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Turning Challenge into Opportunity with Peter Sheahan

Peter Sheahan is internationally known for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. The keynote he presented at ASTRA's 2018 Marketplace & Academy was provocative, insightful, and packed full of real world examples that can shift the way you see your role and help you to find opportunities in change and disruption. 

This package will share 12 actionable vignettes to help you navigate disruptive forces and turn it into competitive advantage. Register for this education package so that you are alerted when the monthly vignette is available. Peter will share the following content:

  1. Moving from Awareness to Ownership
  2. Moving from Agreement to Alignment
  3. Creating a Leadership Aspiration
  4. Creating Capacity through Deselection
  5. Defining vs. Enabling
  6. Intentionally Intervene
  7. Leverage vs. Control
  8. Burning Platform vs. Burning Desire
  9. The Opportunity is in the Disruption
  10. Move Towards the Edge of Disruption
  11. Lead the Customer into the Future
  12. Optimism

 

  • (3) Creating a Leadership Aspiration

    In this video, Peter Sheahan explains why it is important that leaders develop a leadership aspiration that provides a clear understanding of how their organization will be different over the next 2-5 years because of the current leadership team.

    When leaders are trying to create new behaviors in their teams and in their organizations, they typically default to one of two things. Many will try to define and redefine things like Vision, Mission, and Values that create an emotional connection between the individual and the organization. The problem is these statements are too abstract to drive real alignment and behavior change as it is difficult to find anything that does not ladder up to them.

    On the other hand, leaders focus on laying out detailed strategies about what they are going to do next. These are usually too short-term and predictable to truly change the way your team operates.

    In this video, Peter Sheahan explains why it is important that leaders develop a leadership aspiration that provides a clear understanding of how their organization will be different over the next 2-5 years because of the current leadership team.

  • Keynote: Fl!p: Proven Strategies for Turning Challenge Into Opportunity

    ​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?

    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. With deep experience accelerating transformation in some of the world’s most innovative companies, Peter Sheahan knows first-hand how to take disruption and turn it into competitive advantage.

  • (1) Moving from Awareness to Ownership

    In this video, Peter Sheahan explains why we need to think and act differently to move from awareness to ownership and accelerate our progress towards the future.

    Most of us are aware of the disruptions that are going on in our industry, whether those are technological shifts, an evolving employer landscape, new competition, or anything else that may impact our industry and our business. We have a more difficult time telling ourselves the truth about the challenges and possibilities those disruptions present and taking ownership for our role in finding the opportunity in them.

    In this video, Peter Sheahan explains why we need to think and act differently to move from awareness to ownership and accelerate our progress towards the future. It includes adopting a learning mindset and developing a sense of excitement about the possibilities that change presents.

  • (2) Moving from Agreement to Alignment

    In this video, Peter Sheahan explains why growth and transformation efforts fail because surface-level agreement is mistaken for true alignment.

    Too often well-intended growth and transformation efforts fail because surface-level agreement is mistaken for true alignment. Agreement means that there is a shared sense of the defined future state, however, it does not typically evoke new behaviors.

    For real behavior change to occur, there must be alignment, which will require a clear understanding of the gap between current state and future state and the commitments it will take to close that gap. Moving from agreement to alignment requires having more difficult conversations, deselecting misaligned activities, and driving new behaviors. In this video, Peter Sheahan will discuss what it takes to execute on the value that your vision and strategy promise by driving alignment within your team and organization.