Mantes is the plural of Mantis (in British English). The word Mantis is the ancient Greek word for Prophet. The insect Mantis is often referred to as the “Praying Mantis” due to its posture where the forelimbs are folded forwards in a prayer-like position. The name literally means prayerful prophet or “Seer”. We use the plural version because together as a team we are a group of Seers.
We have a deep desire to really SEE and this is at the heart of our DNA as a consultancy. We don’t take anything at face value and we always consider the wildest of perspectives. We question everything, although not always out loud (that would be exhausting, right?!). We believe that the most impressive innovations emerge naturally when all assumptions and limitations are stripped away and the heart of the issue is addressed with authenticity and creativity.
The Praying Mantis was revered in many ancient cultures and was believed to have supernatural powers. Within our team and across our family of preferred suppliers and consultants, we bring an approach that is mindful, holistic, respectfully inquisitive and boundlessly creative. We want to launch projects that serve all stakeholders in profound ways and that requires a special depth of perspective.
We are the Seers. We are Mantes.
Every project or new venture needs a special team of people to deliver it. Our commitment to creating outstanding projects can only be delivered with a diverse team that has learned to communicate with absolute authenticity. We love relationships and the special creative dynamics that can emerge between skilled people. Such creative harmony comes from careful team design.
It is essential that teams are designed with both professional expertise and personality types in mind; the best teams have an intentional mix of skills and personalities to ensure that the collective team energy is pulling in the right direction and at the right pace.
We use a personality profiling tool called Path Elements Profile (PEP); it provides a powerful way of exploring and communicating each person’s working style and preferences. We love it because it provides a vocabulary for discussing the strengths and challenges of colleagues and therefore enables an inoffensive way of building teams intentionally.
The logo is designed to show the four key personality types required in most effective teams. PEP is very similar to many other tools that use four headline personality categories, but we especially like PEP because it uses the natural elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Wind and the character attributes use a lot of metaphor within these four headlines.
From right to left (very briefly!)
The Wind is pedalling the big wheel, providing ideas, passion and momentum.
She’s also having a great time and naturally motivating others along the way.
The Fire is enjoying an elevated view, looking straight ahead and guiding towards the most efficient route to get the job done. He’s decisive, loves strategy and output.
The Water is keeping a keen eye on the whole team, making sure that everyone feels safe, heard and looked after. She loves to be part of a harmonious happy team.
The Earth is looking backwards and considering much of the practical detail. He’s grounded, dependable and very thorough. He’s likely to consider things that others had not even thought about.
Together, the team has the necessary breadth and depth of attributes to make a project fly!