Elk Kin helps senior leaders deliver their best for their customers, their organisations, and for themselves by bringing clarity to challenges and focus to growth plans.
We take a human-centred approach to business.
We analyse the needs of customers, your team and leaders to build sustainable performance, looking through three lenses:
Leaders we work with value our help to align and focus these priorities, leverage strengths and look for pain points. We find the disconnects. We use human-centred tools and techniques to help you get out of the complexity and into action.
Every leader can benefit from our experience and apply it in their own unique way. We never use the same solution twice. We work fast, but we never make quick fixes. Our results are immediate, and deliver business growth and improvements to your customer experience.
Helping leaders lead with a strong sense of purpose: that’s our purpose.
We can help where you need it most
Translate customer needs into business action
Diagnose the disconnects in the business inhibiting growth
Translate customer needs into business action
Our Tool Kit
Customer journey mapping
Go To Market Strategy
Customer Value Proposition
Plan on a page
KPI & Objective setting
Incentive & commission planning
Capability Development programs
Karen’s passion lies in developing purpose led strategies for organisations and community.
A senior leader across multiple disciplines including Customer Experience, Innovation, Marketing, Product Management, New Product Development, Sales and Operations in the Corporate market. Karen’s track record in leading various functions has given her a deep understanding of business and of building high performing teams.
Karen has led change in complex environments to build organisational wide commitment to customer centricity and innovation delivering significant improvements for customers and the business. Karen’s strength lies in her ability to translate complex information into a narrative to inspire action within the organisation and implement improvements with measurable results.
Karen’s passion lies in developing purpose led strategies for organisations and community. Karen previously led the Optus Business Corporate Social Responsibility program, is a founding member of the Gidget Foundation and Chairperson for The Generous and the Grateful.
Karen currently leads a start-up fashion business – One P Design that is focused on creating a clothing range for women in business. She also offers her insight and practical experience in customer experience, innovation, change management and leadership to the corporate and not for profit sectors in way of thought leadership, content creation, training and mentoring.
Why the name
Elk – The elk or wapiti is one of the largest species within the deer family, Cervidae, in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America and Eastern Asia
Kin – noun “one’s family and relations”
For Karen life is all about family. Her immediate family is made up of Ella, Lorraine and Karen. Add to that her extended family and all the women in her life she now considers family.
Karen relates to Elks as they are social animals who live in same-sex herds with 10-20 females who come together in much larger groups to support each other as they migrate to higher ground.
Karen’s coaching strength is anchored in her intuitive human centred approach to everything she does. Add this to her purpose-led approach and it is a recipe for something quite special. She asks the non-obvious questions to push me deeper to gain my own insight. She has helped me cut through all the noise in my life and gain clarity on what’s really important to me and what I have to offer. She has set me up for the next career in my life and got me really excited and confident to move into it.
- Shirvington & Fisk Interiors
Incredible day Karen! You were born for this! Just reviewing the output and its incredibly distilled. Just so appreciative and excited! THANK YOU SO MUCH! A HUGE thanks again for a really productive, worthwhile day with so many outputs for us to move forward. Really exciting for us! It sure is your calling Karen, you’re brilliant.
- The Hamper Spot
Karen, I just want to say thank you for your time and efforts with my business. Simply put, you are amazing and so good at what you do. I’m really thankful to have you coaching me on this journey. My spirits and energy towards growing and expanding my business thrive after our meetings. I am so pleased with the outcomes so far and can't wait to see where to from here.
- Director Innovation, EY
Karen has extensive experience as a practitioner of Customer Experience, Innovation and Leadership. I have worked with Karen for 7 years and through that time she has always been my first go-to person for problem solving. She has an incredible blend of strategic thinking and implementation ability. A rare and highly sought after capability set. Karen was there at the beginning of the Customer Experience movement in Australia and I have not found anyone more knowledgeable and practical in its application. She will help keep it simple and effective for any client. I rate Karen amongst the best Customer Experience professionals in the country.
- New Technology Innovator
I seriously can’t thank you enough for your generosity of spirit and knowledge, with a brilliant dose of genuine passion for coaching us in our fledgling business - thank you, thank you, thank you.
I cannot thank Karen enough for the support and assistance she provided in transitioning my career from a health clinician into a strategic and educational role within Health. Karen's warm and caring approach was key in building my confidence to change my career direction. She is an amazing coach and her level of expertise and experience in the job application and interview process resulted in me being the preferred applicant. My new position has been life changing for both myself and my family. She definitely has a gift!
- General Manager – Community, North Queensland Toyota Cowboys
We have engaged Karen’s skills and talents to assist us on numerous projects across our business. Professional sporting organisations such as ours are complex, competitive, fast paced and have a large number of very passionate stakeholders and departmental owners. Karen has been instrumental in assisting our business in realigning to a broader strategic focus by working across all business units and very quickly being able to identify areas of concern and providing insightful and strategic direction in mitigation and reshaping. The impact of the work Karen has been able to deliver has improved processes, efficiencies and communications across the business which in turn has had a profound impact on the bottom line and improved the way we do business. Karen has also provided services to our business as a professional mentor for some of our Managers – the feedback has been very positive and this support has seen these Managers really lift in their confidence and capability in the way they get more from their own teams. In summary Karen has been a godsend to our business and our people and we will continue to engage her services above all others. The skills, insight, integrity and positive energy she brings to our business is really valuable, she is the ultimate professional and we trust that our projects are safe in her hands. Highly recommend!
- Chief Marketing Officer, North Queensland Toyota Cowboys
Just wanted to pop you a short note of gratitude for the work you did with me and my team, the benefit of which we are experiencing daily! Your ability to assess our team, its dynamics and processes and provide a roadmap forward with both authority and empathy has provided a sustainable platform for a marked improvement in the marketing team’s efficiency and effectiveness. The team felt heard and empowered after spending time with you and I felt like I had a partner on a daunting but rewarding journey. Even though you’re no longer with us on a daily basis, your wise counsel echoes around the team as we make the conscious effort to have honest conversations, make feedback a natural part of our processes, and walk often in the shoes of our internal and external clients.
- CEO, North Queensland Cowboys Former Vice President of Sales, Optus Business
Karen is gifted in being able to clearly identify and articulate the connection between the purpose of a business and its requirements for customers, employees and stakeholders. She has the people capability and the technical project management skills to work within an organisation to bring the people together to focus on delivering the business purpose and customer outcome. Karen’s belief supported by her integrity and honesty makes her an incredibly strong partner to work with during these transformational periods. All this combined she also wants to see the outcome – from start to finish. She is a real partner focused on delivering your outcomes.
- Macquarie University Incubator
I would like to say a massive thank you to Karen for her time, effort and expertise that she has brought to our community and programs. Karen is very generous with her time, especially at short notice, and the quality of her work is nothing short of outstanding. We were lucky enough to have her host our Customer Discovery Workshop, for budding entrepreneurs, corporates and SMEs alike, during our Go Program in the first half of 2018. Her expertise within this field ensured that all participants left with a well-rounded understanding of what customer discovery actually is, the tools you need and how to use them, and some specific techniques to ensure you get authentic answers from customers! Our audience loved it, see what they said: “I hope the coming events will be just like this one – this is the best one since the program started!” and “Fantastic delivery, only improvement is that more time would have been amazing! Thanks Karen!”. We were also lucky enough to host Karen as one of our judges at our final Pitch Night, where not only did she give all those who pitched great advice, but she has also started mentoring one of our student entrepreneurs!
- Academic Lead - Macquarie University Incubator & Founding Partner, The Fisherfolk Collective
I have had the pleasure of working alongside Karen in large corporate and start-up settings. Karen brings innate skill in customer experience to her work, combines it with knowledge gained from broad ranging commercial experience and supplements this with a natural ability to absorb and integrate complex work and project contexts. In short, Karen is the real deal when it comes to creating valuable, targeted and actionable insight to leading and coaching change. Her articulate, intelligent and empathic approach enables successful evolution and transformation projects, whether this be enhancing customer experience, innovation capability, business design or organisational structuring. She is particularly skilled at supporting teams and individuals through the most challenging components of transformation, using a purpose driven approach to build pathways from status quo to desirable and sustainable outcomes. Best of all she does this with a simplicity and clarity that makes her not only incredibly effective, but a joy to work with.
- Community Operations Manager, North Queensland Cowboys
Karen has been able to draw on her vast knowledge and experience to provide coaching and advice, for both personal leadership and strategic planning. Karen has the ability to listen to what you are experiencing, and advise different strategies and approaches to take, which provide clarity and build self-confidence to take the next step. Feeling that she truly cares in the steps that you are taking, the ability you have, and the balls that you juggle as a mother to young children while trying to keep your career on track, is reassuring. Karen’s ability to think strategically and provide advice on longer-term planning allowed me to re-think approaches, and drill down into how the longer term picture translates to the day to day activities for my team and myself to ensure we achieve success. Karen’s support and guidance is so greatly appreciated, I would highly recommend for others to work with her.
- Head of Australia, New Zealand & Asia Pacific, Pivotel Group
Karen is one of the most capable individuals I have had the pleasure of working with. Her ability to simplify and create clarity out of complexity is phenomenal. Her ability to analyse, synthesis, understand and articulate customer centred strategies is world class! I have seen her help organisations, teams and individuals put customers at the heart of their businesses. I would recommend her to any organisation wanting to sharpen its focus on customers. Thank you, Karen, for your passion insight support and professionalism
- CEO and Founder, the Generous and The Grateful
Karen's ability to wade through the whitewash of intensity and diversity of thought we live with daily, it honestly astounding. The clarity she is unearthing with her probing questions, constant insight and ninja level excel has left me speechless a few times, and believe me that doesn't happen too often. I feel lucky to learn from her as we progress. While the improved mental health of our exec is vital of course, our ability to boost our impact and inspire our amazing volunteers and supporters in a measured, strategic manner, will indeed help us fulfil our purpose and to change the way material aid is delivered to help survivors thrive.
- Co-Owner, Pilgrim Sailing
Karen’s ability to challenge your thinking and view things in a completely different way is exceptional. Our business was going through a period of change and while the changes were exciting, everything was a little overwhelming as well. Karen was flexible in her approach to allow for my way of thinking but structured enough to achieve clarity on the situation with tangible outcomes and actions. This has resulted in a more efficient and a more profitable business.
- Innovation Program Lead, Macquarie University Incubator
Karen’s work and capability were instrumental to supporting the development of the Incubator innovation culture and community. Her expertise in design thinking, lean startup, facilitation, training, and business partnering are second to none. She demonstrates how a design thinking, customer-centric approach can be used in problem-solving across a startup’s journey. It was a pleasure working with Karen and learning from her wealth of experience. I look forward to an opportunity to work with her again in the future.
Contact us directly
Karen Platt, Director
Phone 0411 474 003