Meet Ali Hill. Based in the Gold Coast and married to Darren Hill, she’s mum to Patrick (9) and Kate (7) while also CEO of Pragmatic Thinking Pty Ltd.
Tell us about your business/current role?
Pragmatic Thinking is a behaviour and motivation strategy company. We work with corporates around cultural direction, leadership development and phenomenal feedback cultures. I love this work because it’s based on psychology and science (who doesn’t love trying to understand people better?).
Where did the concept for this come from?
The concept came from realising that many business owners, leaders and managers have great technical skills but often don’t have anywhere to learn the human skills of their role. We wanted to combine what we know from behaviour, motivation and design to create epic programs that actually change what people do at work.
What’s your business background?
I’m a registered psychologist and have worked in clinical settings in the past.
Who were your mentors along the way?
There have been, and continue to be, a ton of amazing mentors. People such as Matt Church, Michael Henderson and Emma Isaacs. I’m an avid reader too so people like Brene Brown, Simon Sinek, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk are people whose work I’ve absorbed.
What time does a typical day start for you?
I’m up early, usually around 5am. I love the quiet of this time of the morning.
Who does the cooking and cleaning at your house?
My cooking usually results in the smoke-alarm going off, so fortunately my husband does a far share of the cooking. We share the cleaning and I also have an amazing housekeeper who helps us out.
If you have 10 minutes to yourself, what do you like to do?
Funnily, I want to do everything all at once. But I’d probably opt for a soak in a bath or to sit and read.
What do you do for childcare?
My kids are at school and I’m fortunate that my Dad lives in a granny flat with us so is available for drop-offs or pick-ups and overnight stays if needed.
Do your kids do many extracurricular activities?
They do a few like piano, swimming and a team sport, but I’m really conscious that they don’t have too much so they can enjoy being kids too.
What do you do for fun as a family?
We love going camping, hitting the beach together and have just started bike-riding together as a family.
What is your favourite thing to do for date night with your partner?
We travel so much with our work and therefore eat out at restaurants when we’re away, so our favourite date night is watching a movie (usually Gold Class!).
What is your favourite local place to visit?
I’m loving the cafe scene on the coast that’s growing. Our favourites are Dust Temple and Good Day.
How about favourite place to eat out as a family?
You’ll find us at Good Day having avo on toast every Sunday morning.
Where do you head to when you get time for a girls’ night out?
Usually just to someone’s house with a bottle of wine and awesome cheese.
What is your best beauty tip for mums?
A good night’s sleep 😉
Favourite place to shop (locally and online)?
Online: Ruby Olive, Lululemon and Booktopia. Locally: Skeleton Leaf at The Pines.
Must-have parenting tip or tool?
Help. Ask others for their support and prioritise you having time out for yourself (even if it’s just 30 minutes).
Can you share any tips on finding the right work/life balance?
It’s the perpetual challenge. My tip is to know what’s the stuff that feeds your soul – and book it into your week. For me it’s a swim in the ocean and hearing my kids laugh. We also have epic dance-offs around our kitchen on a regular basis.
How do you stay motivated in your career?
I’m really lucky that I love what I do and I love who I get to work with – both my team and the clients we connect with. So it’s not hard to stay motivated.
STAND OUT LIFE
Check out Ali’s podcast series called Stand Out Life where she speaks to influential women (and a few men) about what it takes to live boldly in a busy world. Think Jules Sebastian, Libby Trickett, Laura Geitz, Emma Isaacs, Emma MacDonald, Shelly Horton and more.