- South Australia
Over the last 25 plus years my career has had a solid mix of working with leading edge retailers, marketing and communications, learning and development and cultural and business re-design with a focus on entrepreneurialism.
Clients have included a diverse community including universities, national FMCG brands, local government, Financial Advisory firms , Outback Tourism and Hospitality legends and individuals looking to design a new career at a cross roads.
People choose me when they want new ways to solve persistent business problems .Or they may be at a career cross roads and need a strategic and creative sounding board.
My approach combines strategy, learning and development ,resource and process design plus real world trial and experimentation of new ideas.
Learning is accompanied by actions that are both pragmatic and measurable while leading to new processes, systems, skill, products and experiences.
My community is looking for more than traditional leadership training and have the courage and vision to reflect and ask WHAT IF?
My drive and passion is taking on challenges and finding new opportunities. I don’t do easy projects and love to do the work that requires creativity, courage and a curious mind .
Experience has taught me that innovation does not come from strength but from the ability and courage to look at skill gaps and risks and have the talent to turn it into something valuable. This approach has seen me successfully work across multiple businesses in Australia and over 2000 people employed in a variety of roles since 2008.
I am not a Consultant and if people need a label it would be thinker, facilitator, designer and activist.
People and businesses work with me when they are facing not only transition but also times of growth and acquisition when they must be looking at re-designing how business operates and the talent of their people.
I am driven to continually design and deliver ways of learning better and faster without comprising quality and have made a commitment to my own learning.
This commitment saw me study on site at Stern Business School – New York University in 2019 where I had the benefit of bench marking my talent while gaining new inspiration and tactics. This experience has led to new products and models of service delivery.
– Design the Future Before It Disrupts You – then have the Talent to Keep Re-Building It.
– Stop Focusing on Your Strengths – the New Opportunities that Come from Responding to Threats and Skill Gaps.
– Disruption is not just a pandemic – so what does this mean for how we do business and treat people.
– Why Undertaking an Innovation Capability Review is Essential to Business and Career.
– Stop Doing Strategic Plans if You Want to Actually Be Innovative and Productive.
– Why Most People Will Not Move Past the Ideas Phase – and the Solutions.
– The Truth About Collaborations People Don’t Talk About.
– The Art of Imagination and how to Get more of it into Life and Business.
– Designing a business that can seriously compete in the War for Talent.
Recent Speaking Engagements
Australian Regional Tourism Convention – Tasmania
Building Talent Beyond 2020 – Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Australia.
IPA (Institute of Public Accountants) Conference
Responding Smartly to the Age of Digital Disruption.
Coca Cola Amatil
Grant Thornton Financial Advisory
What it Takes to Own Your Career in Today’s Marketplace.
Australian Regional Tourism
What is the Role of Local Government in a Modern and Changing Tourism Industry?
Jetty Road Mainstreet Association and Mainstreet SA
Designing Modern Bricks and Mortar Experiences with Impact.
Capitalising on Regional Infrastructure by Adopting Innovation within Visitor Servicing
Leaders Institute of SA
Uberisation of the Workforce and the Challenges for Leaders
Public Library Services
Creating High Value Business Models To Remain Relevant
Tasmanian Tourism Industry Council Conference
Delivering Exceptional Experiences – Getting Back End Operations in Order
Style and Manner as a Facilitator
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Ali Uren, Founder and Director of Kiikstart, to write our Brand Sites Strategy and Master Plan. Ali is a wealth of knowledge with strong skills around strategy, sales and retail in a modern market.
She has a comprehensive understanding of the tourism and hospitality industries and could clearly identify and articulate the opportunities in our business. On top of that she is a high energy, honest and approachable business professional. She doesn’t avoid the hard topics but approaches them with tact and humility.
Zana Irwin, Business Development Advisor, Pernod Ricard –
Australia Home Brands – Jacob’s Creek and St Hugo
Lots of people talk about innovation, but Ali lives it.
She has a global mindset and challenges the status quo. Over the course of working with her, Ali asked us the pointy questions at the right times to help us evolve our thinking and create work that is both practical and action oriented, and cutting edge and aspirational.
I highly recommend her as a workforce strategist and learning and development coach. Ali keeps the customer and people at the centre of her thinking at all times, and her authenticity and creativity truly elevated our work.
One of the greatest gifts Ali gave us was to share her skills and work so openly, which meant we’ve walked away with many more tools in our kit and a greatly enhanced internal capability”
Jess Pincombe, Governance and Assurance, ICT and Digital Government, Department of the Premier and Cabinet
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