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Kieran Flanagan

Kieran Flanagan


After Dinner - Change Management - Creativity - Facilitation - Innovation - Inspiration - Keynote Speakers - Motivation - Thinking - Women in Business - Workshops

Creativity & Leadership

Kieran Flanagan has lead multi-national accounts across multi-disciplinary departments and businesses working at McCann, Smart, Kindred and VCD (a team she helped found and build into the agency of the year in her first three years in the industry).

At just 20 years old, Kieran was also one of the youngest Creative Directors to lead an award-winning advertising agency.

In that time, Kieran also directed the Strategic and Creative team behind the most successful new product launch in Australian history, won awards around the world for creativity and effectiveness, spent three years running Australia’s premier creative school, AWARD, and co-authored “Shift” with her business partner Dan Gregory.

She is currently the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at research, training and innovation think tank, The Impossible Institute, teaches and lectures at The Miami Ad School and has spoken to audiences as diverse as the UN in Singapore (as part of a group working to end human trafficking), sales teams for Coca Cola, leadership forums and education summits. All while producing work for markets as far flung as the United States, Russia, Asia, Europe and as a partner to TEDx Sydney.

Kieran is a passionate advocate for the commercial power of creativity and a return to more human engagement, cultures and leadership.

The Impossible Institute

The Impossible Institute was founded by Kieran Flanagan and Dan Gregory to make what’s not… possible! It exists to create and facilitate organization and cultural change.

In a world that is increasingly defined by our ability to adapt, innovate and engage, we advise sales departments and management on what truly drives their customers and staff, build highly functioning teams with Collaborative Intelligence™, apply discipline to creativity, removing the randomness and luck from Innovation and Strategy, and advise the C-Suite and boards on how to lead with the power of a purposeful identity.

They use a “teach a man to fish” model, primarily because research shows that that’s what works. This process generates more effective and measurable results, increased internal capabilities are also more profitable, create greater internal buy in as well as external engagement and ultimately create a more valuable and enthusiastic workforce for clients and their customers.

Kieran is much more than a keynote speaker. With a twenty year history in helping organizations be more strategic, creative and engaged, she also facilitates, trains and mentors through:

Half day and full day workshops including:

  • Facilitating strategic planning sessions at a board and senior management level
  • Moderating and participating in expert panel discussions and interviews
  • Coaching and Mentoring Marketing & Innovation Directors, Culture Managers and Leaders

Presentation Topics:

  • The Creative Leader - The leadership the world needs today
    The characteristics and capabilities demanded of The Creative Leader
    How to raise the Collaborative Intelligence (We-QTM) of your team
    What a leader needs to drive “loyalty beyond reason”
  • WE-Q - The rise of Collaborative Intelligence
    How to create a culture based on “Co-PIsTM” not just KPIs
    What leaders need to know to build teams that work together and avoid “white anting”
    Why successfully navigating change is a collaborative activity
  • Creating Engagement - Increase your insight - increase your influence
    How to approach developing customer and personal insights into what makes us engage and want to buy
    The key characteristics of human nature and how they motivate us at our core
    Why we “make” sales and “create” engagement
  • Creating Change - Do more than keep up - get out in front
    The trends shaping our world, business and the market place
    How to develop an “intra-preneurial” culture
    How to make innovation an internal discipline, not some random, unpredictable event


“Kieran’s insight and depth of experience across the ever-evolving commercial landscape is second to none. (She) works at the vanguard of business evolution and brings her audiences a rare opportunity to grow their own understanding of the skills and competencies we all need to cultivate for today and tomorrow.”

"Kieran’s ability to create solutions to complicated, political problems is extraordinary.”

“Kieran & Dan delivered riveting speeches that kept a diverse audience engaged and wanting more.”

“When we were looking for a speaker for one of our recent business conferences, Kieran was an obvious choice. Her talk was an absolute stand out. She was funny, content rich and relatable. Her examples came from real world experience (not text books) and above all, our audience responded extremely well."

“The team found her a great speaker and really enjoyed what she presented and wished we had been able to have her talk for longer. It was over too soon.”

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