Jack is a co-creation pioneer with 30 years of experience in the fields of breakthrough innovation, whole systems change and complex problem solving.
He is the founder of the Ironhorse, helping UK rail industry leaders respond to tough challenges with effective collaborative action.
Jack Martin Leith leading a workshop at European Sharing on Systems Thinking, Prague, Czech Republic, 18–20 June 2015.
Download Creating Greatness in the Realm Beyond Systems Thinking (pdf — 22pp), an article forming part of an e-book for participants in this event.
Here are some of the things Jack’s clients and colleagues have said about him.
Dr. James Wilk MA Oxf, MSc Oxf, PhD, FCybS, University of Oxford:
“For three decades Jack has been the go-to walking encyclopaedia of the very best and most innovative management and organization theory. He is second to none in comparing, contrasting, and critiquing models, explaining complex management thinking simply and memorably, and turning ideas into effective practice. A sophisticated thinker of this calibre and breadth of knowledge who is also a skilled practitioner, is these days something of a rarity.”
Dr. Math Kohnen, formerly a member of the Group Strategy unit at Royal Dutch Shell and a vice president at Shell GameChanger:
“Jack worked with the Shell GameChanger team to design and deliver innovation workshops in Rijswijk, Netherlands (with a large group of first assignees); in Moscow, Russia (with scientists from a range of scientific institutions); and in Trondheim, Norway (with academics from Norwegian University of Science and Technology). His understanding of the issues, passion for innovation and down-to-earth approach made a valuable contribution to GameChanger.”
Read the article Shell GameChanger — A Safe Place to Get Crazy Ideas Started, on Management Innovation eXchange website
Paul Levy, a senior fellow at University of Brighton – Centre for Change, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, and the founder of Rational Madness Theatre Company, FringeReview and CATS3000:
“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. Jack 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.”
Angus Jenkinson, formerly Professor of Integrated Marketing at University of Bedfordshire; currently chairman at The Department and founder of Thinking:
“I have worked with Jack Martin Leith for 20 years. He has one of the most brilliant, penetrating, erudite, and practical minds I know. With his exceptional experience of innovation, large group work and organisation development, he is a terrific partner for clients and consultancies with major projects.”
Tom Bourner, Emeritus Professor of Personal and Professional Development at University of Brighton, UK:
“A jack of all trades and master of many.”
Bob Janes, formerly a director at ICI Melinex:
“I have known Jack well for more than a decade, as a client, colleague and friend. His knowledge and enthusiasm for his work are unequalled and his originality and client focus exemplary.”
Enriching the world: Is it good business practice?
That’s the title of a five-minute talk Jack gave at Ignite Bristol (motto: Enlighten us, but make it quick) on 31 October 2010. The 20 slides accompanying the talk auto-advance every 15 seconds.
Paul Miller, CEO and founder of Digital Workplace Group and author of The Digital Workplace:
“I have heard many people over many years try to ‘persuade’ die hard ‘financial-only’ driven business people that ‘being good’ is also good business. But this talk PROVES the point better, faster and with better evidence that I have ever heard. As a CEO of a smallish niche global business we just assume ‘good’ as being part of work. My sense also is that many large corporates have changed quite a lot in the last two decades as more and more leaders know and want to succeed in the right way. Amazing video!”