Not the Four Practices

Chris Corrigan and I have been refining our thinking and language for open space leadership. We have it down to four inter-informing and inter-supporting practices: Appreciating, Inviting, Supporting and Making Good. While the practices themselves are each quite whole and robust, tolerant of description but not of disecting, that’s not actually how it is when …

Four Practices of Open Space – Update

I’m getting ready for the leadership practice retreat I’ll lead with Chris Corrigan, on Bowen Island, April 18-20th. I’m thinking some more about the four practices of Open Space. Here is the updated view: Opening Heart Inviting Connection Supporting Collaboration Making a Difference On a personal level, these practices begin with passion, perhaps even some …

Four Practices

chris corrigan sent me his notes from his latest incarnation of ouropen space technology training and practice workshop. i’ve been noodling on it as i cook lunches and scrub pots at the center these last couple of days. i’ve pushed his four around a bit and we’ve yet to duke it out over the details. …

Four into One

wendy farmer-oneil mentioned InvitingOrganization and the Four Practices, yesterday on the phone, and wondered if we shouldn’t name a fifth practice and dimension, a center space that is some sort of stillness. my answer… yes. and, but, not like that. i’ve suggested four seasons, quadrants, practices. and yes, there is stillness, reflection, settling in the …

San Diego

Opening Space in San Diego this week. I did a large-ish department’s annual meeting last year and that is being repeated in OS this year, finished this morning. Wonderful to sit in the circle and talk “practice” with 30 or 40 people who’ve now done this twice and are keen to soak it into the …

Translating Open Space

Raffi Aftandelian and friends are translating on of my recent articles into Russian, for a collection. Not surprisingly, translating what we’ve called the “four practices of open space” and “inviting leadership” has been rather challenging. This from a proposed translator’s note seemed to have some merit on its own… …there is a certain poetry in …

Inviting Leadership

…or maybe less. Still tinkering with language for expressing the essence of what Chris and I have been calling the Four Practices of Open Space, or Four Practices of Inviting Leadership. Here’s where I’m settling out today: 1. Embracing Heart… is about opening to the heart of issues, the passion in people, and the depth …

Now That’s Practice!

I want to come back and say more about these four practices for embodying Open Space as leaders and organizations… opening/willingness, inviting/goodness, hosting/support, and grounding/sustaining. In the meantime, my sister the yogi sent this picture of herself today. She’s about 7.5 months pregnant. Could there be any better picture of these four practices?

Tools and Teachers

My current practice is informed by thirty years of wide-ranging practice:  from financial analysis to team building, agile software to civic engagement, and field reps to C-suite leaders. Along the way, I’ve been lucky to work and learn with some highly skilled practitioners and renowned thought leaders, acknowledged below. These are the approaches that inform …

Online Conference Report

The most remarkable thing about the four-day, online Open Space conference I ran with Lucas Cioffi at QiqoChat.com last week is how strongly it replicated what so many of us have experienced in face-to-face open space meetings and events.  See the complete proceedings document here. From my Summary…

The intention was to extend and expand the best of the Organization Transformation symposium (where OST started), Open Space on Open Space, and OSLIST and support the sharing of all manner of practices, innovations and learnings. The invitation was to bring forth what’s been working – and learn together how to make more of it…

The plan was simple: Invite the world. Do three Openings, with start times

Reputation

What’s it like to work with me? Here’s what other people have said in unsolicited emails I’ve received from clients, colleagues, and workshop participants, sometimes many years after working together… …I tell them Michael Herman is one of those people you meet once and never forget, the kind of person you have one conversation with …

Stories

Here are some favorite client projects, situations and questions where I’ve contributed: Agile Coaching of multiple teams, at multiple client organizations, guiding start-up of teams, teaching and refining all aspects of Scrum practice (with SMs, POs, teams, managers, directors, and business partners), including planning, delivery, review, measurement, reporting and improvement. In each situation, introduced a …