: Creating Containers for Creativity and Commitment is now out! Part of the BMI Series on Dialogic Organization Development, the book is a short and punchy guide on using hosting skills to bring people together to generate new possibilities, actions and futures.
“When the future is uncertain and the past is contested, good hosting can bring hope and co-operation into the present.
Any Dialogic OD practice will bring people together for creative conversations, expanded horizons, mutual connection and committed action. The way these events are hosted can make all the difference. Mark McKergow offers an image of superb hosting as a mix of detailed planning and openness to whatever emerges, taking the lead when needed, with the intent of stepping back as quickly as possible so participants can lead themselves.”
The book is designed to be read in two hours, and is illustrated with a punchy and lively case study of OD in action in the Robson Royal hospital. It’s available in paperback and Kindle formats worldwide, priced at around $20US. And of course you can ‘look inside’ the book on the various Amazon websites around the world.
“Change the way people think and things will never be the same” epitomises the impact that Mark McKergow has had over the years. His work in Solutions Focus is now being used in many of the world’s leading organisations. I have every confidence that in years to come, his most recent profound work about hosting will become common knowledge and practice too.
Trevor Durnford, Chair, International Association of Facilitators
People who do OD work on the ground and aim to foster effective organisational change will find this book extremely useful. Mark McKergow combines two models – Host Leadership and generative change – in an insightful way, illustrated by a detailed application case. This approach fits perfectly the needs of both OD workers and organisational leaders.
Susanne Burgstaller, Usolvit, Vienna, Austria
In times of constant flux, how do we host generative change? First our diagnostic approaches need to give way to the generative discussions that create emergent change. Mark McKergow writes another first, providing the guide on how leaders and facilitators can transform themselves to host these generative change events.
Carey Glass, organizational psychologist, Melbourne, Australia
If ever we needed an apt metaphor for leadership in complex times, it is now. Hosting rather than directing seems to be a much more useful way of thinking about leadership and change. There has never been a better time for leaders to start engaging their communities in facing up to a complex collective problems, and Mark McKergow’s book is a well written and lucid guide into how to do exactly that.
Mike Brent, Faculty and Professor of Practise, Ashridge Executive Education @Hult International Business School, co author of best-selling books The Leaders’ Guide to Influence and the Leaders’ Guide to Coaching