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Teamwork and leadership consultant Treasurer-formerly known as the fire-diving stuntman Captain Inferno-here encourages readers to take risks calculated to catapult them out of the lukewarm safety of mediocrity and into "an intimate encounter with the magnificence of their own souls." Treasurer chooses intriguing anecdotes, often from his seven years as a member of the U.S. High Diving Team (which is where he first leapt from a diving board, engulfed in flames, and plunged into a pool 100 feet below) to illustrate how to take good risks. "When we don't take risks," Treasurer says, "we get stuck in a rut of safety. Over time, we become trapped inside our own life, like a pearl confined to its shell." He offers 10 principles to encourage such healthy risks, from "finding your golden silence" (becoming attuned to your needs and identifing intelligent risks) to "exposing yourself" emotionally (embracing honesty and avoiding the build-up of resentments). His clear, colloquial chapters encourage readers to overcome inertia, write "risk scripts" and turn fear into a positive force. Admonitions to go ahead and be imperfect and embrace the possibilities inherent in risks-whether they're professional or personal-should spark many readers to vow to live more deliberately, energetically and authentically, and the questions Treasurer poses to readers at each chapter's conclusion are helpful tools for self-guidance.
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"How we handle risk is a key to so much else in our lives.... Bill Treasurer tackles the practice of risk-taking head on in a book bristling with enthralling anecdotes, intriguing information, and, most importantly, practical advice. Don't pick up this book unless you have a couple of hours to spare - because once you start to read you will be unable to put it down. And when you have finished, you will have gained important insights that will be of real use in your daily life. Right Risk is right on." - Michael J. Apter, PhD, author of The Dangerous Edge and Director, Apter International,Inc. "Everyone is a risk-taker! Some, however, have achieved more than others by using a sensible, ethical and value-based approach in making decisions that afford a high reward. In his book, Bill Treasurer helps the every day risk taker - at home; in business; in sport - define what risk really means and how you can achieve more by understanding it!" - Bob Carr, President, Executive Adventure, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576752461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576752463
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,748,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Treasurer is the Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting (GLC), a courage-building company that exists to help people and organizations be more courageous. He is largely regarded as the originator of the new organizational development practice of courage-building, a concept that was introduced in his internationally bestselling book Courage Goes to Work.

Bill is the author of Leaders Open Doors, a simplified approach to leadership that emphasizes the importance of leaders as opportunity-creators.

Bill's is the creator of Courageous Leadership: Using Courage to Transform the Workplace. The comprehensive off-the-shelf courage-building training program, published by Pfeiffer, has been taught on four continents in eight countries since being published in 2011.

Bill's first book, Right Risk is about how to take smart risks, and draws on Treasurer's experiences as both an organizational development professional and as a daredevil athlete.

Bill Treasurer also served as the chief editor of POSITIVELY M.A.D. (Making A Difference) (Berrett-Koehler, 2004). The book is a compilation of stories, from world- renowned experts, that inspires readers to make a difference in their organizations. Gannett newspapers called it "required reading for all employees contemplating putting a co-worker's tie through the shredder -- with the co-worker still attached."

Bill's insights have been featured in over 100 newspapers, including The Washington Post, The NY Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston Herald, and Investor's Business Daily. Bill's insights have also appeared in such magazines as Leader-to-Leader, Woman's Day, Parent, Redbook, Fitness, American Way, and The Harvard Management Update.

Since 1991 Bill has conducted over 500 corporate workshops designed to strengthen people's leadership skills, improve team performance, accelerate innovation, and help executives behave more courageously. Among his clients are Accenture, Saks Fifth Avenue, UBS Bank, SPANX, Walsh Construction, Hugo Boss, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Forest Service, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Veteran's Administration.

Bill lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife Shannon and their three children, Bina, Alex, and Ian. To contact Bill, email btreasurer@giantleapconsulting.com.

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We live in interesting--and exciting--times. While tremendous opportunities are placed before us, we are also surrounded (and influenced) by unparalleled uncertainty. Practically everything in our lives seems fraught with risk. Is this the right thing to do? Is this the right time? Questions! Questions!
Wouldn't it be nice to get some solid advice from a risk taker who knows what he's talking about? Bill Treasurer understands risk--from a variety of perspectives. He's a consultant-who formed his practice during a weak economy. Risk. Prior to that, he was a corporate executive with income in the six-figure range, yet he took the big leap of going into business for himself. From 1984-1991 he traveled the world as a member of the United States High Diving Team, performing some 1500 dives from heights over 100 feet (think ten story building). For years, he was also known as the fire-diving superhero, Captain Inferno. He dove dressed in a costume with a cape drenched in gasoline. With the strike of a match, he was transformed into a flying human torch. Risk.
You don't have to leap from tall buildings to take risks. They're all around us. The key, Treasurer asserts, is taking the right risks at the right time for the right reasons. His ten principles about risk taking, each presented in a separate chapter, guide readers through a process of evaluating the risks, obstacles, and the process to overcome fear and doubt in the right way. Each chapter presents one of Treasurer's principles, illustrated with anecdotes from his life and risk-taking experiences of others. Good stuff--highly readable, educational and thought-provoking. Each of the principle chapters concludes with a set of questions to stimulate additional thinking and assessment.
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Do you have a fear of heights? Are you afraid of fire? Could you learn to dive from a hundred foot tower while your body was aflame? Despite having both of those fears, author Bill Treasurer successfully completed 1500 high dives (including hundreds while on fire) from sixty to one hundred feet over seven years. That experience helped him develop an understanding of how to overcome our fears when it makes sense for us to go ahead. The cover features a vivid demonstration of his experience. His diving provides a moving metaphor for each of us identifying our most limiting fears . . . and overcoming them to live our personal value systems.

While many books talk about fear and overcoming it, this one is special in that it does a better job than usual in explaining why some seek out dangerous risks and others avoid minor risks that could be life-transforming. I particularly liked Mr. Treasurer's argument that in a world where people primarily evaluate themselves and others by externals we become obsessed with one-upping ourselves and others for the temporary "high" that brings. Trouble is . . . we then need to do it again. Why not evaluate oneself by inner measures instead such as operating

with integrity in terms of one's values? It can be a lot more frightening to do that than to jump from the top of a tall platform while burning!
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When I first saw the cover of this book, which features Bill Treasurer at the top of a high dive on fire as "Capatin Inferno," I wondered if I'd get much out of it. I wanted to learn about taking risks, but I already knew I had no interest in doing something dangerous. As it turns out, this was exactly the book I was looking for. Bill spells out in 10 beautifully written chapters how one goes about assessing risks and deciding when and how it makes sense to approach a new situation or even create one. The tips make a lot of sense but it's Treasurer's gift for organization of thought and his specific insight into each tip that make the book work.
Don't be fooled into thinking that you can't possibly have something in common with a man who used to light himself on fire and jump into a small pool of water. That's an extreme example of Bill's background and thought process. The truth is, his background as a consultant and entrepreneur give him even more credibility than his days as a diver. The combination of all of these things is what makes him insightful, entertaining, and even wise. My book is covered in yellow highlighted sentences. I keep it on my night stand and find it helpful to randomly select pages from it when I need to be reminded that my own risks, well taken, will be rewarded.
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There's an old story about a frog that sits on a lily pad, thinking about whether to jump to another lily pad to his left or the log to his right. He sits and thinks, sits and thinks. Eventually, because he never makes a decision, he turns to stone. That frog needed Bill Treasurer's book. RIGHT RISK helps readers face life's challenges with confidence and courage. Treasurer shares his wisdom through great writing and with compelling examples from his own experience as a member of the U.S. High Diving Team, making abundantly clear he knows a lot about risk taking. Read this book!
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