HOST LEADERSHIP GATHERING
12th-13th June 2023
12th-13th June 2023
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We would be delighted to welcome you to the Host Leadership Gathering 2023 in Vienna, Austria. Together, we will have two days full of inspiration, co-creation, learning, acting, observing and reflecting about the brea(d)th, impact and meaning of Hosting and Host Leadership in your working environments.
“I am very much looking forward to the Host Leadership Gathering where I will no doubt resonate with others attending to grow my knowledge and practice of host leadership, which very much aligns to my own values. I know the Gathering will be hugely beneficial for all that attend.”
Hosting is an ancient yet modern art to build relationships with others. The act of inviting someone, of welcoming them, of responding to their needs whilst taking responsibility for their safety offers a frame through which many dimensions of leadership can be viewed.
Think of yourself as a host, and the others involved as your guests. Imagine, how this idea will change behaviour.
One of the most important aspects of leading as a host is the art of stepping forward – and then stepping back. People expect leaders to step forward – after all, that is how they get attention, get their message across, begin to engage with people. Good hosts know, however, that it is equally important to step back, to allow space for others to engage, for people to connect, for multiple conversations to develop. When good leaders step back, they are not simply vanishing from the scene. They are alert, aware, looking around, talking to different groups, seeing how things are going. That is how they know when to step forward again, and in which role.
In Host Leadership, we talk about roles (instead of rules). A role is something you take on when needed and hosts change roles often, depending on the circumstances. The six roles are: Initiator – getting things moving, Inviter – involving others, Space Creator – building the context for interaction, Gatekeeper – negotiating the boundaries, Connector – link people and expertise together and, of course, Co-Participator – leading AND joining in.
Learn more about Host Leadership at http://hostleadership.com/ and in brief through this article Lead as a Host not a Hero – Leadership that Builds Engagement and Performance by Mark McKergow.
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Day one is all about sharing practice reports and inspiration. We are looking forward to great short talks and workshops from people who use the host model in their daily lives and talk about their experiences and approaches. If you are willing to contribute actively, we invite your ideas.
If you wish, we enjoy the first evening of the gathering together. The dinner takes place at your own expense to keep the ticket price low, and we are happy to organize a nice restaurant for all of us who want to join.
On the second day, we provide the castle, the park and a lot of materials so that you can discuss, create and talk about your personal fields of application and ideas with the other participants. We are already looking forward to this colourful and lively Open Space day.
Be our guest in the beautiful Miller-Aichholz Palace in Vienna from June 12th-13th, 2023.
We would be more than happy to welcome you to this event. Nobody else has your experiences, ideas, your visions and questions that can enrich us all so much. Let’s take an important step towards “cooperative leadership” and establish the idea of hosting and being a guest in the world of work. Miller-Aichholz Castle has room for you and another 79 great guests. And we can hardly wait to look at the future of cooperation anew in this wonderful historical ambience.
What is the host leadership model and how can it be useful for my job? Let us explore together, how the movements, roles and positions of this model can make a difference for your daily business. After a short introduction of the model we will have discussions in small groups about the different aspects of applying the model. In which position do you currently spend most time? What difference would it make if you spend more time in a different position? In which role are you most comfortable?
This workshop should provide you with the basic knowledge of the host leadership model and serve a base for the other workshops.
You will immediately be able to apply the knowledge to your day-to-day challenges and step by step become a better leader!
A workshop for those who find themselves in coaching situations, occasionally or repeatedly. Have you ever wondered how you could put the different roles and positions of Host Leadership to good use, during the coaching process? We asked ourselves the following questions and would like to invite you to a workshop highlighting the advantages of, and caveats while applying Host Leadership to coaching: May a coach be in the spotlight? Is gatekeeping an appropriate interaction in a solution-focused dialog? Could hosting even be harmful in a coaching process?
If questions like these puzzle you, you're warmly welcomed to join this interactive workshop. We'll prepare some descriptions of common situations that will challenge us all. You will have the opportunity to maybe reach out of your Host Leadership comfort zone (or performance zone!) and reflect on your existing approaches. And of course we will interact in groups, learning from each other.
In my role as Scrum Master and Agile Coach, I am often acting as host in numerous meeting and workshop formats. I usually fill this role with a lot of enthusiasm and joy. However, some time ago, I noticed that there were formats in which I didn't really feel comfortable, despite careful preparation. I couldn't get involved with what was happening there and felt a barrier within myself. I was not able to establish a real connection to what was happening around me. In short, I couldn't be the host I wanted to be.
Perhaps you have felt the same way before. You were looking forward to "hosting" and bringing people together and in the end, despite careful planning, it didn't feel as good as you had hoped? Often in these situations we look for the reasons in the outside world or in the things we can directly influence. But what happens when we look inward? What if in these very situations, when we fail to be the best version of ourselves, we have lost our "Echtheit" (authenticity)and our behavior no longer matches our inner self?
In my lecture "Host yourself first" I would like to open exactly this view on the inside and show you what meaning your “Echtheit” (authenticity) has for your world outside. Using practical models and exercises, I would like to invite you to understand and reflect on your foundation of authenticity. This is about more than self-care and mindfulness. It is about getting clarity about your values and attitude and creating awareness of what is working unconsciously within you.
In addition to a lot of useful theory from the field of psychology, you will be given practical exercises and reflections so that you can be a host to yourself first, before you do it for others.
In March 2020, Leah, with neighbours, initiated the building of a neighbourhood community. The process - intuitive, slow, and small scale - has been unfolding over several years now. Taken by the flow of it, Leah found herself leading the transformation of the neighbourhood into a community.
Insights from host leading, appeared to be useful when making one small step after another and also, when looking into where we want to go. I need to explore further and amplify the benefits of combining knowledge and practices from Host Leadership and community development.
One way to go about this is to ask one or more of the neighbours about the community. How did it start for them? Who /was / is involved? What happened? Where? When? What did we do? How? I propose to host a 90-minute session in which we explore snippets of their narrated experience. We might then draw connections between the practices and ideas of Host Leadership and neighbouthood building and recognise the possibilities that occur when Host Leadership supports community development.
There are beautiful and wonderful venues and locations for hosting people (communities, work groups, committees, teams, ...). There also pretty crappy ones. Sometimes you’ve got enough time to prepare and create a space, sometimes you don’t even have the opportunity to have a look at a location, up-front. This is a workshop for those who love to pay attention to creating space. Physically, and literally.
We’ll look at some effective rules of thumb that bring out the best of wonderful locations, and can also save the day when it’s 7 a.m. and you’re entering a location for the first time that looks, well, not-so-inviting, and hardly suitable for having conversations that matter.
Together, we’ll look at some challenging spatial environments and what we could do about them; at some wonderful places and what exactly makes them so great; and last, but not least, at “space challenges” that many of us have, and need to master.
The separation of ‘thinking’ work from ‘doing’ work has been integral to management for over a century. This distinction is being challenged, most recently by David Marquet in his book ‘Turn The Ship Around’ where he catchily refers to these as Blue Work (thinking, innovating, changing) and Red Work (doing, implementing, producing). Marquet advises leaders to share the blue work around and involve more people in it.
And… as co-participating host leaders, might it work the other way around as well? What are the advantages of leaders doing Red Work occasionally? What might it mean? How can it work effectively? Explore how Blue and Red can make an attractive pattern for organisations and teams which are both humane AND effective in this interactive workshop.
If you come early and have time and interest on Sunday to spend another day with us, the sinnvollFÜHREN team invites you to visit the beautiful zoo Schönbrunn.
It was founded by the Habsburgs in 1752 and is the oldest zoo in the world. In Anthony Sheridan’s zoo ranking, the zoo was named as the best European zoo five times in a row (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2018).
We would get a guided tour there at 10am and of course also visit our “foster kids”, the rock penguins. The tour takes about 2 hours. Afterwards you can – as long as you want – have a free look around the Tiergarten all day long.
Vienna waits for you
We have four different ticket categories for the Host Leadership Gathering. Each ticket includes your 2-day participation in the entire event, as well as catering for lunch and breaks.
1. The Early Adopter-Ticket: 10 of those are available at 415 Euro each (incl. 20% VAT) – with your quick booking and payment, you will help us to organise the gathering well in advance. This ticket type is only available before the program is published. Thank you very much for your support.
2. The Gathering Ticket: Once the early adopter ticket is sold out or the program is published, we offer the Gathering Ticket for a price of 445 EUR (incl. 20% VAT). We close the Gathering-Ticket 1 day before the gathering starts.
3. The On-Site Ticket: costs 500 EUR (incl. 20% VAT) and is available for those that like late decisions.
4. The Student-Ticket: We want to support students attending the gathering by offering a reduced ticket price of 400 Euro each (incl. 20% VAT). We require a valid student ID.
The ticket price includes 20% Austrian VAT.
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Europahaus Wien, Linzer Str. 429, 1140 Wien
The Miller-Aicholz Palace and the House of Europe are a magnificent venue for this gathering.
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Stay where the action is – directly at the Europahaus
currently, there are only rooms available from June 12th to June 13th.
Single Room rate: 79 EUR
Double room rate per Person: 59 EUR
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