Peter Sheahan

Peter Sheahan

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 which attracts clients such as Apple, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hyundai, IBM, Pfizer, Wells Fargo, and Cardinal Health. With over 120 staff, in 24 cities, across nine countries, Sheahan knows firsthand the challenges of growing 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 presenter on Fox Business. He has also appeared on ABC and the BBC, and has had profiles in The Washington Post and Fast Company, as well as acting as a featured expert in a five-part CNBC series on innovation.

He 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.

Sheahan has delivered more than 2500 presentations to more than 500,000 people in 20 different 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.

MATTER: Create more value, move beyond the competition, and become the obvious choice!

How do you become the obvious choice in the hearts and minds of your customers, employees, and community? The answer is value. You either create more value than your competitors or you don’t. The more important question is how?

In this case study-rich, and highly insightful Presentation, Peter will:

  • Show you how to escape commoditization and compete beyond price
  • Help you identify your most valuable edge of disruption
  • Offer a roadmap for becoming a thought-leader in your market place, and influence more senior buyers as a result, inspire you to lean into complexity, solve higher order problems, and become the disruptor.

If you want to turn challenge into opportunity, and change into competitive advantage then join Peter for an inspiring, evidence-based approach to creating more value in your market place.


FL!P: Proven Strategies for Turning Challenge into Opportunity, and Change into Competitive Advantage

The fact that the world is changing is not new to anyone. The more important question is; what do we need to do in the face of this change? With deep experience accelerating transformation in some of the world’s most innovative companies, and as founder and CEO of Karrikins Group a growth-focused consulting firm with operations in more than 20 cities around the world, Peter knows first-hand how to take disruption, and turn it to our advantage?

In this case-study rich session, Peter will explore best-practices from multiple industries that have experience transformative change, and unpack the key insights from those who profited from the change compared to those that became victims to it. Specifically, he will discuss:

  • The role assumptions play in blinding us to new opportunities
  • The importance of clarity and alignment in our strategic response to change
  • The need to take manageable risks to drive innovation
  • Collaborating across the value chain to exploit new opportunities


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:

  • 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.


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 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.

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 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.


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.

Growing in Uncertain Times

Turn challenge into opportunity and change into a competitive advantage.

Stimulating a culture of growth amidst uncertainty begins with leaders taking ownership for their changed reality, unleashing ambition to drive their team forward, and aligning their people to the new ways of working in order to create value in today’s environment.

Drawing from case studies, Peter Sheahan will unpack how to balance the need for prompt action with the need to maintain the capacity, capability, and engagement required to make the most out of opportunities that inevitably emerge from crisis. He will explore the unique application of these insights in a mostly virtual world.

Audiences will learn:

  • The confidence needed to take ownership of their role as a leader.
  • How to unleash a burning ambition to survive, adapt, and grow into the future.
  • How to make better decisions in the face of ambiguity.
  • The roadmap for driving alignment.
  • How to inspire themselves and others to lead and do the hard work.

This presentation is delivered by Sheahan and his co-presenter, Julie Williamson.

High Performance in a Virtual World

Maintain 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 build a culture of accountability, innovation, and high engagement. Doing so remotely presents unique but manageable 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 effectively work together virtually, and collaboration, productivity, and well-being are all known to suffer when we get it wrong. Using real-world examples, Peter Sheahan will unpack a blueprint for driving high performance and apply it directly to the new ways of working we must all embrace in our new social distance-based norms.

Audiences will learn:

  • The changing role of a leader in a virtual world.
  • Strategies and tactics for influencing behaviour.
  • How to break the myths about tools first, and place humans in the centre of their approach.
  • How to inspire teams to see crisis as an opportunity and take their capabilities to the next level.
  • How to unleash a commitment across teams to do what it takes to survive and thrive.

This presentation is delivered by Sheahan and his co-presenter, Julie Williamson.

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 will have to 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 have over our reality. It also combines the importance of pragmatism with the power of boldness to position ourselves to make the most out 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.

Audiences will learn:

  • How to accept the reality of our current situation, but not see it worse than it is.
  • How to unleash a desire to seek and find opportunities amidst the chaos and uncertainty.
  • How to build optimism and pragmatism inside their teams.
  • How to create momentum that infuses people with the energy needed to transform.
  • How to align teams around a focus beyond survival to give them an advantage when the market turns.

This presentation is delivered by Sheahan and his co-presenter, Julie Williamson.