Hi,  I'm Alicia McKay

I'm here to take the bullsh*t out of professional development. 

I've helped thousands of people to make smarter choices and level up their life, work and leadership.
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I don't like doing things the usual way. I've been forging my own path in the world since I was just a kid - scheming my way out of foster care and into university as a teen parent. I've always been frustrated by the pace of change and progress - especially when I know there's a better way.

I've spent my career helping people to find a better way. First, as a policy analyst and strategic planner for government. Then, as a management consultant travelling across New Zealand and Australia to work with public and private sector leadership teams. I've always specialised in the tricky stuff - organisational strategy, long-term planning, controversial decisions and failed projects.

I've worked with some of New Zealand and Australia's most senior leaders as a facilitator, coach and mentor. Here, I'm teaching the skills I wish my clients had been taught earlier - strategy, decision-making, change leadership, stress management and productivity.

I've worked with thousands of people facing the same issues. They're struggling to make good choices, roll out change, plan for the future and lead through uncertainty.
Now I’m off the tools and teaching people the skills they need to do this stuff without me. I've been running in-house and public training for the last few years, and I've published two books on strategy, change and leadership. It's time to broaden the net.

Important note: I believe in access. No-one should be denied the opportunity to learn. We've priced our courses to make that a reality - but if you're really struggling, please reach out and we will help.



Every course adheres to a set of key principles. We have strict quality control, to make sure you can access:
  • Active learning methodologies
  • Individual application and reflection
  • Plain English explanations
  • Best-practice tools and frameworks.
We'll be updating this section soon with more in-depth information about how we help you learn - and why it's streets ahead of everything else that's out there. Stay tuned!
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  • BA - Political Science; Media and Communication, University of Canterbury
  • BA (Hons) - Politics, Massey University
  • Investment Logic Certified Facilitator,  Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, Australia
  • Better Business Cases Practitioner, APMG International
  • Managing Benefits Practitioner, APMG International
  • Leadership Versatility Index Certified Assessor, Kaiser Solutions
  • IAP2 Certified, International Association of Public Participation
  • Black Belt, Thought Leaders Business School
  • Business Change and Policy, All of Government Registered Supplier, New Zealand
  • Author of From Strategy to Action: A Guide to Getting Sh*t Done in the Public Sector (2019)
  • Author of You Don't Need An MBA: Leadership Lessons that Cut Through the Crap (Major St Publishing; 2021)