I was very impressed. We had Patrick speak at our annual retreat. He was very motivating and took the time to understand our business. He customized his presentation, so it made a greater impact on our attendees.
Top Leadership and Motivational Speaker, Former United States Marine Corps “Top Gun” Fighter Pilot, Management Executive Consultant, Organizational Development Executive, and Entrepreneur
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.
Featured Keynote Programs
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.
Keys to Executing in an Interconnected World
Executing as an individual is one thing. However, unless we are performing as an individual triathlete or an individual salesperson, everything in this world is done as a team.
We have all heard that “we are only as strong as our weakest link.” Oftentimes, that link is how we communicate across boundaries with other departments as we work toward an organizational goal.
In “Cross-Functional Execution: Keys to Executing in an Interconnected World,” your teams will learn how to work across boundaries from a U.S. Navy SEAL and U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot. We have worked and executed in the most demanding environments possible and we have translated those best practices for the business world. Allow us to demonstrate how the tools and techniques of a Navy SEAL and Marine fighter pilot will increase your team’s performance in an interconnected world.
TOPGUN Lessons Learned:
TOPGUN Lessons Learned:
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.
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.
I wanted to thank you for the presentation and information given to our key brokers, internal team, and the way you related to our industry. You did a great job making it meaningful to them while providing some needed "entertainment" in your discussion. We are always looking for ways to kick off a successful symposium and your execution was superb and right on point. Thanks again and best of luck in the future.
Patrick really delivered for us. Excellent energy! He arrived at our conference prepared with industry-specific language and scenarios directly applicable to our audience. Not only do he motivate, he presented new concepts and reinforces core principles of management in a high-impact way."
We were holding an annual kick-off meeting for our Team Members and needed a speaker that would deliver a strong message along with motivation. We found the right speaker when we chose Patrick Houlahan. From the beginning, Patrick was engaged and wanted to learn about our business and the audience for the meeting. After a few discussions on the phone and I am sure several hours of prep work on his end, he killed it
Patrick, Thanks again! Here are a few short comments about the program...Extremely exciting and informative. You gained instant credibility with your background and ability to tailor your message to our sales reps by speaking our company language. Easy to see that you took the time to get to know how our organization works. Well organized, entertaining, great content. Strategies that our workforce can use. You delivered a clear and precise message.