Creating sustainable leadership became a passion of his after witnessing the devastating effects of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. He was deeply touched by the number of children left orphaned by the disaster and was inspired to set up an organisation that could make a significant difference in the lives of these children. In late 2005, Hands Across the Water was formed to raise funds for, and awareness of, the children of Thailand who were left orphaned. Today Hands is one of Australia’s fastest growing charities, having raised over ten million Australian dollars without spending one cent of donor’s money on administrative costs since its inception. With this they have built several orphanages, purchased a rubber plantation to ensure a sustainable and regular income, constructed a medical and community centre in the Khao Lak region of Thailand and currently have a further three building projects under construction across three different sites. Hands, now has operations in seven different locations within Thailand and provide a home to several hundred children every night. The success of the charity is focusing on creating meaningful experiences which lead to deep engagement.
Today Peter spends his time helping businesses build effective Sustainable Leadership programs through the unique mix of his leadership and corporate social responsibility initiatives. He continues to lead the international charity that he founded and spends a good portion of his time overseas building capacity.
Peter has a number of keynote themes from which he constructs a keynote according to the desired outcomes and audience of each client. Those contextual themes are:
- Leadership Matters
- Leadership without Authority
- Importance of Presence in Leaders
- Clarity of Purpose
- Values based leadership
- Results not Excuses
- Building Strong Teams
- Experiences Matter
- Engineering Experiences
- Why building Engagement is best achieved through
- Creating Legacy through Leadership
- Engagement leading to Commitment and Results.
- Doing Good by Doing Good
- The benefits of social ventures
- Turning your CSR from a cost centre to a profit centre
- Concept of Shared Value
- What is Caring Capitalism
Workshops - In addition to the keynote presentations that Peter often delivers when opening or closing a conference he also runs longer programs to explore in greater detail his experiences and learnings.
Operation Delta - a half day simulation exercise where delegates following on from Peter’s Leadership Matters keynote, are then tested how they would respond to a similar crisis as one unfolds before their eyes and they call the shots in how to respond facing leadership and moral dilemmas.
Multi day programs - Over 2-3 days Peter takes the delegates through an intensive journey through the work that he has done with very hands on practical and engaging learnings.
Journey of Change - This is an event where the value is best experienced with teams of up to 15 20 pax . Peter leads teams into Thailand and over 3-4 days he combines leadership and values based learning with Hands on experience. It’s a mix of reality and luxury.
Thailand Social Venture Experience - Travelling through the various homes that have been built by Hands this is a leadership experience unlike any other. Leaders in a group of 20-40, will spend time with the Asian of the Year, a charity founder known as the Angel of the Slums and other inspirational leaders.
Corporate Bike Rides - Staring in 2009 as a fundraiser the success of the rides and the magic that has to be experienced to understand the true value has seen the demand for these rides grow. From 17 people in 2009, to 250 people in 2014, Peter is now leading closed rides for corporate teams over five or eight day tours through Thailand.