Disruption, whether you react to it or cause it, is the new normal for business. The rewards for getting it right are huge, and the consequences for failure are terminal. So why do so many organisations continue to fumble it? That is the challenge that Menkus & Associates addresses. The key is to understand the organisation’s readiness to act at the critical top and middle levels and then to deliver a tailored activation programme. That is what Menkus & Associates does: we help you activate your organisation’s capacity to succeed.
Who we are
Belden is the founder and Director of MenKus & Associates, a research and advisory firm that helps leaders fully activate their organisation’s potential to succeed.
Originally from the US, Belden started his consulting career with McKinsey & Co where he worked across a range of service and manufacturing industries. Subsequently, he was recruited by CSC Index to help create and deliver a breakthrough methodology using emerging technology to change organisational culture. After a variety of corporate development venturing and roles, Belden returned to management consulting in 2002.
Willson is a facilitator of change, leadership coach, and organisational development consultant. He specialises in working with organisations that are “stuck” in their change, by facilitating awareness and understanding of the blockers, and to release new energy and focus to deliver results. He helps leaders to develop plans that engage and empower their teams. He brings a direct facilitation style that enables issues to be brought to the table, and resolutions to be identified and agreed more quickly, and effectively.
He has worked in large corporates in organisation development roles. His career has encompassed strategy consulting with Gartner Group, and marketing with a range of technology firms. Today he works with established and fast growth businesses, as well as companies undertaking significant transformation. He is currently architecting a new initiative to put people at the heart of how digitally transforming businesses work.
Willson graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in Modern Languages, and Philosophy. He holds an MBA specialising in HR with Distinction, from Cass Business School, and was awarded the Guild of Management Consultants’ prize for the best MBA project. He has completed the Ashridge Coaching for Organisational Consultants programme.
As an analyst at Menkus & Associates, Alex provides tailored quantitative solutions for clients, varying from psychological and cultural diagnostic tools to high level operational models. Alex’s interests lie in enabling behavioural change to keep up with the technological disruptions.
Alex holds a PhD in theoretical physics from Imperial College where he conducted research around the topics of invisible cloaking and plasmonics, leading a team of international collaborators. He also has a Master of Physics degree from the University of Oxford and an Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Design Fellowship from the Imperial College Business School and the Royal College of Art.
While pursuing his PhD Alex also explored connections between technology and the environment in various projects. Starting at an NGO called WindAid in 2013, he put up small turbines in rural communities and schools in Peru, and, in parallel, directed an award-winning documentary exploring climate and water issues in their communities. In 2014 he co-developed several ideas that gained top 10 recognition at the London Mayor’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur competition. Consequently, he worked in the Urban Development Group at Siemens AG, analysing urban solutions in the context of global Megatrends and publishing a thought piece on Digitalisation.