To make something start to happen, happen more quickly, or improve."
Our Vision + Mission
We've never been one for putting people in boxes - ourselves included.
Kiikstart is based in Australia but with a global focus. We are unique in the fact that we find innovation and new business opportunities from skill gaps, threats and risks.
The experiences of 2020 have largely shown that while the speed of innovation has increased, the processes, business models and staff skillset have largely failed to keep pace. A challenging and overwhelming thought no doubt, but it is possible to plan a way forward and close the gap between here and now and where you need to be.
For over 12 years, Kiikstart has had the benefit of working successfully with over 2000 people to create new careers in times of challenge, plus multiple businesses who are brave enough to ask 'what if…?'
We work with businesses and individuals that want to use their ambition and influence for positive impact and are looking for new tactics and skills to solve modern problems through innovation.
"I will be your creative and strategic sounding board throughout the process."
My mantra is to provide teams and individuals with the skills needed to design the future and keep redesigning it. And to do so in a world which at times is downright complex.
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're facing transition, growth or acquisition. Sometimes all three.
I'm driven to continually design and deliver ways of learning better and faster without compromising quality, and I've made a commitment to my own learning.
What they said...
Ali Uren of Kiikstart provided our employees with creative, modern and proven approaches to generate new opportunities in an increasingly competitive and changing market. Since commencing the program, our employees are more confident and can tell their career story highlighting individual achievements and transferable skills. I would highly recommend the Kiikstart program to businesses and individuals who are going through transitions or wanting to take a new career path.”
I have worked with Ali (Kiikstart) for approximately two years, in transitioning Coca Cola Operational Employees out of Coca Cola to other opportunities, due to the closure of the Manufacturing Plant, Thebarton (SA). Ali’s passion and driving characteristics are infectious, plus the ability to build individual and corporate relationships quickly ensures success.
On a personal level, I too have now engaged with KiikStart to provide me with this unique service to enable me to take the next step in my professional journey."
So much has changed and I’m not sure I can fully quantify it.
I can tell my story better. I can see my value and that of the work. I can dream. I can question. I can see patterns. I can see myself and how I make decisions. Habits are broken (bad(ish) ones). Things are more deliberate. Things are uncomfortable so change is happening.
Thank you, Ali. This has been transformational and important. There is no going back. As said by Oliver Wendell Holmes “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
Coaching with Kiikstart has been an incredible journey. I’ve been challenged to reflect on my talents, my organisation, how I present myself and how to build a personal brand. This is a new and innovative approach, no cookie cutting here. Management has moved on from its old way of thinking and Kiikstart’s approach is ahead of any organisation.”
Kiikstart helped me address my fears, concerns and perceived weaknesses. Being able to have honest and safe conversations about these issues allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of my own leadership style and business acumen. I was given the tools and guidance to challenge my thinking, articulate my goals, and most importantly, focus my attention on my strengths.”
My colleagues and I met Ali at a 'skills for the future' event. What struck me immediately was her goodwill, approachable nature and strong sense of purpose and passion for her work and the industry. 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.”
Regional Tourism Ambassador, Ali Uren, is a valued contributor to the Tourism Hub providing engaging and informative advice and information to industry.
Ali provides mentorship to successful applicants of the Emerging Tourism Professional Program. Through Ali's guidance candidates have developed career activation plans and have been successful in progressing their career and securing new roles. With her enthusiasm for developing people, it is always a pleasure working with Ali.
It was my pleasure to partner with Kiikstart during a significant project for Coca-Cola Amatil. Ali took the time to understand our needs and really tailor a program to maximise the benefits for our employees and create an experience that is totally unique, incredibly personalised and with a real focus on creativity and innovation.”