by Jack Martin Leith, Canaveral founder and mission director
In response to your provisional brief, I select members of the Pathfinder Group and the Canaveral Talent Network to form a bespoke team possessing the right blend of generalist and specialist capabilities.Pathfinder Group members are seasoned practitioners with collective knowledge, expertise and experience spanning many subject areas:
Customer and user experience
Identity and brand
Innovation (products, services, work practices etc.)
Purpose, vision and business model design
Whole systems change
Versatility, flexibility and adaptiveness are three aspects of agility, the others being responsiveness, resilience and innovativeness. View the source of this definition of agility (pdf—see page 17)
The Pathfinder Group is augmented by a well-developed network of specialist service providers. Network members are among the best in their respective fields.“Good work!” the Prince exclaimed.
“Your method is faultless!”
“”Method?” said the cook,
Laying aside his cleaver.
“What I follow is Tao,
Beyond all methods!”
from The Parable of the Ox, by Chuang-tzu
Their specialist areas include enterprise architecture, internal communication, lean startup, service design, intellectual property, digital workplace, and organization design.
I was born and raised in an east London funeral parlour, where I learnt about customer service very early in life. After surviving five hellish years at an oppressive boarding school in rural Essex, I escaped to become an apprentice telephone engineer. Jobs in music publishing, fashion, and retail were followed by a move into the world of advertising: media sales positions at SuperMarketing, IPC Women’s Magazines and Marketing Week, then agency account management roles at Beavis, Shrimpling & Softly and Lonsdales International. A small windfall enabled me to follow my entrepreneurial instincts, and I teamed up with my friend Richard Price to create Leith & Price, a groundbreaking company that provided information-based business development services to prominent advertising agencies, media owners and design firms. Ten years later I reinvented myself as a consultant specialising in breakthrough innovation and whole systems change, and built a client list that included ABN Amro Bank, European Commission, GlaxoSmithKline, McCain Foods, and Royal Dutch Shell, where I worked extensively with the GameChanger team. I am a practising innovator, and Canaveral is the latest in a long line of inventions and ventures.
“Jack 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.”+ Find out more about Jack
– Paul Levy, Senior Researcher, Centre for Research in Innovation Management, University of Brighton
A five-minute talk I gave at Ignite Bristol. The 20 slides accompanying the talk auto-advance every 15 seconds.
Review by Paul Miller, CEO and founder of Digital Workplace GroupGenerative enterprise: how I think about purpose, value generation, vision, strategy, mission, and collaborative action
I have known Angus for almost three decades as a friend and collaborator. I was delighted when he accepted my invitation to join the Pathfinder Group, because I cannot imagine Canaveral without his piercing intellect, wide-ranging knowledge and abundant expertise. Angus was CEO of The Computing Group, a leading digital marketing agency acquired by Omnicom-owned Rapp Collins Worldwide. That was during the Leith & Price era and it’s incredible that our paths never crossed, as we were both active members of the Direct Marketing Association. More recently, he served as Research Professor of Integrated Marketing at University of Bedfordshire, and provided significant international marketing capability services to OgilvyOne and other agencies, IBM and other brands, and NGOs. Angus is chairman of the board at The Department, an immersive experience agency and mixed reality studio retained by BMW, BBC, Facebook, FIFA and others.
“Angus has one of the most analytical and penetrating minds I have ever met. His ability to get to the heart of the matter is matched only by his tenacity to reach for the highest outcome for everyone involved.”+ Find out more about Angus
– Mo Cohen
Angus Jenkinson joins at 01:25.View Angus’s bio
I first met Alan in the early 1990s, when Mo and I were facilitating an Open Space gathering for Coopers & Lybrand and he was one of the participants. Alan started his working life as an engineer. William T. Powers, the originator of perceptual control theory, defined an engineer as “someone who learns whatever he needs to learn to get the job done”, and that is Alan in a nutshell. He knows all the theories, all the concepts and all the models, but what really matters to him is “Will it work?” Alan joined Coopers & Lybrand as a change management consultant, later becoming a member of the innovation team at PricewaterhouseCoopers when the firm merged with Price Waterhouse. After a period spent working as an independent consultant, he moved into senior learning and development roles, first at BP, then at XL Group, a global insurance and reinsurance company that is being acquired by Axa. He currently provides coaching, facilitation and advisory services through his company, The Exploration Habit.
“After six months of talking about getting this idea off the ground, Alan got us aligned and energised in half a day. And I’m still not quite sure how he did it.”View Alan’s LinkedIn profile
– Corporate client (confidentiality respected)
My first encounter with Mo was in the late 1980s at an event hosted by The Breakthrough Network, and we have been friends ever since. Our many adventures include the founding of two consulting practices—Innovatics and thenew.org—and the creation of three international conferences on organization transformation, long before transformation became a meaningless buzzword. While I was at Leith & Price, Mo was working at The Changes Consultancy in partnership with Roy Langmaid, one of the UK’s leading consumer psychologists. Later, he became an advisor to New Solutions, a strategic marketing consultancy that was acquired by Omnicom. But beware of pigeonholing him as an advertising and marketing consultant. Mo cannot be put into a box of any kind. Psychologist, executive coach, conflict transformation exponent, solo autobiographical theatre pioneer, poet, writer, facilitator extraordinaire, Ph.D researcher, InterBe director: as you reach for the label, the bottle slips through your fingers. So click on More about Mo and watch the 12-minute video. The introductory music may seem a little schmaltzy but stick with it and you’ll get a glimpse of an extraordinary human being. I strongly encourage you to create an opportunity for experiencing the man doing what he does better than anyone else on the planet.
“Mo is brilliant at going three flights beyond what you thought possible.”+ Find out more about Mo
– Angus Jenkinson
Mo Cohen leading a session at Coaching Connect.
How Graham and I met is lost in the mists of time, but I remember he was a qualitative researcher at Pegram Walters Associates, which was eventually acquired by Synovate. A down-to-earth, tell-it-like-it-is Manchester man, a fierce opponent of the status quo with little regard for convention, Graham founded Informer, an influential youth culture consultancy that worked with Coca-Cola and other prominent companies. He subsequently joined Starcom Motive, a member of Publicis Groupe, as strategic planning director, before moving to New York, where he held the position of chief insight officer at Bravo, part of the WPP-owned Y&R network. Graham now runs The Insight Edge, a research and strategy firm with a strong analogue emphasis. We both live in Somerset and there are few greater pleasures that having a beer or two with Graham and hearing his latest ideas for turning the advertising industry upside down.
“The kind of work Graham does and the knowledge he has is hard to find anywhere else.”+ Find out more about Graham
– Sir John Hegarty, co-founder of Bartle Bogle Hegarty