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Ali Hill

CEO Pragmatic Thinking Professional services

Currumbin Waters Queensland, Australia
Member Since Nov, 2011

"'All you need in life is love and lemonade ice-blocks'"

Psychologist and CEO of behaviour and motivation strategy company, Pragmatic Thinking, best-selling author of Stand Out: A real world guide to get clear, find purpose and become the boss of busy, host and producer of Stand Out Life podcast, wife to an amazing fella, mum to two absolute gems, and avid-avoider of all domestic duties (seriously you don't want me cooking you a meal. Like. Ever.).

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Why are you a Business Chicks member?

Business Chicks has been behind some of the most awesome experiences I've had in the last 7 years. From attending the best events around and hearing/meeting some of my all time favourite experts (such as Simon Sinek, Seth Godin, Tara Moss, Dr Brene Brown - twice), to connecting with inspiring and amazing business women who are now genuinely beautiful friends, to travelling to Malawi on the Immersion Leadership program with The Hunger Project, to de-fragging at Gwinganna, to emceeing the first Business Chicks conference at Uluru, to launching my podcast with incredible Business Chicks, to partnering with an event for the launch of my first solo book. Above all else I'm a Business Chick because these women lift me up and are shaking up the world in a way that I want to be at the forefront of right alongside them.

What's been the biggest pinch-me moment of your career?

Meeting Dr Brene Brown and being on track to be a BRW fast 100 company 18 months after the decision to build our business.

How do you deal with setbacks, failures and fear?

Arghh this is hard, right. Often I start with kicking dirt and sharing with my closest people. Then gather myself up and realise that the world still carries on, and know that I've got a choice to make about what to do next. Then I go for a run then get back to work.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever received?

That business is a game, and play it that way. It's all kinda made up anyway, so just have a crack and play all in.

Which women inspire you and why?

Brene Brown - relatable story-telling and creating a movement on vulnerability Mai Thiew - runs an orphanage in Thailand. She inspires me by her determination, her fight and her compassion Emma Isaacs - that lifting others up can be a business strategy

What's been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did it help shape who you are today?

Losing my Mum to bowel cancer two months after I got married. It was a brutal blow and there's not a day that goes by that I don't miss her desperately, that I don't wish my kids would have gotten to know here. This shapes me today because of what her legacy left behind in me and it gives me deep compassion connecting with other people. It's also the realisation that life is precious and short so make the most of the moments that matter.

What are you really good at? (We know this one's hard, you guys! As women, we tend to talk about what everyone else is good at. But now it's your turn.)

I'm great at holding a safe space for people to explore what matters to them, and be honest about what's holding them back. My ability to connect and engage with people is what sits behind my work as a psychologist, trainer, key-note speaker, but especially as an interviewer on a podcast series. I also do seriously good hugs ;)

What makes you happy?

Swims in the ocean, hearing my kids laugh, me and my besties under the stars with a glass of wine and nowhere else to be.

What's your definition of success, and how will you know when you've got there? (Go on, aim high!)

Success is: * building a culture where people are better human beings for coming to work, * where my kids are happy, healthy, and know both the pain of loss and the gratitude of abundance, and * having the highest rated podcast series in Australia

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