Peter Sheahan

  • Bestselling Author and World Renowned Speaker on Exploiting Business Trends and New Market Opportunities
  • Founder & Group CEO, Karrikins Group
  • CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame®



After decades of standing in the fire with leaders of high-performing organizations, Peter Sheahan has come to believe that an organization will only go commercially where its leaders first go personally.

Having grown his own companies by accelerating the growth and transformation for clients that include: Apple; Chick-fil-A; DeBeers; and AT&T -- Peter will provoke you to get bigger, by getting better! When leaders are true to their purpose, they gravitate towards doing work that matters and solving higher-order problems. The journey to get there requires that they have the courage to tell themselves the truth, take intelligent risks, and assume ownership for driving the alignment necessary to build an organization which behaves in ways worthy of its leadership position.

In being true to his own ambitions and relentless pursuit of growth, Peter has published seven books, built three global companies and delivered more than 2,500 presentations in 40+ countries. Today he and his team at Karrikins Group are focused exclusively on inspiring leaders to do the hard work required to accelerate growth and transformation.

 

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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Peter Sheahan
  • Deloitte
  • United Technologies
  • AT&T
  • Autotask
  • Annual Administrative Professionals Conference (APC)
  • Outdoor Industry Association
  • CUNA
  • Tech Data Corporation
  • Siemens
  • National Retail Federation
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ALL OF PETER SHEAHAN'S SESSIONS ARE HIGHLY CUSTOMIZED AND DETAILED SESSION DESCRIPTIONS FOLLOW INITIAL BRIEFING AND BACKGROUND RESEARCH

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Turn Challenge Into Opportunity and Change Into Competitive Advantage

2020 was tough. 2021 and 2022 will be harder again. Supply chain constraints, talent and labor 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 ...

2020 was tough. 2021 and 2022 will be harder again. Supply chain constraints, talent and labor 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, your leaders will learn to:

1. 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.

2. Differentiate between temporary and permanent change and respond accordingly.

3. Turn a burning platform into a burning ambition that inspires people to continue to give their discretionary effort.

4. Accelerate change without burning their teams out by eliminating friction and increasing alignment.

5. 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 ...

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 your leaders understand that:

1. Increasing agility is not about force or more communication, but about compressing the time between awareness of change and acceptance of change.

2. Creating a burning ambition over a burning platform is the key to sustained investment of their teams’ discretionary effort.

3. Successful transformation is not a by product of ambition and strategy, but of alignment. Leaders must change first because as goes their behavior so goes the rest of the organization

4. 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.

5. 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 opportu ...

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 that you:

1. Move from a mindset of value extraction to one of value creation.

2. Learn at the edge of disruption and embrace the opportunities for differentiation that exist there.

3. Frontrun your customers by beating them to the future in the Five Critical Dimensions that they value most during times of rapid change.

4. Elevate your reputation competing on expertise and positioning yourself as a trusted adviser for your clients.

5. Act in a way worthy of your desired leadership position rather than race your competitors to the bottom

High Performance in a Virtual World: Maintaining a culture of accountability and high engagement in the face of COVID-19

Culture is a science, not an art. With the right mindset, team dynamics, and environment, a leader can intentionally curate a culture of accountability, innovation, and high engagement. Doing so remotely presents unique but surmountable challenges that can be overcome by creating a setting for your ...

Culture is a science, not an art. With the right mindset, team dynamics, and environment, a leader can intentionally curate a culture of accountability, innovation, and high engagement. Doing so remotely presents unique but surmountable challenges that can be overcome by creating a setting for your team where it’s psychologically safe to ask for help, behave in new ways, and pursue progress over perfection. The truth is people don’t really know how to work together as effectively virtually, and collaboration, productivity, and wellbeing are all known to suffer when we get it wrong. Using realworld examples, Peter will unpack a blueprint for driving high performance and apply it directly to the new ways of working we must all embrace as a part of social distance based norms.

Audience Gains:
1. Understand how the role of the leader must change in a virtual world
2. Identify the strategies and tactics at your disposal for influencing behavior
3. Break the myths about tools first, and place the humans in the center of your approach
4. Inspire leaders to make this crisis an opportunity to take their capabilities to the next level
5. Unleash a commitment across your teams to do what it takes to survive and thrive

Leading with Intentional Optimism: Make the shift from defense to offense and seize the opportunities in disruption

Leaders must be pragmatic in the face of the real challenges presented by Covid-19, however at some point they must choose whether they are going to create their future reality or passively accept their fate. Intentional Optimism is a new way of leading that unleashes the agency and influence we all ...

Leaders must be pragmatic in the face of the real challenges presented by Covid-19, however at some point they must choose whether they are going to create their future reality or passively accept their fate. Intentional Optimism is a new way of leading that unleashes the agency and influence we all have over our reality and combines the importance of pragmatism with the power of boldness to position ourselves to make the most of opportunity. Participants will explore their own leadership archetype and learn how to avoid the dangers of cynicism over skepticism and dreaming over optimism. The outcome will be the intentional amplification of optimism at a time we need it most.

Audience Gains:
1. Accept the reality of our current situation, but not see it as worse than it is
2. Unleash a desire to seek and find opportunities amidst the chaos and uncertainty
3. Embrace your role as a leader in building optimism and pragmatism inside of your team
4. Create momentum that infuses your people with the energy required to transform
5. Align your team around a focus beyond survival, giving you an advantage when the market turns

MATTER: Create More Value, Move Beyond the Competition, and Become the Obvious Choice!

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 opportu ...

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 and matter more to your customers than your competition. This journey will require that you:

  • Understand the difference between value creation and value extraction
  • Move towards the very disruption that challenges you and your customers
  • Elevate your Impact in the Five Critical Dimensions that clients and customers value most during times of rapid change
  • Elevate your Perspective by learning at the ‘Edge of Disruption’ and becoming a thought leader in the business models of tomorrow
  • Elevate your Relationships to position you not just as a trusted adviser but as a strategic partner for your customers
  • Act in a way worthy of your desired leadership position

Talent [R]evolution

Are your leaders getting the most from their people? Are you attracting and retaining the best possible talent? In Talent Revolution, best-selling author, and architect of dozens of powerful human capital strategies for organizations around the world, Peter Sheahan’s case-study rich session will: H ...

Are your leaders getting the most from their people? Are you attracting and retaining the best possible talent? In Talent Revolution, best-selling author, and architect of dozens of powerful human capital strategies for organizations around the world, Peter Sheahan’s case-study rich session will:

  • Help you understand the changing expectations of talent so you can transform organization into a magnet for smart and engaged people
  • Explore the changing nature of leadership and outline new models for developing capability in your organization, and driving the alignment of people and strategy
  • Share proven approaches to driving collaboration inside and outside your 4 walls and harness the discretionary efforts of people on and off your payroll
  • Give you direct insight into what some of the world’s best companies are doing to win the war for talent

In today’s hyper competitive world talent is your source of competitive advantage. this session will put you on the cutting-edge of this critical strategic issue.

VIDEO SPOTLIGHT: Talent [Revolution]

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Making Money in the Cracks: Counter- Intuitive Strategies for Finding and Exploiting New Market Opportunities

Unleash innovation in your company by knowing how to find the opportunity in the “white space”.   Inspire leaders to take the risks necessary to make money in the white space and discover creative solutions to business problems by facilitating interdisciplinary thought.  Attendees will learn how to ...

Unleash innovation in your company by knowing how to find the opportunity in the “white space”.   Inspire leaders to take the risks necessary to make money in the white space and discover creative solutions to business problems by facilitating interdisciplinary thought.  Attendees will learn how to build structures that not only generate, but shine light on the best ideas in your business and how to break the cultural norms that squash the innovative new ideas you need to thrive.

VIDEO SPOTLIGHT: Making Money in the Cracks

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Moving the Market: Accelerate Your Impact by Influencing How and Why Buyers Make Decisions

Ensure that your sales process is sophisticated enough for today’s buyer by capitalizing on the science behind the way people think, act and buy. Learn how the world’s most profitable companies avoid competing on price, and how you can too.    VIDEO SPOTLIGHT: Moving the Market   Click here to view ...

Ensure that your sales process is sophisticated enough for today’s buyer by capitalizing on the science behind the way people think, act and buy. Learn how the world’s most profitable companies avoid competing on price, and how you can too.   

VIDEO SPOTLIGHT: Moving the Market  

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Making It Happen: Unleashing the Entrepreneurial Spirit and Turning Your Good Ideas into Great Results

There is no shortage of ideas in the world. There is a shortage of people with the ability to transform those ideas into reality. Combining the need for imagination and action, ‘Making it Happen’ will go deep into the secrets of positioning ideas, products and services in a way that makes people not ...

There is no shortage of ideas in the world. There is a shortage of people with the ability to transform those ideas into reality. Combining the need for imagination and action, ‘Making it Happen’ will go deep into the secrets of positioning ideas, products and services in a way that makes people not only pay attention, but to part with their time, money and energy. There is no point having a new idea, developing your new strategy or embarking on a journey of transformation if your people can’t make it happen in the real world.

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<p>Expert facilitator and business thought leader Peter Sheahan knows how to create impactful virtual experiences</p>

Expert facilitator and business thought leader Peter Sheahan knows how to create impactful virtual experiences

We can’t keep shoehorning what we used to do offline, into the virtual conference and hoping it will create behavior change.

Instead of passive keynote experiences, we need interactive facilitation. We need to not just tell people there is opportunity in disruption but show them how to take advantage of it by helping others like them tell their stories and share their insights. We need authentic human experiences that inspire and connect us.

Experiences like these need interactive platforms, and they require expert facilitators capable of connecting the dots and tying the experiences and content of a virtual conference together.

As an expert facilitator, PETER SHEAHAN knows how to work with supercharged teams to get high-performance results, even in a virtual setting. Watch this demo reel to see how a virtual (or live!) event facilitated by Peter is more meaningful and impactful.

<p>Virtual Programming: Peter Sheahan on growing in uncertain times and hight performance in a virtual world </p>

Virtual Programming: Peter Sheahan on growing in uncertain times and hight performance in a virtual world 

PETER SHEAHAN has stood in the fire with leaders of high-performing organizations for almost 20 years, through cashflow crunches, the global financial meltdown, and is continuing to do so during the uncertainty of Covid-19. Having grown his own companies by accelerating growth and transformation for Apple, Chick-fil-A, DeBeers, and AT&T -- Peter provokes people to manage this crisis in ways worthy of their leadership position, and inspires them to unleash an ambition that positions organizations for growth when we come out the other side. Sheahan has three format options for his virtual presentations: keynotes, interactive workshops, and on-demand video series. He also presents on two compelling and timely topics: "Growing in Uncertain Time" and "High Performance in a Virtual World." 

 

In "Growing in Uncertain Time", a case-study rich session, Peter will unpack how to balance the need for prompt action with the need to maintain the capacity and engagement required to make the most of the massive opportunities that inevitably emerge from crisis. And he will explore the unique application of these insights in a mostly virtual world. In "High Performance in a Virtual World" he uses real world examples to unpack a blueprint for driving high performance and apply it directly to the new ways of working we must all embrace as a part of social distance based norms.

<p>Peter Sheahan shares powerful points in Huffington Post</p>

Peter Sheahan shares powerful points in Huffington Post

World Renowned Speaker on Exploiting Business Trends and New Market Opportunities and CEO of the Karrikins Group, PETER SHEAHAN makes two brief but powerful points on disruption in this Huffington Post interview.

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<p><em>Fortune</em> sheds some light on Matter</p>

Fortune sheds some light on Matter

The innovative work by renowned disruption expert, business trends analyst, and Founder and CEO of the Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan, is highlighted in this Fortune Magazine piece.  With successful relationships with clients like MicrosoftAT&T, and Wells Fargo, Sheahan, in his book Matter, has guided businesses to embrace disruption and use it as an opportunity.

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<p>Do you want to be a company that MATTERS to your employees, customers, and community?</p>

Do you want to be a company that MATTERS to your employees, customers, and community?

Internationally recognized thought leader on innovation and behavior change PETER SHEAHAN'S new book, MATTER,  is a road map, rich in case studies and application, that will inspire your journey to move beyond the competition, create more value, and become the obvious choice.

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<p>Peter Sheahan Helps Businesses Thrive Through Disruption</p>

Peter Sheahan Helps Businesses Thrive Through Disruption

To read more about Peter's work helping businesses thrive through disruption, see his company's website.

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After decades of standing in the fire with leaders of high-performing organizations, Peter Sheahan has come to believe that an organization will only go commercially where its leaders first go personally.

Having grown his own companies by accelerating the growth and transformation for clients that include: Apple; Chick-fil-A; DeBeers; and AT&T -- Peter will provoke you to get bigger, by getting better! When leaders are true to their purpose, they gravitate towards doing work that matters and solving higher-order problems. The journey to get there requires that they have the courage to tell themselves the truth, take intelligent risks, and assume ownership for driving the alignment necessary to build an organization which behaves in ways worthy of its leadership position.

In being true to his own ambitions and relentless pursuit of growth, Peter has published seven books, built three global companies and delivered more than 2,500 presentations in 40+ countries. Today he and his team at Karrikins Group are focused exclusively on inspiring leaders to do the hard work required to accelerate growth and transformation.