Peter Sheahan

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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How to 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

Growing in Uncertain Times

Turning challenge into opportunity and disruption into competitive advantage

Stimulating a culture of growth amidst uncertainty begins with leaders taking ownership for their changed reality and balancing the need for prompt action with the need to maintain the capacity, capability, and engagement required to make the most of the massive opportunities that inevitably emerge from crisis.

High Performance in a Virtual World

Maintaining a culture of accountability and high engagement in a Covid-19 world

The truth is people don’t really know how to work together as effectively virtually, but with the right mindset, team dynamics, and environment, a leader can intentionally curate a culture of accountability, innovation and high engagement even in a remote setting. Culture is a science, not an art and there is a blueprint for driving high performance in a work-world defined by social distance norms.

Leading with Intentional Optimism

Make the shift from defence to offence 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 have over our reality and combines the importance of pragmatism with the power of boldness to position ourselves to make the most of opportunity.


OUTSTANDING. I ate lunch at my desk-side and attempted to multi-task, do other work, with headphones on. Peter's ability to deliver content was spell bounding though. I had to give my attention over. Excellent.
- SVP, Goodyear

Insightful, thought provoking and inspiring.
- QLD Government

Not only was Peter entertaining but he was able to communicate with staff of all ages, giving 30 of our most promising staff valuable tools to take away and make a part of their work and personal lives.
- Woolworths Limited

Peter clearly spent a great deal of time researching CPA Australia and as a result we were rewarded with an insightful and inspiring presentation that was specifically tailored to our audience. I have heard many motivational speeches but none of them have left such a lasting impression on me as Peter's.
- CPA Australia

Our staff left Peter's presentation not only inspired by where the company is going, but by Peter himself. Peter's presentation has clearly made an impact on their attitude and performance. His professionalism and absolute focus on the objective helped create real shifts in the mindset of our people.
- Panasonic Australia

Peter's ongoing consulting with the Director's of this company has been invaluable. He constantly forces us to look at our business in new and exciting ways. His regular presentations to the staff from our various offices keep them inspired and aligned with the strategic direction of our company
- Wilkinsons Real Estate Agencies

Peter gripped our 1100 strong audience with his brilliant manner and information. He has a wonderful energy that connects with his audience
- Step To The Future Youth Forums

Your work is a beacon of light amongst the overflow of stale information that lacks both depth and value.
- Advertise Limited

Your presentation was relevant and practical and provided unique insights into both Gen Y and others close to that age group. Our business leaders are still talking about it now and it is over a week since your presentation. I would highly recommend you to any organisation that needs to better understand young people in business
- Business Mentor Services

Peter's presentation provided a unique insight into Generation Y and provided our staff with clear strategies for communicating better with them. Overall, a thoroughly professional performance delivered in a highly enjoyable manner.
- TAFE Queensland

Your energy and initiative, and practical tips were very well received. You drew praise on almost every participant's evaluation. Well done on an entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking presentation.
- University of Western Sydney

Your presentation about Generation Y at our recent breakfast has generated much discussion amongst those who attended. I know of two organisations who have already made changes to the way they interact within their business as a direct result of your recommendations. You certainly are a master at communicating your message. We already have plans to have you back twice in 2005.
- Southern Inland Queensland Area Consultative Committee Inc

Peter received an overwhelming response from the audience.
- Event Planners Australia

I have no hesitation recommending Peter to anyone wanting to fast-track the success of their key performers.
- Talent and Organisational Performance Manager, Glaxo Smith Kline

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