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Need some suggestions for holiday listening?


There’s always so much to know, discover and learn. That’s why I love podcasts. They feed my brain with new information, perspectives and insights. Whether I’m out jogging, travelling, walking the dog or picking up the kids, I’ll tune in to expand my understanding of the world around me. With over 50 on my playlist, each year I compile my current top 10. In alphabetical order:


How do you give difficult, impactful feedback in your workplace without offending anyone or being misconstrued?

“Pause, right now, and think about that moment in your career when someone told you something that stung a bit at the time, but stood you in good stead for the next 10 years. That is radical candour.”

If you just do one thing this week, listen to Kim Scott, co-creator of an executive education company and workplace comedy series based on her best-selling book Radical Candor – Be A Kick Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity.  Kim led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick teams at Google and then joined Apple University to develop and teach “Managing at Apple.” She’s also been a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and several other tech companies. Kim knows what she’s talking about. 

In this latest episode she talks about why it’s so difficult to be frank with people, how to be better at being candid, where you should start and more importantly, how to be radically candid in today’s workplace – i.e. how to give feedback when you’re not face to face. 

“If you’re doing it right, if you’re doing routine radical candour maintenance, it’s more like brushing and flossing. It’s not a root canal, it’s a two minute conversation.”

This is one podcast episode you don’t want to miss. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as we did!

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We’re excited to announce that the Scaling Up Summit is coming! 

In pre-COVID-19 times, you might normally have already attended a few energising business events. Now, you’ve done a few online, but the experience is not the same. Is it? Well, that’s been our experience.

That is why we are launching our Scaling Up Summit to inspire business owners. In September the children will be back at school. It’s time for us to be back to work, back to GROWTH! In our Scaling Up Summit, you and 99 other business leaders will spend a day working on your business, being inspired to think differently and building momentum into 2021.

If you already are a Monkhouse & Company client, don’t worry! We’ve saved your team a seat! 

The Summit will be a high impact mix of fast-paced, full of energy 20-minute talks, followed by 45-minute workshops, so you can go away with the practical knowledge to take your company forward. This event will help you pivot your business and inspire you to get the energy back into your team.

We have carefully curated 9 inspirational speakers that our current clients have found of great value for their businesses. They will talk about core customers, strategic positioning, innovation, productivity, and more. Some of them have been guests on The Melting Pot podcast, including Shannon Byrne Susko, Justin Roff-Marsh and Nic Marks. 

Come and join us!


In this episode, our very own Dominic Monkhouse talks to Tristan White following the publication of his book, ‘F**k Plan B’.  In the interview, we learn about Dom’s fascinating and wide-ranging journey from a technician to an inspiring and empowering leader, including leading some impressive fast-growing global technology businesses through significant challenges.


Months into the pandemic and its economic fallout, a lot of workers are feeling understandably anxious and insecure about the future. What can companies do to boost morale? Laura Gallaher, an organizational psychologist in Orlando, Florida, suggests one deceptively simple exercise: Ask the management team to name their top priority.


Many of us have had our summer vacation plans cancelled due to the pandemic. Perhaps you planned to visit family or take your annual beach vacation. Or maybe you were scheduled to celebrate a milestone with big trip — a food and wine tour of France or an African safari. Whatever your thwarted plans entailed, you might be thinking of skipping a vacation altogether. And given that productivity has been hampered for many of us over the last few months, it’s easy to think, “I should keep working, so I can get more done,” or “What’s the point? I can’t really go anywhere.”


If you are like many of the executives with whom we’ve been talking over the last few months, you and your leadership team invested years cultivating an effective culture — one that is both strategically relevant, because it prioritizes the behaviors essential to the success of your business, and strong, in the sense that employees trust that it is real and value it. Such cultures help companies attract and retain great people and contribute to fantastic bottom-line performance.


In June 2009, Caspar and Nichola created a plan to sail around the world with their young children. Most people thought they were crazy. But over the past seven years they’ve embraced every moment of this momentous chapter of their lives. Five years of planning – the vision, the values, the practicalities, the realities, the excitement, the highs, the lows and the seemingly adventure-stopping obstacles – led to two wonderful years of living their dream – the magical and the scary; enjoying life and learning as a family. This is Caspar’s story. It’s a story of a fabulous sailing adventure but it’s also so much more than that – it’s an inspirational tale for all those wishing they could do the same; it’s a practical guide to show you just how you can make it happen; it’s a motivational story of leadership and teamwork within a family; and it’s a funny, heart-warming tale of slightly unconventional family life. 


It’s 1942. America has just joined the war.
Greyhound, an international convoy of thirty-seven allied ships, is in operation. Captain Krause must lead his first command of a US destroyer as the convoy ploughs through the icy, submarine-infested North Atlantic seas. For forty-eight hours, Krause will play a desperate cat and mouse game against the wolf packs of German U-boats. His mission looks doomed to fail. But armed with extraordinary courage and grit, hope may just be on the horizon. . .

This is a riveting classic of naval warfare from the author of the legendary Hornblower series.



Something that tends to happen naturally when we’re in the office is explaining why you’re asking someone to do something.  But when giving instructions to someone remotely, this can often get lost.  Make a point of overcommunicating when someone isn’t in the room with you. Say why you’re asking for a task to be done and how it fits into the bigger picture.  Research has shown that if people can see the impact of their actions on the business or the customer, they’ll be more engaged in the task.

Upcoming events

Monkhouse & Company Summit, Foundry Farm – 15 September 2020

Join us for a day of learning, development and fun. We’ll be hosting 9 keynote speakers to talk about culture, strategy and execution.  They’ll also facilitate a workshop to help you put into practice what you’ve learned. Confirmed speakers include: Shannon Susko, author of 3HAG Way; Justin Roff-Marsh, author of The Machine; and Nic Marks, founder of Friday Pulse and the Happy Planet Index. We’re excited to see you here!

Monkhouse & Company Full-day Scaling Up Workshop, Foundry Farm – 16 September 2020

Bring your team to our one-day Scaling Up Workshop, where you will get the clarity you need to move forward, by identifying your strategy and achieve your 3-Year Highly Achievable Goal (3HAG). After this highly practical session, your team will leave with a clear-cut understanding of the purpose and core values that make your company unique and valuable.

Acetech Summit, Whistler – 14-16 October 2020 (re-scheduled)

An exclusive annual gathering of high-growth tech CEOs. This powerful three-day summit will transform how you define success and deliver growth in 2020 and beyond.

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‘Isn’t it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?’

Zig Ziglar

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