Monkey Puzzle Blog

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There’s over 145 articles and counting - covering a broad range of topics across coaching, training and personal development and more. Written to be concise and actionable, they’ll give you takeaways after just a few minutes of your time.

Illustration of production line of creatives

Every leader or business owner wants to see more productivity, but there’s no set formula for achieving it. Productivity comes from a blend of an engaging culture, effective relationships, and being able to manage both time and stress. What’s more, creative people tend to need to be together to collaborate - and that’s something remote working has largely prevented these past few months.


Exhausted business woman working late

No one wants to leave a job they love because of burnout. Yet sometimes this feels like the only way out, despite the risks to career and finances. However, some people do recover - and do so while staying in their roles. For those that don’t succumb to burnout, how do they manage this and what advice can others take from this experience?


woman picking material color at factory

Creativity and innovation tend to fuel rapid business growth. Whether it’s ground-breaking design, new technology or a reputation for creative excellence - it can attract an influx of new business and new people. Add entrepreneurial leadership to the mix and things can really fly.


Various miniature people standing behind specs

Is it really possible to solve unconscious bias in organisations? We are often asked this question. We commonly team up with specialists in diversity, equity and inclusion to assist in cultural change programmes designed to do just this. So yes, we believe there are ways to address and manage unconscious bias - both in ourselves and in others.


Designers choose colour palettes

Creative people are often complex, and come with complex issues. It’s part of what makes them great at what they do - but not always easy to manage. Getting top creative talent to work well together calls for an understanding of their motivations and their behaviours.

By creative, we mean truly innovative people and while we tend to think of designers, it also covers professions like architects, product developers and content creators - roles that produce the exceptional work that defines an organisation.


Female Company Director at desk thinking

This is a common dilemma we hear from many excellent CEOs. They are stuck in a conflict between caring for their staff and wanting them to deliver. That’s probably why we are often asked ‘What is the sweet spot where people are performing at their best without negative consequences for their wellbeing?’.


Male in Coaching Session

The impact of COVID-19 has presented many people with unexpected professional and personal challenges. In just a few weeks, the landscape of work and life has changed in ways that are yet to fully unravel.

While lockdown and furloughing have been an uncertain time, it’s also created the space to reflect on the lives we lead. How will we cope with the return to work pressures but also find the time to pursue possible new directions?


Zoom meeting

As organisations return to work and take stock of the past few weeks, the conversation is shifting from ‘how to work at home during lockdown’ to ‘what remote working will mean to the future remote based organisation’. It’s a far reaching strategic issue.


Returning to work after the Pandemic

The government has issued a ‘conditional plan’ to ease the lockdown which contains some guidance on returning people to work. People who cannot work from home should return to the workplace from Wednesday but avoid public transport. More detail is to be added but the call to return to work, for some sectors at least, has raised safety concerns.


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