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My encounter with the CEO of Australia’s strictest REHAB – Is he Driven or is he Led?

Is he Driven or is he Led

The Lyndon-James family understand Social Capital at its finest

Peter Lyndon-James Leadership Seminar hosted by Smart City Perth at the Pan Pacific Perth ‘How to create safer cities through prison reform’

I started hearing about this guy called Peter Lyndon-James some time ago and didn’t think much of it, just another story of a guy that went from the dark side to a fanatical religious side of life, or so I assumed.

Having a real fascination for philanthropy and its purist form drew me to Peter time and time again.

Wether it was a news story or other Christians and non-Christians supporting his venture called Shalom House, (Drug Rehab Centre) Peter & Shalom House seemed to dovetail into my orbit.

At a distance, Peter reminded me of a world that I once lived in and basked in it until it went all toxic and turned into nothing more than a shell of religion.

Over the past couple of years at least, I’ve mixed with some of the Shalom House guys who are undergoing the drug rehab program. It was my privilege to spend time with them through Hanssen Construction as the company Chaplain as I’ve come to be known.

Every time I talked to the guys, they had a beautiful smile of hope. They worked hard, were polite and were open about their past and their new life of redemption.

Over time I started hearing of the obstructions Peter was facing with the local council and their constant attempt to remove the rehab centre from its current location within the Swan Valley. I continued to observe Shalom House growing and I had a tour of the Shalom facility, all the while staying at a distance from Peter himself.

I think it’s important that we don’t create personality cults but at the same time recognise wholesome leadership.

I’m of the belief those that create Personality Cults are driven and those that are true Wholesome Leaders are Led.

A driven person must control all the cards, a wholesome leader comes to a point that to truly make a difference they must be led by the greater good and a social conscience. Wholesome leaders know they need to collaborate with other wholesome leaders in order to see the full potential of their vision.

I recently invited Peter to speak to other self motivated individuals and business people in a seminar that was called ‘Developing safer cities through Prison Reform’ . Peter accepted the opportunity that was hosted by Smart City Perth.

I asked Peter to share what was on his heart to a room full of potential and leadership in their own right.

Peter shared his story and you could feel his energy unlocking minds and hearts. Peter was so transparent that it was awkward hearing what he went through as a child and the calendar years of incarceration.

I just wanted to hug him and say, “I wish I was there for you as a small boy to protect you from your upbringing”. It made me love my wife, children and grandchildren more.

Peter is one of those fortunate guys that doesn’t need my hugs and reassurance although I’m there for him nonetheless.

Peter like many of us have been drenched in the creators love and its unshakable. I’ve not had Peter’s terrible past but what we do have in common is a love for humanity.

People that are driven are looking for something beyond themselves, people that are led are filled to the brim with love and life.

Being Driven and being Led may look the same at a distance but they both produce different results.

A true philanthropist loves humanity and can’t help but give away their life for the sake of others.

Peter is an unusual breed and I look forward to assisting him in any way possible to see his vision of Shalom House grow nationally and internationally.

The local council or state government isn’t big enough to stop a vision that has blessed so many men and families that were once complete shipwrecks.

Peter Lyndon James, his wife and family exemplify Social Capital at its absolute finest.

For more on Peter Lyndon-James and Shalom House, please view their website contact them direct.

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