Peter Baines

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Peter Baines is one of Australia’s leadership experts having road tested leadership the hard way. Peter spent 22 years with the NSW Police leading teams in response to acts of terrorism and natural disasters on a scale not previously seen.

Peter was part of the leadership team that responded to Bali after the bombings in 2002 and was called upon in 2005 to lead national and international teams in response to the Boxing Day Tsunami.

As a corporate trainer, keynote and leadership speaker, Peter has presented to tens of thousands since he started in 2005 and provides one of the most motivational and inspirational presentations you will ever see. He has a captivating story which he tells with warmth and humour and gives each person who listens something to take away for themselves, their family and their workplace.

His audience is vast having presented to major corporations and governments on Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility and has a history of presenting in Europe, North America, and extensively throughout the Asia Pacific Region. He has presented to Interpol, the UN Office of Drug & Crime, the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultan of Oman, BHP Billiton, United Fire Brigade Association of New Zealand and the Starwood Hotel Group Indochina. Most recent is his work with the major Australian banking corporation NAB who requested his assistance following the devastating Queensland floods and cyclone.

Peter I love how your new keynote builds upon what you have previously done, but it is also a stand alone piece. You provide very real and practical steps for leaders to improve the way they lead. Your achievements are nothing short of amazing. Your presentation was once again food for my soulTony Ryan

The impetus for Peter speaking was the events that followed the South East Asian Tsunami. The work that he does now with Government and Corporates, along with the amazing work at Hands provides new material that he frequently draws upon. Audiences will hear how to be a leader with no positional authority, that true leaders are identified by their actions and reactions and when your resolve is tested how to understand why you do what you do. Peter calls this understanding your clarity of purpose. He explores the 3 levels of executive presence and the importance of leaders in understanding their value. Audiences will also hear about the importance of having Sustainable Leadership. He says that “you can care all you want but when what you are doing is not sustainable you will not survive”.

Peter is ideally suited to open or close a conference and works perfectly in those low energy spots on a conference program when a compelling corporate leadership speaker is required. His most popular keynote topics are ‘Leadership Matters’ and ‘Sustainable Leadership’.

Peter is a true expert who does what he teaches on a regular basis and does this for reasons beyond himself. Embrace the chance to learn more about his inspiring Leadership teachings and hear his amazing story.

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Keynote Topic: Leadership Matters

Peter was the leader of teams in Bali after the bombings of 2002 and then in Thailand after the Boxing Day Tsunami. Peter headed up multiple rotations into Thailand leading international teams in the identification of those who died.

Peterʼs final years with the NSW Police were spent on secondment to the National Institute of Forensic Science where he worked on national and international capacity building projects around counter terrorism and leadership. He spent time advising Interpol in France and the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime in South East Asia.

The feedback from across the group was extremely positive, Peter is a very engaging and approachable speaker, with thoroughly captivating storiesMedibank

Peterʼs keynote presentation takes audiences through the importance of leaving an indelible impression, making decisions without deliberation and focusing on results and not excuses. He tells the story of successfully negotiating with the Prime Minister of Thailand to get resources and shares the lesson that came from that.
Peter spends time exploring the clarity of purpose and why as leaders we need to be clear as to what drives us on an individual level and on an organisational level. He also shares the secret of the Australian team learning to sing the Thai national anthem and how that was more powerful in motivating teams than in payment of higher wages.

Key take home messages for delegates:

  • How to be a leader with no positional authority. True leaders are identified by their actions and reactions;
  • When your resolve is tested you need to understand why you do what you do. This is what Peter calls understanding your clarity of purpose;
  • The importance of Values-Based Leadership;
  • How to lead with power and compassion; and
  • Hope is not a plan, we simply canʼt hope that something won’t happen but there is only so much contingency planning you can do – it then comes down to the strength of leadership.
Keynote Topic: Experiences Matter – Results Driven by Experiences

How do you reverse AIDS within children suffering from HIV? How do you change the lives of young girls who have been trafficked into a life of forced child prostitution? The same way you build deep engagement with your business, your team and your family. You create experiences.

It’s the power of experiences, that make us who we are and help us shape what we want to become as individuals, families, leaders and successful teams.

Peter stumbled across the deep value of creating experiences for people whilst trying to raise money and create hope and opportunities for children. Says Baines, what I found was that if I concentrated on giving rich experiences for those I was working with then it became easy to achieve the end result. And the end result for me was providing the simplest of opportunities for children who lived without the most basic of rights and privileges.
What I came to realise was that the more rewarding, the more engaging the experience was, the easier it was to build growth, sustainability and success in what I was trying to achieve. So what have been the rich experiences and the outcomes that have followed?

In 2009 I led a group of 16 bike riders from Bangkok to Khao Lak. A distance of 800km’s that we covered in eight days. Our combined fundraising saw us raise $178,000. A great effort but pulling into the orphanage surrounded by the children for who we were riding for, seeing their faces, seeing the tears running down the cheeks of the riders, I knew right then we were onto something special.

If growth is one of the measures of success, then based upon the growth of the bike ride, you would deem it an overwhelming success. Four years after the first ride we now run back to back rides that fill to our capacity of 50 per ride within a matter of days and in 2013, we raised over $800,000.

Growth is certainly an indicator of success, but what about return business? In 2013 on our Northern ride, 79% of the riders were back for their second or third time. Such is the strength of the experience a family of four returned after their first ride in 2012, to ride with us again in 2013, meaning they had raised over $80,000 in eighteen months. Why, because of the richness of the experience.

Coming from rich experiences is engagement. But engaging your team, supporters or clients is only half the task and if you stop with engagement you miss the opportunity to build commitment within them. You can have an engaged group, but without commitment they will like what you do and support your efforts, but we want their efforts.

And from what I’ve experienced since I started obsessing about experiences it’s the three elements of Experiences, Engagement and Commitment that lead you to results.

The results I have driven are through the charity I formed in 2006 after leading Australian and International teams into Thailand following the South East Asian tsunami and the identification of the thousands of souls that perished in that tragic event. It was those experiences that led me to work with Interpol in Lyon France leading an International Counter Terrorism project, it was the same experiences that had me spend time working with the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime, and deploy into disaster areas such as Saudi Arabia after the floods in Jeddah and Japan following the tragic earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Those experiences, good and bad have positioned me to now bring about a very different kind of result.

In 2010, I took responsibility for a HIV orphanage in the north of Thailand. Children were dying on a monthly and at times weekly basis. Since assuming control of that home, not one child as died in the past three years. At the same orphanage we have raised the CD4 count of the children and in the process eliminated in all but two children AIDS.

Further up the Mekong River we are now building six homes that will provide a safe haven for 90 girls who will be removed from the sex industry having been trafficked into this unimaginable life. All of this and so many other achievements are possible based upon the rich experiences we provide.

And what I’ve come to realise is that if we can bring about such significant change and quite literally stop children dying surely our teams, our businesses and leaders can also benefit from the same formula. What modern family today wouldn’t be richer for a shared experience? If you and your leaders are not engineering shared experiences, you’re missing opportunities.

I don’t think there is any magic bullet for leadership or driving results but if there was one thing I think you could obsess about, its shared experiences.

Key Takeouts

  • Understanding why Experiences Matter;
  • The value of Shared Experiences;
  • How to build Engagement based upon Experiences;
  • The key difference between Engagement and Commitment;
  • The importance of recognising Results as part of the process; &
  • How to engineer shared experiences within your leaders, team, social venture or family unit;
  • Identifying the relationship between the four key elements of Experiences, Engagement, Commitment and Results;
  • Examining the opportunities within your organisation, social venture, family or leadership team to build shared experiences.

Research and Tailoring

  • The value of shared experiences has worked for me, but how does it work for you and your industry?
  • Prior to presenting to your conference, team or group of leaders, I will examine the opportunities for experiences that are industry related; and
  • Peter will build and present specific case studies, that demonstrate the value and opportunities for creating shared experiences relevant to you

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    Peter Baines OAM

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    Sydney, Australia

    1300 884 485+61295183944

      Specialty Areas:
    Corporate Trainers, Leadership Speakers, Speakers, Keynote Speakers


    • Hands Across the Water


    • Medal of the Order of Australia 2014
    • Thought Leaders Socialpreneur of the Year 2008
    • Rotary Professional Excellence Award 2008

    • Doing Good by Doing Good
    • Hands Across the Water

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