Peter Sheahan

Peter Sheahan

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International Expert on Leveraging Business Trends and New Market Opportunities

Peter Sheahan is internationally known for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. A highly successful entrepreneur, he is the founder and CEO of Karrikins Group, a multi-million-dollar consulting practice that attracts clients such as Apple, DeBeers, and AT&T. After decades of standing in the fire with leaders of high-performing organizations, Sheahan knows firsthand the challenges of growing and leading a business in the rapidly changing marketplace.

Sheahan’s insights into business trends, and the changing needs of customers and staff, have made him a regular guest expert in the media, including ABC and the BBC. He has also had profiles in The Washington Post and Fast Company and been a featured expert in a five-part CNBC series on innovation. Today, he and his team are focused exclusively on inspiring leaders to do the hard work required to accelerate growth and transformation.

Sheahan is the bestselling author of seven books, including the international bestsellers Fl!p, Generation Y, Making it Happen, and MATTER: Move Beyond the Competition, Create More Value and Become the Obvious Choice, which shows readers that their edge of disruption is where their opportunity to matter is found.

A world-renowned speaker, Sheahan has delivered more than 2,500 presentations in 40+ countries, and was named one of the “25 Most Influential Speakers in the World” by the National Speakers Association. He is also the youngest person ever to be inducted into their industry Hall of Fame.

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Turn Challenge into Opportunity and Change into Competitive Advantage

Supply chain constraints, talent. and labour shortages, and the continued onslaught of technological disruption are just the beginning. Now more than ever we need to build resilient leaders, agile organizations, and high performing teams — no matter the uncertainty.

In this hard-hitting and highly directive keynote, audiences will learn how to:

  • Increase agility by telling themselves the truth and take ownership in the new reality. There is no going back and there will be no more certainty.
  • Differentiate between temporary and permanent change and respond accordingly.
  • Turn a burning platform into a burning ambition that inspires people to continue to give their discretionary effort.
  • Accelerate change without burning their teams out by eliminating friction and increasing alignment.
  • Embrace progress over perfection to avoid paralysis as they do their best to manage ambiguity

Accelerating Growth Through Transformation

To meet growth expectations, we must transform ourselves and our teams at a faster rate than the external environment is changing or else we risk a slow decline into irrelevancy. Given change isn’t slowing down, this is harder to do today than ever before. The path forward is to build organizations and teams capable of risk-taking, letting go of past successes in pursuit of a new, more vibrant future, and successfully navigating the business from one competitive advantage to the next.

In this engaging, case-study rich session, we will unlock the keys to accelerated transformation and growth by helping audiences understand that:

  • Increasing agility is not about force or more communication, but about compressing the time between awareness of change and acceptance of change.
  • Creating a burning ambition over a burning platform is the key to sustained investment of their teams’ discretionary effort.
  • Successful transformation is not a by-product of ambition and strategy, but of alignment. Leaders must change first because as goes their behaviour so goes the rest of the organization
  • Culture is a science, not an art and that they must intentionally pull the levers that create a growth-enabled culture defined by innovation, excellence, and accountability.
  • They must create the psychological safety that encourages risk-taking and helps their teams embrace progress over perfection.

Winning on Value Not Price

As the pace of commoditization accelerates and the emergence of technological disruption threatens our existing business models, we must find ways to remain relevant and differentiated in the hearts and minds of our customers! This inspiring, case-study rich session will show you how to find opportunity in disruption to reverse the downward spiral of commoditization, move beyond the competition, and become the obvious choice for your customers.

This journey will require audiences:

  • Move from a mindset of value extraction to one of value creation.
  • Learn at the edge of disruption and embrace the opportunities for differentiation that exist there.
  • Frontrun your customers by beating them to the future in the “Five Critical Dimensions” that they value most during times of rapid change.
  • Elevate your reputation competing on expertise and positioning yourself as a trusted adviser for your clients.
  • Act in a way worthy of your desired leadership position rather than race your competitors to the bottom.

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First off, thank YOU for rocking our group in Pebble. They LOVED YOU! You are awesome—personally, a delight and a gentleman, and professionally, the real deal. Your content, delivery, and engaging manner was just what the doctor ordered.

Nielson Group

You know I’m a tough audience and not easily impressed. Peter was wonderful. He ranks as one of my favorite Success Forum speakers of all time. His remarks were brilliant, relevant and timely. He invested himself in the day and wove content from the day’s programming and other speakers into his keynote. We all had fun and learned a lot

Women's Vision Foundation

Peter – I really enjoyed your session yesterday in Shanghai! Totally on point for what we are dealing with now, and especially relevant for China. I now have the tools to build a business case for employer branding thanks to your unique and powerful model for building our brand and attracting top talent

Yum! Brands, China Division

Peter Sheahan is a sharp business mind. He understands the business model itself, and the role talent plays in driving its success. A long-way from the group hug style approach to talent that plagues many advisers in this space, Peter will cut to the heart of what makes you a great place to work, and outline the best strategies for telling the world. He has a clear understanding of what drives human behavior, and always offers a thoroughly researched perspective on your main competitors, and where you are positioned in the mind of the people you want to attract and retain. Whether it is strategic guidance, or creative stimulation, Peter Sheahan is a powerful partner on your journey to building a powerful employer brand.

- Pizza Hut

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