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Cracking the talent code.


Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is known internationally for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. With staff in more than 23 cities across 7 countries, he knows firsthand the challenges of growing a business in these rapidly-changing times.

Previous experience

Clients: Peter has advised leaders from companies as diverse as Apple, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hyundai, IBM, Pfizer, Wells Fargo, and Cardinal Health. He is the author of 7 international titles, including Flip, Generation Y, Making it Happen, and recently released Matter.

Presentations: Peter has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to over 500,000 people in 20 different countries. He has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the World by the National Speakers Association and is the youngest person ever to be inducted into their industry Hall of Fame.

Talking Points

ACCELERATED GROWTH: Building organizations and teams capable of sustaining growth through a culture of innovation, courageous leadership, and aligned individuals

As the cliché suggests, you are either growing or you are dying.
But in today’s marketplace, it’s no longer about growing or not. It is about growing faster today than we did yesterday, and doing so in spite of the larger base we now operate. In this engaging, case study rich session, we will unlock the keys to accelerating growth in your team and your organization in order to:
- Help you understand the difference between arbitrary double digit growth targets and true ambition
- Define the levers you can pull to create a growth enabled culture defined by innovation, excellence, and accountability
- Provoke you to reflect on the critical role you play as a leader to unleash the necessary appetite for intelligent risk taking and action orientation required for growth
- Introduce you to the three critical questions required to ensure market relevance and position your organization for accelerated growth
- Orient your thinking towards alignment and the reduction of friction inside your organization

MATTER: Finding opportunity in disruption to create more value 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 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

FLIP: How to turn challenge into opportunity and disruption 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 change? Whether you are dealing with disruptive technology, shifts in customer expectations, or changes in regulation, as a leader you must apply an innovative approach to effectively navigate disruptive forces. In this provocative, research based session, we will inspire you to:
- Embrace change and break free from thinking that made you successful in the past but could
undermine your success in the future
- Rethink competitive advantage and leverage intangibles to manufacture tangible points of difference in your market
- Improve your margins by driving non sexy innovation and finding new ways to innovate across the value chain
- Turn chaos into opportunity by leading the market in response to new regulation, customer expectations, and technological disruption
- Take the intelligent risks required to innovate and drive change within your organization and industry
Very interesting and motivating, he had an excellent positive outlook and great ideas to follow. Totally inspirational and engaging; what a great role model for kids - It would be great for him to talk to some of the kids at school. Change in our thinking is a starting point, great food for thought. Young, exciting, quick witted and well worth a listen. Terrific for the graveyard shift. Fantastic; loved it. Department of Education - Barwon School Network

I just returned from the Fuji Xerox conference and I thoroughly enjoyed your workshop. Congratulations on such a motivating speech.

Fuji Xerox

Peter spoke to our 70 most senior leaders about the impact that Generation Y's will have on our culture, leadership and work processes in the coming 3-5 years. He's dynamic, engaging and fun. He uses non-threatening metaphors, and enables people to see things in a new way. He interacts superbly with all ages and styles of managers and enables them to confront their own biases and blind spots. An extremely effective speaker, who I strongly recommend

Westpac Banking Corporation

Just a short note to thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to address the International CFO Forum briefing in Sydney. Your informative comments on the cultural and financial issues around managing generational change in the workplace were greatly appreciated by the CFO's. As well, your Gen Y technical skills proved invaluable tome in getting the briefing under way

International CEO Forum

Peter's energy and enthusiasm is second to none. He takes the audience on a participative journey and cuts to the core with ease and humour. He was thought provoking and makes you go away and challenge the way you and your organisation manage your relationship with Generation Y. The fact that Peter is a Generation Y'er gives his presentation credibility and makes it real! A fantastic luncheon that has received rave reviews from all who attended! A hard act to follow

Recruitment & Consulting Services Association
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