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Mark McKergow

Mark McKergow

Jenny Clarke

Jenny Clarke

Mark McKergow speaking in 2017


Dr Mark McKergow and Jenny Clarke

Steps to a humanity of organisation

Over the past three decades, Mark McKergow and Jenny Clarke have worked to bring new ideas about learning, changing and leading into the organisational field.  We like things which:

  • Make ‘hard’ things easier, quicker, cheaper and more rewarding
  • Use abilities and know-how people already have (and perhaps have not noticed yet)
  • Take a counter-intuitive or unexpected turn, and
  • Work ‘with’ the natural grain of the world rather than against it.

Learning: Accelerated Learning in business settings (where learning increases when you teach less)

Changing: Solutions Focus in coaching, team development and organisational change (where problems are dis-solved by looking at what’s wanted and what’s working)

Leading: Host Leadership, post-heroic leadership by bringing people together (where leaders lead by stepping back as well as stepping forward)

What we do now:

  • Speak and teach internationally about our work with keynotes and masterclasses
  • Run online courses, classes and supervision groups, and supervise/coach SF coaches and practitioners
  • Write and review books and articles to continue developing approaches to learning, changing and leading
  • Mark writes every week on Substack. Subscribe to his Steps To A Humanity Of Organisation column here
Quote - Mark McKergow's techniques and strategies are unbelievably effective, applying them within my own organization has produced results in moving us forwards that can rightfully be described as nothing short of phenomenal - Ivan Misner, NY Times Bestselling author and Founder of BNI

Online SF course: Next 16-week online SF Business Professional online course with University of Wisconsin Milwaukee starts 27 October 2024. (Yes, it's a long time away but there are exciting new developments in train with The Solutions Focus book.) Transform your coaching, facilitating and management with the latest developments in 'SFBT 2.0' at work with Mark himself this year. Early bird price available. This may be the last run of this course so seize the opportunity! More...


Mark's new book Host is attracting attention. More details on the book's site http://hostleadership.com.
Buy the book on Amazon in paperback or Kindle format.

Quote - With Toyota, we use Mark's work when we're really stuck.  What amazes us is that we can always find a next step - and when you have one next step, you can find another, and then things are moving again - Koto Cho, Chinoewa, Japan

Our bestselling books


The Solutions Focus
The Solutions Focus:
The classic SF book – now in its third edition!

Solutions Focus Working
Solutions Focus Working: the SF casebook, 14 examples of SF in action in organisations

Positive Approaches To Change
Positive Approaches to Change: articles on SF and Appreciative Inquiry in management

57 SF Activities
57 SF Activities:
workshop and team event processes from the SF community

The Next Generation of SF Practice Stretching the World
The Next Generation of Solution Focused Practice
The latest developments in how SF works by 'stretching the world'

Hosting Generative Change
Hosting Generative Change
Creating Containers for Creativity and Commitment

Host: Six new rules roles of engagement for teams, organizations, communities and movements

Host Leadership Field Book
The Host Leadership Field Book: Building Engagement for Performance and Results

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