16th February 2015

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by: designers-i

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Categories: Radio Show Archives

Show #100: Leading as a Host – Six New ‘Roles of Engagement’

Special Guest: Mark McKergow

Being a host is an ancient metaphor, but one which has now evolved to become both new and timely in the business world. Now, it is no longer enough for a leader to be heroic, they must also know when to become the host too. But what does being a host actually mean in a business context? ‘Host: Six new roles of engagement for teams, organisations, communities and movements’ author Dr Mark McKergow has investigated how hosts – and leaders –create engagement by stepping forward and back and being responsive to the needs and wishes of their ‘guests’.

Mark will be talking about how ‘roles’ – as opposed to ‘rules’- of engagement provide a useable and flexible framework for transforming leadership at all levels and settings. The host metaphor is one we all know at some level, yet can enhance and build to an exquisite level of refinement with reflection and practice.

You can read more on our blog here.

Dr Mark McKergow is the co-author of Host: Six new rules roles of engagement fort teams, organisations, communities and movements (Solutions Books, 2014). He is a speaker, consultant and facilitator who finds new ways to work in tough and ever-changing environments. He is co-author of three others books including the best-selling The Solutions Focus (Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2007) which has appeared in 11 languages.

Host: Jo Dodds