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About Us

Our purpose is to help leaders excite and delight the human spirit

We do this by helping leaders co-create and activate authentic, living culture codes for their organisations.

 
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Some of our Clients

Our Founders

Michelle Brien

Whilst I’ve been consulting for many years, the businesses that have fascinated me most are those with a compelling purpose – passed on by their founder and lived through their people.  A purpose that is infused through every aspect of the culture, aligning and engaging employees and attracting passionate and loyal customers.

Most of my career, I’ve been fortunate to work for companies with powerful cultures, strongly aligned to a compelling purpose.  After joining the Cancer Council of Victoria I saw first-hand the power of a strong shared purpose - curing cancer! And then in the Pharmaceutical Industry, where the experience I gained from working in the Medical, then Marketing teams for a large multi-national organisation has been invaluable throughout my career.

I was able to draw on these experiences when I co-founded a manufacturing business - and learnt first hand the joys and challenges of having your own business.  The business was very successful and went on to exit via a trade sale.

Prior to starting Salple, I worked with CEO’s and their leadership teams in South Africa and Australia, helping to design and facilitate the conversations that allowed them to align their strategy, brand and culture, and engage employees.

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Glenn Brien

I used to think there was a technology solution to every business problem. Starting as a programmer, I spent years developing and marketing disruptive technology. At ANCA, we commercialised my PhD research and over the intervening years this has contributed over $1B to Australia’s export sales. It was disruptive innovation in the true sense of the term - and an exhilarating ride.

In the years since, I’ve been consulting in product development and marketing, and there’s one blocker that I’ve consistently run into. Culture. As businesses grow, they hit a point where “getting things done” gets harder and harder. Where the Entrepreneur’s passion doesn’t ripple down and engage employees. And where without that founding passion, innovation starts to dry up and doing more of the same doesn’t provide the results leaders are looking for.

I’ve always had a keen interest in psychology and neuroscience and recognised that what I was seeing was a failure to really galvanise around a central purpose, with a powerful and aligned culture to support it. Most businesses were not leveraging their purpose or  the “why” behind their business.  When you can connect your own purpose in some way to the organisation’s purpose – you achieve a level of discretionary effort that is a true “win win”.  After studying the literature and conducting our own research with Australian business founders, we felt that we had something unique to offer Australian businesses. My tech and marketing background, combined with Michelle’s organisational development, marketing and research background are the perfect combination to help founders and CEO’s leverage culture and purpose to execute their strategy.

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Michelle and Glenn have had experience across many sectors including Technology, Manufacturing, Health, Financial Services, Professional Services and Education.

With formal training in Engineering, Software Architecture, Marketing, Business, Training and User Experience Design we also utilise creative and design thinking methodology, co-creation, qualitative and quantitative research, Harrison Assessment analytics and techniques from the fields of organisational development, neuro-psychology and narrative exploration to uncover new insights and achieve alignment and engagement throughout your organisation.

Why the name Salple?

We chose our namesake, the sea salp, because we think they’re a lot like organisations.

Individual salps, as unique as snowflakes, come together, cooperatively, to build something more amazing and beautiful than any single salp on its own could.

This is a picture of a Salp colony, living its purpose. We think it’s a pretty cool story.

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