I help organizations transform challenges into widespread value through collaboration-propelled missions.
Are you facing a challenge that looks something like this?
The issue is complex.
It has no clear owner.
Multiple stakeholder groups, each with their own way of framing the challenge and each with their own agenda, must respond to it in unison.
A mission-based approach is called for.
Intelligent, sustained and well-orchestrated collaborative action is essential to success.
A successful result will clear the way for substantial value to be generated.
None of your usual service providers is right for the job.
The time to act is now.
A selection of challenges from my casebook
A global food manufacturer wants to create — overnight — a concept for a new product, inspired and evaluated by potential customers. How can this result be accomplished?
There is a serious threat of new dog-to-human diseases entering the UK. How can the threat be eradicated?
An oil and gas company has discovered an oil reservoir in a rare type of rock. How can the oil be produced at a commercial price?
A consortium of local authorities has been awarded the contract to provide community arts services in a former coal mining area. How will the vision become reality?
The bosses of an R&D facility within a multinational have spent a year developing an innovation strategy. How can it be implemented effectively?
We are based in the UK and available for assignments throughout Europe and beyond.
Some of the many organizations I have assisted
ABN AMRO Bank, A T Kearney, Bayer Crop Science, Birmingham City University, Diageo, Dogs Trust, Environment Agency, European Commission, Findhorn Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, Head4Arts, Imagination, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Massachusetts Institute of Technology—MIT Entrepreneurship Center, McCain Foods, NHS, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways), Petroleum Development Oman, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Royal Dutch Shell, Santander, UK Government (Cabinet Office, Department of Health, Home Office, and various local authorities), University of Brighton.
“Jack is an innovation consultant who walks the talk. He is constantly innovating his own business activity, its design and aims. He is ‘the person’ to talk to for large group interventions, for whole system change and innovation. I attended a five day Open Space conference that Jack facilitated. It set me on a new path in life. He is highly committed and skilled, challenging and truly creative.
Jack thinks deeply about innovation and transformation. He has developed a range of propositions about innovation which can lead to new insights on the topic. He understands creativity and innovation, and has developed practical ways to develop innovativeness in organisations.
Jack’s views tap into the wild and the wonderful as well as the rational. He likes to shake things up, and to help that shaking to happen quickly. He doesn’t mess about! You won’t always find it easy working with Jack because he is one of that rare breed — an authentic agent of change and innovation who is prepared for things to get harder before they get easier.”
Senior Researcher, Centre for Research in Innovation Management, University of Brighton, UK
Founder, CATS3000, Rational Madness theatre company, and FringeReview
Author, Digital Inferno | Read about Paul Levy
“A jack of all trades and master of many.”
Emeritus Professor of Personal and Professional Development, University of Brighton, UK
Read about Tom Bourner
“Jack, I’m very proud to be part of your success story — you’ve been influential in shaping my thinking over the past 25 years, just as you’ve been influential in both UK and Dutch circles and beyond in shaping top management thinking on innovation, change, leadership and how to harness large group process. Delighted to learn that you are now opening your work up to a wider audience, and sharing your knowledge and seasoned expertise, so that you can hopefully play your role in helping to turn this economy around.”
Dr. James Wilk
University of Oxford (read bio) and Interchange Research
Read the article Designing Change on the website of The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants
Jack Martin Leith and colleagues
I am a collaborative mission advisor and the developer of Rich Co-creation, a way of getting things done in which all interested parties work together from the outset and on an equal footing with the aim of generating maximum value for customers or users, other stakeholders, wider society, and, as a natural consequence, the enterprise itself.
My colleagues are independent practitioners with specialist expertise in such areas as action learning, brand, conflict transformation, enterprise communication, executive coaching, innovation, leadership, organization design, organizational change, stakeholder insight, teamwork, and workforce development. They are among the leaders in their respective fields.
Our individual and combined talents can be deployed across a wide range of collaborative endeavours, from the discovery and animation of organizational purpose to the planning and acceleration of projects in the realms of innovation, change, problem solving, development, and the realization of potential.
Are you facing a big challenge requiring diverse stakeholders to take intelligent, sustained and well-orchestrated collaborative action?
If so, let’s confront it together.
Bath, United Kingdom.
07583 601234 (+44 7583 601234)