Prime Moment for OS?

Daniel Mezick’s been doing with what he calls the Prime/OS™ approach, where two Open Space meetings bookend a 100-days period of intense experimenting, to create a rite of passage process in support of transformation in organization. Prime/OS is a generalization of his Open Agile Adoption practice, wherein the “transformation” being achieved is the understanding and embrace of Agile software development. Daniel’s approach effectively broadens and deepens the Inviting center of Open Space. This Agile Coaching Institute points to the needs served by Daniel’s approach… The paper goes on to describe a “Sense and Respond” approach to leadership that fits well with what I called “Post and Host,” way back in 1998. Like my Inviting Organization story, they also rely on Ken Wilber’s work.

inviting business

euan semple muses today about what to call our new way(s) of doing social-media-powered business. He suggests the term “literate business.” my response: my dad used to work in public relations for ford motor company. along the way he wrote things like the marker at henry ford’s birthplace and materials that went out to every …

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 …

Biography

Three decades into my professional adventure, I’ve invited and supported agility, learning, and high performance on six continents. I’ve worked to bring people together, helped them identify and prioritize what’s most important, and created the conditions for getting those things done, in faster and easier ways. The “Inviting Organization” I wrote about in 1998 is …

Inviting Agility

Agility is a personal, organizational and community mindset that anyone can learn and practice.  Agility enables us to adapt quickly and effectively, to all forms of change and disruption.  Agile leaders, teams and organizations deliver maximum value and greatest satisfaction – for customers, employees and everyone else impacted by their work.   Inviting is engaging and …

Services

Michael Herman Associates (that’s Michael and a global network of brilliant colleagues) works with leaders and champions, teams and much larger groups.  We bring people together to focus on your most important issues and opportunities.  We share our skills and experience to build capability and get things done.  We develop platforms and practices for faster …

Welcome

And thank you for visiting.  What kind of breakthrough are you looking for? I’ve been inviting agility and high performance, with clients and colleagues on six continents, since 1991.  I support leaders and champions, innovators and learners, disrupters and transformers. This website is a kind of personal and professional notebook, shared openly since 1998.  Please …

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 …

Open Space Technology: Practice Retreat
April 18-20, 2006

I’ve been sharing the story of the essential practices of Open Space Technology with a variety of people in recent months, from facilitators and managers, to physicsts and software technologists. I’m pleased to say that the response has been surprisingly positive. In April, Chris Corrigan and I will be leading a Practice Retreat to share …

Heart Practice

I’ve written previously about the four essential practices of Open Space Technology: Opening Heart Inviting Attention Supporting Connection Grounding the Energy When I first applied this view to my work, after 10 years of opening space, I found they made everything easier. I could do opening heart, during set-up. Then I could invite attention to …

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 …