Welcome to monakowski.com

Hi! My name is Monica Otulakowski and I’m a business strategist and project manager working in Toronto, Canada.

monakowski.com is a web playground where I share my mission to reduce information overload and increase playful productive momentum in the workplace. If you’re passionate about operational efficiency and want to share your experiences of what works (or want to prototype new activities), please get in touch with me!




How I can help:

I team up with my colleagues in the Ontario Public Service to figure out public sector problems.

Strategy: How does our work fit into our ministry’s strategy? How can we dig into the problem? Who might we include in the conversation? To be effective, we all need a future focus for our workplace that is understood by all.

Leadership: Having worked closely with dozens of OPS leaders for years, I can offer a unique perspective of styles – and their outcome on staff. Plus, I really appreciate organizational development concepts and coffee, so let’s meet up.

Culture: Culture can, and must, be nurtured for sustainable performance. I am currently dabbling in this area to help improve team effectiveness. If you have any experience in diagnosing the links between a team’s current culture and business performance and co-creating a shared set of values, please let me know how you’re doing that.

High performing teams: Teams perform well when they have a clear understanding of roles/responsibilities and performance expectations. Out of all of my areas of expertise and interests, this is my heart’s work.

Innovation: Our success as a public sector depends on our ability to deliver innovative services. Having practiced a number of techniques over the last decade, I would love to extend this practice to you. While I host sessions based on human-centered design principles as part of my day job, I’m particularly interested in facilitating a 5-day sprint, as described in this book – Sprint: How to Solve Big Problemts and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days.