Strategy-Execution-Results: Sean Ryan Explains How to Transform Your Strategy Efforts

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We all have the best intentions when we set out to build strategies for our business, but how often do we execute on those strategies? Sean Ryan has over 30 years of experience working with businesses to help them understand how to execute their strategies to achieve their goals properly. His new book, Strategy-Execution-Results: The 7 Gears that Transform Strategy to Results takes readers through simple to understand explanations of the steps needed to be more successful with their strategic execution.

Episode Highlights

First 10 Minutes

Greg and Dave kick off the interview with enjoying vegan brownies brought by their guest Sean Ryan (Big thanks to Sean’s wife!). Dave explains how he got connected to Sean and how it’s amazing to find people who are so close to you geographically and in the subject matter they work on that you might not be connected to. Sean explains his background and how he started on the path of coaching and writing his first book. He speaks about the “Marshmallow Effect” where people are saying the same thing within an organization but the message is lost in communication between internal groups.

Dave asks Sean about his journey in writing the book. Sean explains what led him to write a book about how organizations execute on their strategies and the journey to write the book.

10 – 20 Minutes

Sean shares his honest hesitations about writing a book and how he overcame that hurdle.

Dave asks Sean about his background and the kind of work he does with his company Whitewater International Consulting.

Dave asks Greg his thoughts on strategy planning sessions and the group discusses the roadblocks to executing those plans. The group uses Greg business as an example for Sean to speak to what he would recommend they focus on. Sean says one big piece of strategy is making choices about what you are not going to do. Sean talks about identifying your top goals are.

20 – 30 Minutes

Sean speaks to how sometimes the struggle of identifying goals can be communication issues of everyone knowing/having the same goals. Sean gives us an example of how people sometimes mis-interrupt what the important goals are based on how other people behave or how they perceive them to behave.

Dave asks about how to actually build goals, which Sean walks through how to build those goals in a smart manner. Sean talks about the fear of accountability that people face when building smart goals that are actual goals and not just activities.

Dave asks about the tie in to company culture related to Sean’s point about fear. Sean talks about how culture can impact your strategy and it’s about having the right people in the right place.

30 – 40 Minutes

Dave asks about building smarter goals and Sean walks through how to break down something like “I want to lose weight” into smarter goals as an example. Sean also talks about the tracking and performance part of achieving a goal. The group talks about how important that tracking side of goals is and how it can impact your success.

Sean Ryan

Sean Ryan

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.

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