Are we a good fit for you?

Our clients believe in developing exceptional people to share their journey. They might be realising a life changing project or taking the whole organisation towards a new goal. To build better, they know they need to achieve better.

They have a very clear vision of where they want to go - and how they want to innovate. As leaders, they need to find the time to lead - and as teams, to align with purpose and direction.

They recognise the challenges that lie ahead. They know that, as much as they might want to change the world - the world can’t change by itself. That’s because ultimately, behind every visionary, and every purposeful organisation - is a powerful team.

Our clients are passionate about the potential they offer. That’s why we are passionate about helping them bring about positive and impactful change.

Are we a good fit for you?

People we've worked with

North Lanarkshire Council
Fidelity Worldwide Investment
Aberdeen Asset Management
Cath Kidston
Jamie Oliver
Stephen George & Partners
Scottish Widows
Eden Tree
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
ICS Learn
Monmouthshire County Council
National Health Service
Thomson Reuters
Heathrow Airport
Barnet Waddingham
Freeways Trust
John Lewis
Russell & Aitkin

We commissioned Monkey Puzzle to undertake bespoke training for part of the team involved in our Cultural and Behavioural Change programme. They really understood the brief and importantly designed and delivered to it exactly, whilst adding inspiration and true insight. They met individual learning needs at the same time too, giving the people in the team a real boost of passion and purpose. If you're serious about organisational change then you're in the right hands with Monkey Puzzle, I'd say.

John McConnachie, Monouthshire County Council. Principle Training Manager

John has been working with us as a leadership coach for over a year and I have already seen a significant change in the people that he's been working with. John is different from other coaches I've worked with in the past. Through his business knowledge, NLP and therapeutic approach to the whole person, he really makes a difference to their self-awareness, confidence and ultimately business results. John has a truly holistic approach and is a very warm and engaging person who is great fun to work with. I'm delighted to be working with Monkey Puzzle training and look forward to working in partnership to continually develop our leadership team.

Pauline Buckley, Cath Kidston Ltd

Client Success Stories

Stephen George + Partners Logo
Stephen George + Partners is one of the UK’s leading architectural practices and having gone through a phase of growth and diversification, realised the requirement to invest in the development of their senior leadership team as they took on more and more responsibility.

We have a lot of really good people, and really good architects but our business and leadership skills were underdeveloped and we knew we had to address that if we were to retain and support our values, culture and quality of service. I had attended some of Monkey Puzzle’s programmes before and thought their ability to tailor to the needs of the audience would be great for us, plus when it comes to psychology and innovative businesses, they really know what they’re talking about

Nick Austin, Practice Director
In 2015 we started by designing a series of business development workshops to get senior and client facing people thinking about how to develop their business skills, whilst keeping their authenticity and integrity. This developed into a series of leadership development sessions with Partners and Directors where they worked through bonding as a group, making quicker and more confident decisions and developing a client focused culture that was sustainable and practical. Today SGP hold quarterly strategy events with us which fulfils three requirements: to keep their leadership development skills fresh and topped up, to work through any complex or thorny issues that need resolving and to review progress and plan.

The Monkey Puzzle team are more like friends and partners than suppliers and we feel confident bringing them in for any people development related issues. They are experts at creating win win situations where everyone is treated with dignity. In the group sessions they run, what we love is that they are totally flexible, and can elegantly go with whatever tangent we throw at them rather than stick doggedly to a plan. They always get us a great result and everyone comes away challenged, motivated and inspired because they have the clarity and confidence to know what they need to do and how to do it.

James Nicholls, Managing Partner
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ICS Learn, the UK’s most recommended online learning provider *, asked us to deliver a Collaborative Leadership Programme for their senior leadership team (SLT).

Whilst the SLT had been working well, it needed to be able to work together more coherently and at a different level of intensity and professionalism to meet the additional requirements of their new PE investors. The CEO Colin Kennedy wanted a learning experience that was practical so that a busy SLT could implement actions straight away after each session. We used our flagship programme as a base for the design but tailored it to Colin’s requirements, by providing more condensed sessions and a looser strategy workshop format rather than a traditional training one. Over 6 months of half-day monthly group sessions, interspersed with one-to-one coaching for each SLT member, John and Lara drew on the programme material as it was applicable to the real day-to-day challenges the team was facing in the business, whilst maintaining a learning focus.

I knew I needed someone who I could trust and having worked with Monkey Puzzle previously at Thomson Reuters and other organisations, they were my immediate choice. The Monkey Puzzle team has an amazing ability to use leading edge theories and models in a totally practical way. We actually got things done as an SLT whilst focusing on our leadership development at the same time.

Colin Kennedy, CEO ICS Learn
As a result of the programme the SLT felt more confident about dealing with complex team challenges, developed an improved understanding of each other and their teams’ behaviours and were able to work through issues and opportunities together more effectively and productively. The SLT’s growth and development was also recognised and commented on by the new investors in the increased coherence, confidence and quality of their interactions.

I have used Monkey Puzzle for over 12 years at 4 different companies. Their business mentoring skills and techniques allow them to adapt to all different types of audiences so that each individual learns more about him/herself and ensures that those within the group understand their peers far better, allowing teams to be more productive, more successful and have more fun. On both a personal and business level, I have always enjoyed my time with John and the team and learn something new every time we get together.

Colin Kennedy
*ICS Learn has the highest Net Promoter Score (NPS) against its competitors amongst learners. Source: Parthenon-EY HR Employer and Learner Survey 2017.

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