Peter Sheahan

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Thought Leader, Author on Innovation, Behavior Exploiting Business Trends & New Market Opportunities

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Peter Sheahan – Accelerating Growth
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Moving From Agreement To Alignment
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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.

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

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.


“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 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 behaviour, 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

“Peter – I really enjoyed your training 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 one of the few speakers we have had who can match the sharp minds of the highly intelligent people we have at Shopzilla, and also deliver an inspiring and insightful message with a clear application to our business and company culture. Well researched and highly engaging, his session with our senior leaders not only opened their eyes to the opportunity presented by the changing nature of the workforce, but opened their minds to new ways we can drive collaboration and innovation in the business. Our team’s response was unanimous – we want him back!”

— Shopzilla

“Peter, Just wanted to say thank you for such a fantastic presentation you did to the Witchery/Mimco team yesterday. I have worked in retail management for the past 20 years found your presentation so ‘on trend’, interesting and engaging. I can’t believe you spoke for 3 hours and it still wasn’t enough.”

— Witchery

“From the creatives in the editing rooms of LA, to the Chairman himself in New York, Peter has had a profound impact on this company. It is very rare, to find someone who is both engaging and whose work is clearly based on groundbreaking research and genuine insight into what makes a business and its leaders successful in today’s uncertain marketplace. I have no hesitation recommending Peter to any organization looking to drive innovation deeper in their company and wanting to inspire their leaders to think differently and take the necessary risk to future-proof their business.”


“You’ve been an absolute wonderful partner, adjusting to our transitions and pivots along the way. Brilliant. Agile. Trusted. Confidant. Integrity. Inspiring. These are some of the attributes I use when describing your contribution to AT&T. Thank you for what you have brought us… It is corporate life changing for us and you have left a lasting impression on the leaders of AT&T!”

— President, AT&T

“Sheahan was the best outside speaker we have had at this conference in 10 years. He added real value and he was able to put into words, what I have been feeling. His presentation was literally perfect.”


“Your insights were exceptional, and I appreciated the research you did and the focused attention you gave to our particular needs. Your content was spot on for this audience of global leaders and I sincerely enjoyed our time together and received many comments on the value you brought to our global managing partners meeting.”

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