Episode 75: Leading with heart and innovation: Peter Baines OAM

“If you wait until you’ve got all of the answers to all the questions someone will beat you to it..”

If you were suddenly faced with an incredibly high stakes task of motivating a team to do a job that most humans would find unimaginable, how would you go about it?

While you might not be familiar with the work of Peter Bains OAM many of you will clearly remember where you were when you heard about the Bali Bombings in 2002 or the Boxing Day Tsunami in Thailand in 2004. The identification of victims of both of those disasters fell to those who were first on the ground, in many cases Australians including Peter who was one of the team leaders.

In this podcast, Peter speaks with Samantha McLean about motivating teams and leading with innovation especially through times of uncertainty and even crisis, including the role that culture and shared experiences play in both situations.

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Episode host: Samantha McLean
Special guest: Peter Baines OAM

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4:48   Before Peter became a leadership mentor he was in the NSW Police Force in Forensics Services investigating major crime scenes, he then became part of the victim identification team in Bali and the Boxing Day Tsunami
7:30   Why the Australians weren’t wanted in Bali (which added to the stress of the job)
8:12   “I felt incredibly honoured to be asked to lead the Australian team.”
8:57   How you motivate a team to do a job that nobody wants to do, when the team has completely lost motivation?
11:43   Are leaders born or made?
12:31   If 2018 wasn’t quite ‘your year’ how do you turn that around for yourself and the team in 2019?
13.24   “It just helps you with those challenging times. If you’re clear around why you do what you do; if the property market cools and if things go backwards and getting listings is harder. Well, then you need to understand what are the non-negotiables.”
15:03   Why deeper shared experiences bring teams together and motivate teams
15:30   “You can’t change what’s happened, but you can change what happens next”
16:20   Why Peter created Hands Across the Water
18.07   “There’s nothing more levelling than everyone walking down to breakfast in Lycra; when you when you’re on that bike, it doesn’t matter whether the CEO whether you what your position is because you’re all equal.”
21:14   Why this ride is for everyone – why it’s an inclusive experience that you’ll have with you for life.
22:25   How to join the Ride for Life
23:13   Steve Carrolls involvement with Digital Live having already raised $25,000 for the charity
23:36   Most important leadership quality for 2019 – both in business and in life
24:17   The key to lead with innovation, to future-proof your business in 2019.

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Samantha McLean

Samantha McLean is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Elite Agent and Host of the Elevate Podcast.