Patrick Houlahan |  Top Leadership and Motivational Speaker, Former United States Marine Corps “Top Gun” Fighter Pilot, Management Executive Consultant, Organizational Development Executive, and Entrepreneur

Patrick Houlahan

Top Leadership and Motivational Speaker, Former United States Marine Corps “Top Gun” Fighter Pilot, Management Executive Consultant, Organizational Development Executive, and Entrepreneur

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Patrick Houlahan

Patrick had a distinguished 27-year career in the United States Marine Corps as an Active Duty and Reserve fighter pilot. He was stationed in San Diego, CA. and participated in four six-month deployments: three to the Western Pacific and one to Al Assad, Iraq. Patrick was recognized as the Instructor Pilot of the Year and graduated from the United States Navy Post Graduate Fighter Weapons School, "Top Gun." During his military career, he trained over 500 replacement aircrew, graduated from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, earned his Master of Strategic Studies as a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Army War College, and served in a variety of leadership roles.

After leaving active duty in 2004, Patrick joined a management consulting company and quickly rose to become one of their top speakers. Over 13 years, Patrick delivered and conducted over 450 keynote presentations, training workshops, and consulting engagements with today's leading corporations such as Verizon, ExxonMobil, Medtronic, DOW, VMware and H&R Block to name a few. He became an Executive Consultant/Director of Seminars and in 2006 was selected as the San Diego's MPI (Meeting Professionals International) Speaker of the Year.

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TOPGUN Lessons Learned:
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TOPGUN strategies to be the top 1% in your marketplace

Graduating from TOPGUN wasn’t just a rite of passage and it wasn’t just a check mark along a career path. It was a validation of hours upon countless hours of hard work, introspective reflection, and attention to detail that is beyond reproach. It also came with an almost mythical charge to hold yourself and all those around you to the highest of standards.

In addition to the tactical instruction, I also learned what it meant to wear the TOPGUN patch and to be a TOPGUN grad. The lessons I learned at TOPGUN and the ways of conducting oneself as a TOPGUN grad hold true in Naval Aviation as well as in the business world. They are effective, timeless, and transformational.

In the presentation “TOPGUN Lessons Learned,” we will discuss the top five lessons (Purpose, Dedication, Humility and Honesty, Tough Love, Debrief) I learned from TOPGUN and how they can be used in business to develop and lead high performing teams. They are not hard to understand. However, they do take dedication. Let me share these lessons with your clients and their teams and show them how to become the TOP 1% in their marketplace.

Simplifying Leadership

Keys to Leading a Successful Team

Leadership happens at all levels or at least we expect that it should. But where do our rising leaders learn to be Inspired, Compassionate, Mission-Driven Leaders? What are the key principles they should follow?

In “Simplifying Leadership: Keys to Leading a Successful Team,” I will give you the leadership principles necessary to take your leadership and your team’s performance to the next level. The keys to leading successful teams are not hard to understand, but they do take commitment. Allow me to share what I have learned and experienced over the past 30 years, leading top executives and millennials alike.

Communications is Key

The Art of the Debrief

The mission is complete, the sale is won or lost, and the quarter is over. What comes next? Is it time to go after the next client or time to get started on the next quarter? No, it is time to have a debrief. Take this time to review what your team did right, what they did wrong, what they can improve, and what they can learn. As a military and business professional, nothing is finished until the debrief is completed.

In “Communication is Key: The Art of the Debrief,” I will teach your teams the steps and the art form of leading and conducting an effective debrief. Many companies review their productivity without ever getting to the heart of the matter. Unfortunately, they only review the surface-level causes and do not get to the root of the issue. They miss the opportunity to build best practices that can have an exponential impact on their business going forward. In addition, creating a culture of debriefing is a fundamental component of strategic leadership.

In this interactive presentation, I use a variety of stories to ingrain the steps of debriefing and to make an emotional connection of why it is so important to your team’s performance. Allow me to take your team on a journey and instill the art of the debrief.

Fast and Effective Planning

Link Tactical Actions to Strategic Direction

A senior executive once said, “We agree all the time at the executive level, but then things break down below us.” Has this happened in your organization? Believe me, this situation can happen anywhere. But why does it happen?

In “Fast and Effective Planning: Link Tactical Actions to Strategic Direction,” I will teach your teams how to plan and ensure a line of sight from the frontline employees to the strategic direction of the organization. Unfortunately, many companies do not build effective actionable plans throughout their organization, which allows their strategic direction to become diluted. Planning takes effort, but as Yogi Berra reminds us, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”

In this interactive and informative presentation, I use a variety of stories to ingrain the critical steps to build effective actionable plans and how to link tactical actions to strategic direction. Allow me to instill the planning processes that have served me well in combat and in the business world.

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