HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Peter Sheahan

Workforce Trends and Generational Change Expert


  • FL!P: How to Turn Everything You Know on Its Head - And Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Imaginings
  • How Counter-intuitive Thinking is Changing Everything From Branding and Strategy to Technology and Talent
  • Generation Y: Thriving (and Surviving) with Generation Y at Work
  • Marketing to Generation Y
  • Competitive Employer Branding
  • Personal Branding: Unlocking the Talents of You and Your Team for Fast-Track Success


Australia, New York

Peter Sheahan is an energetic entrepreneur with a reputation for transforming businesses by turning traditional paradigms on their head.  His global consulting business influences the strategy of powerful multinational brands including Google, L’Oreal, News America Incorporated, Ernst & Young, BMW, and Coca Cola. Only 27 years old, he is globally recognized as a leading expert in workforce trends and generational change and one of the fastest-rising stars on the international consulting and speaking circuit. In the space of three years he has built a multi-million dollar consulting practice and has given over 2,000 presentations at such companies as NewsCorp, Microsoft, Harley-Davidson, Ernst & Young, and many others.  His newest book, Flip: How to Turn Everything You Know on Its Head – and Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Imaginings will be published by HarperCollins in spring, 2008.

In Flip Sheahan shares insights gained from his work inside the boardrooms of some of the world’s most significant companies, and teaches today’s decision makers how to embrace change and successfully operate in an economy that runs on new ideas. “Business today requires new perspectives,” he says, and he believes that to succeed in today’s world, you have to be prepared to turn everything you know on its head. He reveals what the superstars of modern business have in common: an ability to ‘flip’ – to think counter-intuitively and then act boldly, with little regard for ‘business as usual’ conventions. The only rule is that there are no rules. Those who take these lessons on board will be well placed to join other ‘flipstars’ such as Richard Branson, Google, Toyota, Rupert Murdoch, and Apple.

A recognized authority on global workforce trends, generational change and the impact they have on the way we lead organizations, Sheahan was among the first to uncover the Generation Y revolution in the workplace with his best seller Generation Y: Thriving (and Surviving) with Generation Y at Work.

Sheahan is the author of five books, and has presented more than 2,000 presentations to a combined audience of over 300,000 people in six different countries.He was the 2003 MBN Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2006 was voted the leading keynote speaker in Australia by his peers at the National Speakers Association. He lives in Sydney Australia with his wife Sharon and two children Maddy and Thomas.

Client Praise for Peter Sheahan:

“Peter Sheahan has empowered many of us at News Corporation to do more with less faster. His presentation and unique style are both engaging and inspiring – he has made a significant impact on many of our business leaders.”

— Ian Moore, EVP Human Resources, News Corporation

“I haven’t stopped talking about your presentation yet… I thought your session was fantastic and recognize a lot of the things you discussed in my personal (read family) life… I honestly believe that Microsoft could benefit from the messaging you bring and will be promoting the idea whenever possible.”

—Stewart Gibbs, Microsoft

“Thank you for your thought provoking presentation at Google’s HQ. . . You gave us great insight into the minds of literally hundreds of potential Googlers. For us to better understand how to motivate and develop that talent will certainly be key to our continued success.”

—Sue Polo, Engineering and Operations Staffing Manager, Google

“My fellow managers and I found the Gen Y session with Peter to be of real value as it has given us a new perspective and challenged the approaches we use in managing our Gen Y staff. Many of my colleagues actually thanked me for organizing it, as it was not something they would have looked at or thought they would find benefit in. In addition to being timely and very relevant for our business, the session was great fun.”

—GeorginaRossendell, Service Delivery Manager, Managed Services, Datacom

“Peter addressed an audience of Baby Boomer and Generation X rural GPs who are becoming increasingly desperate at how to deal with Generation Y and their reluctance to work in rural areas. He soon had us laughing but also thinking really seriously about how to sort out this huge problem of attracting young professionals and keeping them. He also had a few messages for the younger members of the audience. I can highly recommend his thoughtful and amusing presentation which left us feeling a lot better informed and better equipped to communicate with Generation Y.”

—Dr. Sheilagh Cronin MBBS MRCGP FACRRM
Rural GP Cloncurry, Medical Adviser Health Workforce Queensland

“You captured everyone’s attention with ‘Personal Branding’ – being apart of the Y generation it was a topic that we could all relate to. Feedback during the evening was overly positive.”

—Amanda Petrie, NSW Event Coordinator Meetings & Events Australia (MEA)

“We received very positive feedback from the attendees that were inspired and energized following your interactive presentation with some clear messages on understanding Generation Y and the dynamics of a changing workforce. The only complaint was that there was not more time to spend with you! Your presentation was relevant to the audience, informative and entertaining.”

—Kathryn McKenzie, Women in Finance (NSW) Inc

“On behalf of the AER Board, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for your time and contribution to our Corporate Lunch last Tuesday. Your presentation and overall input into our ‘Fresh Party’ concept was invaluable. We particularly appreciated your insights into why this concept presents a powerful opportunity for corporate involvement. The feedback we received about your presentation from our guests has been extremely positive.”

—Cheryl Bart, Director, Alcohol Education & Rehabilitation Foundation