Service is no longer good enough. Hostmanship has raised the level of how we approach work to a new level of caring, involvement, pride, profit, and engagement.
Are you ready to engage in hostmanship or are you so complacent that you will be left behind?
Hostmanship is the art of making people feel welcome. The concept is outlined in a short book by Jan Gunnarsson and Olle Blohm.
Here is their description of hostmanship from the hostmanship website:
Hostmanship is a beautiful word – a word that embodies both “welcome” and “let me take care of you”. For us hostmanship is the art of creating hospitality. This art can be exercised towards everyone, regardless of your relationship. You may be dealing with a customer, a patient or a visitor, or even a colleague, a citizen or a partner. It makes no difference. In the world of Hostmanship, we see everyone as guests. And where there is a guest, there is also a host – a host that exercises Hostmanship. Therefore, Hostmanship is a way of approaching people. It expresses a wish to serve others by a serving leadership and an insight that all activities strive to serve others. And in that process we develop both our pride and profit.
- Serving others
- Perceiving the whole
- Taking responsibility
- Being caring
- Searching knowledge
- Practicing dialogue
Genuine Hostmanship is pride in practice. Hostmanship without pride is empty and cold. In contrast to service, Hostmanship is focused on practice, on people as hosts, on the cultures of businesses, and on the capacity of organizations to tie it all together. Being a host is much about having the courage to let loose your talents and express your personality – to be brave enough to serve every person as she is and to listen to the needs she expresses. Hostmanship also differs from service in that it’s not about treating others as you yourself want to be treated. Hostmanship is to treat a person as she wants to be treated.
Hostmanship is about the source of loyal customers. It is about the relationship that is established between a business and the people who benefit from that business. Hostmanship is about the kind of care that is exhibited. Hostmanship is about making people feel welcome.
- Hostmanship – A Serial Review #1 – An Ethic of Personal Responsibility
- Hostmanship – A Serial Review #2 – Personal Hostmanship
- Hostmanship – A Serial Review #3 – Functional Hostmanship
We yearn for a world where people feel expected and welcome. A world where children, friends, strangers, guests, customers, and coworkers dare to meet each other without thinking of religion, color, sex, or age. We believe that this is something fundamental for lasting and true success for us as persons, for our companies, our places, and finally for our common home, the Earth. ~ Hostmanship Development Group 2004