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Peter Shaw was born in Maesteg, Mid-Glamorgan on 15th December 1944 and was educated at a local primary school and Maesteg Grammar School. After leaving school in 1963 he worked for Midland Bank (now HSBC Bank) for thirty-two years attaining four managerial positions. In 1994 he took EVR and worked abroad as a free-lance banking and financial consultant, working mainly for the European Commission in Hungary, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Estonia and Georgia. He spent six years in Georgia as Project Team Leader for the European Commission in the establishment and management of the Agro-business Bank of Georgia. He was given the â€œIndividual Consultant of the Yearâ€ award in November 2001 by HRH the Duke of Gloucester on behalf of the British Consultancy & Contractors Bureau at No.1 Whitehall. In June 2002, two days before he was due to leave Georgia at contract end, he was kidnapped and held in captivity for a total of five months, for four months of which he was incarcerated in a tiny underground cellar, chained by the neck in complete darkness. He â€œescapedâ€ in dramatic circumstances in November 2002 and returned to Wales with his Georgian partner, Diana and their three-year-old son, Danny.
Peter Shaw suffered a tremendous ordeal at the hands of a psuedo military organisation in Georgia, held captive for five months and treated brutally until he eventually escaped. This is his powerful and moving story.
Recent styles of political debate in western democracies have highlighted questions about how we exercise personal freedom and who is responsible for how we live. At an individual level, we have seen lives destroyed by hate campaigns while a blame culture encourages us to scapegoat others for our misfortunes. Freedom and responsibility are themes that flow through scripture as well as public life and they are finely balanced. In our changing world, what do business, church and community leaders need to understand and embody? Peter Shaw draws on writers and thinkers from different eras in order to pose questions about what it means to act responsibly in a wide range of personal and public contexts. Chapters include: * Freedom that liberates * Responsibility that delivers * Freedom from and freedom to * Responsibility as a joy and not a burden * Freedom and responsibility in the workplace * Freedom and responsibility as a citizen * Freedom and responsibility in family and friendships * Finding our equilibrium going forward
In this latest addition to the highly successful 100 Great Ideas series, readers will find a comprehensive guide to overcoming one of the most frequently felt emotions at work today: frustration. Frustration comes in many forms and from many sources-bosses, colleagues, staff, clients, and not to forget, oneself. If left to fester, frustration can quickly impair a person's ability to work and to lead, and potentially hijack the performance of the entire team and organisation. 100 Great Leading Through Frustration Ideas provides a practical framework for leading yourself and others through frustration. Starting from a simple 5-step plan-Understand, Plan, Act, Observe and Reframe-this wise and wide-ranging guide shows you how to address your frustrations in a fresh and constructive way, and use them as a springboard to new breakthroughs. Author Dr Peter Shaw, who has written three other titles in this series, distils 100 learning points from his vast experience in business and government, and conveys them in a highly personable, easy-to-read style.
In The Mindful Leader, Peter Shaw unpacks the Christian concepts underpinning good leadership and management - such as wisdom, hope and truth - offering a toolkit for leaders who are aspiring to be more authentic. He applies biblical themes - from Accountability to Resurrection - to the demands of leadership today, looking to the example of Jesus and the Apostles to show how leaders can hold onto their values and beliefs despite the pressures they face. He bridges the gap between what Christian leaders hear at church and the demanding situations they face in the workplace, offering practical encouragement alongside realism and pragmatism about what is possible.
Leaders in every country and sector are addressing rapid change resulting from economic, technological, cultural, communication and social developments. The pace of change is unparalleled. Many leaders feel behind the curve as companies are merging and restructuring in response to these developments. This addition to the highly successful 100 Great Ideas series, readers will equip leaders to face uncertainty with confidence and equanimity. At the same time, the book teaches the team to accept the inevitability of rapid change and see opportunities going forward and not be overwhelmed by fears or apprehensions. This book will provide a manual for teams to discuss and agree on a shared approach going forward. The author has included provide case-scenarios to illustrate the learning points and these are a good reference point for anyone who leads a team in managing rapid change at work or who is affected by company reorganisation and right-sizing.