Building The Next Normal For Your Business

Sean Ryan Shares How His Consulting Business Is Shifting During COVID-19 And Some Key Lessons He’s Learned To Build The Next Normal

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In This Episode

During this time of COVID-19, we keep hearing about getting back to our “new normal”, but Sean Ryan joins us today to discuss how as businesses we should be planning for our “next normal” instead. Dave, Greg and Sean all discuss how current circumstances are making them evaluate the ways they do business and how they realize some changes may make their business offerings stronger in the long term.  

Episode Breakdown

First 10 Minutes
Rolling on from our previous episode with Kelly, Sean Ryan hops on to chat with Dave & Greg. Sean gives us an overview of his business and how he would traditionally deliver his services. Sean explains how the impact of COVID-19 is changing how he offers his consulting services. The group talks about teleconferencing and zoom calls. Sean talks about how they’ve broken down the materials and when they’ve decided to have a teleconference session. Dave asks why we have to be forced into this use of technology to use it.

10 Minutes – 20 Minutes
The group talks about overcoming the mental roadblock of everything having to be in person. Sean explains that he’s seeing the benefit of doing sessions virtually to be able to bring in more people. They talk about balancing video calls, phone calls and changing the way we work.

20 Minutes – 30 Minutes
Sean explains the impact the changes are having on his business and how he prefers the term “next normal” to stay focused on moving forward. Dave asks Sean what he thinks will change in the future. Sean shares that he thinks business that had reasonable control on their balance sheets, not just financial but management wise will be in a better spot. Businesses who didn’t have reasonable control will be preparing to be better prepared in future. Sean shares the details around his upcoming book.


Sean Ryan

Sean Ryan

Founder and Preside, WhiteWater Consulting Group

Building great organizations where people can contribute their best. Simple to describe, yet difficult to achieve and the reason why Sean Ryan founded Whitewater International Consulting, Inc. Sean’s passion and drive focuses on helping organizations engage everyone to perform their best and deliver

outstanding results. Sean’s unique combination of being both a highly respected leader inside organizations and world-class outside consultant, make Sean one of today’s most sought-after leadership consultants, speakers and (soon-to-be published) authors. For more than 30 years, Sean has challenged the thinking of individuals and organizations; developed and executed innovative consulting tools, processes and leadership education that enable his clients’ success; and provided a unique perspective that challenges his clients to be their best. Sean has helped hundreds of clients to obtain the razor-sharp leading edge required to rise above in today’s ever-changing business environment. What sets Sean apart? His vast experience helping companies like Perrier Group of America, Nucor and FedEx Supply Chain to succeed while undertaking challenging cultural transformations.

After graduating from Georgia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering and later obtaining an MBA, Sean rose through the ranks of leadership at PG&E

where he first observed how leaders could better lead in large, complex organizations. Sean completely restructured Georgia’s Callaway Gardens Resort, while acting as their COO, to create positive cash flow and guest experiences in just 18 months. As VP of Learning and Organizational Development for Perrier, he created a phenomenal team, culture, and processes that enabled the company to achieve dramatic growth (realizing a nearly $2 billion increase in sales) while competing against the best beverage companies, including Coca-Cola and Pepsi, in the world. As a writer and speaker, Sean is keenly aware of the powerful way words can engage, inspire and inform people. His passion for transformation and change, his warmth and natural ability to put people at ease, combined with a wicked sense of humour, make Sean an unforgettable presenter. When not on the road for business, Sean enjoys spending time with his wife and son. Sean is also an active board member with Fundy Gymnastics. When time and his knees allow, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors with plenty of skiing, boating, golfing and biking.

About WhiteWater International Consulting 

There was a time when leading your business to success was akin to steering a ship in calm waters. Leadership was centralized. Orders came from the top down. Action was compartmentalized. Vision was about staying the course. That time has passed.

The organizations of today face a business environment that is in a state of perpetual whitewater, constantly shifting rapids in which every person in the boat simply must possess a certain amount of leadership qualities, the ability to improvise in any situation, and the know-how to position oneself to see the whole picture in order to navigate the turbulent waters.

With more than 20 years experience in helping organizations understand the challenges they face and then guiding them through the turbulence, WWICI can help your enterprise to achieve and sustain outstanding performance through unleashing the passion and capabilities of its people.

Because an organization is only as good at the people who power it.

Unleash your passion. Empower your team.