Fifth House Group President Ken Ashdown is a lapsed musician and former music journalist, indie label entrepreneur, and major label executive. Over his career Ken has worked with some of the music industry’s biggest stars, including Shania Twain, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, Dire Straits, New Order, David Bowie, the Pixies, and U2. He served as Vice President at PolyGram Group Canada (Mercury/Polydor division) and later at QDesign Corporation, a leading provider of advanced digital audio compression technologies. An award-winning, certified adult educator, Ken spent several years as Head of Department at Vancouver Film School’s innovative Entertainment Business Management transmedia program and has been hailed as a “master teacher.” He earned his Master of Arts (MA) degree in Music Business Management (with Distinction) from the University of Westminster in London, England, his certification in Mediation/Third Party Intervention at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and is a Belbin® Team Role Accredited facilitator. Among other associations he is a member of the Cultural Human Resources Council, Music Tank, and the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association. In addition to curating the back catalogue for his independent publishing company and record label, his greatest passions include leadership, environmental issues and sustainability.
Prior to joining forces under the Fifth House Group umbrella, our team has collectively helped hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals. A partial list of past and present clients includes:
At Fifth House Group, we view our clients as the experts within their own systems. Our expertise is in the solutions that improve interpersonal or organizational health and effectiveness.
Our process always begins with a free, no-obligation consultation or Initial Meeting.
If the fit is right and agreement is reached, Diagnosis is the critical first post-contracting step. This requires extensive research and assessment, and we survey or interview those involved to collect appropriate data about the situation. The Diagnosis results in useful Feedback for the client, and a solid basis for the decision for any subsequent action.
There are two main pathways for action: Interventions, or Workshops & Training. Interventions can include, but are not limited to, Appreciative Inquiry, dialogue, group process facilitation, Open Space Technology, Participative Design Workshop, Search Conference, Organizational Climate Assessments, Coaching, Negotiation, Facilitation, Mediation, and Conciliation. Click here for a list of our current Training & Workshops; we also offer custom packages to suit your needs.
You ultimately decide the most appropriate course of action, with our support, because you’re the expert in your own situation.
Once the appropriate Intervention or Training has been delivered, there is post-assessment and evaluation, with further Follow-up and Closure.
Fifth House Group offers an holistic approach that incorporates personal, interpersonal, group, and system dynamics.
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Mission, Vision, and Values
Our Vision: Fifth House Group is the leading provider of conflict management, team building, and leadership skills training services for the creative arts & entertainment industries. Through our work and that of our creative clients the world is healthier, more peaceful and sustainable.
Our Mission: We enable artists and creative organizations to captivate audiences and produce transcendent experiences by helping them remove barriers to inspiring collaborations.
Our Values: We value co-creative working relationships; thoroughly ethical behaviour; and positive, transformational outcomes.