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Right Risk: 10 Powerful Principles for Taking Giant Leaps with Your Life Paperback – May, 2003
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Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
More About the Author
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 email@example.com.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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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Right Risk: Hallmarks & Principles of Risk-taking
"Take Risks- if you win, you'll be happy; if you loose- you'll be wise". Read more
As an experience-based facilitator, I begin every session, workshop or program talking about "challenge-by-choice" or in Bill Treasurer's words Right Risk. Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by D. Carr
I met Bill Treasurer when he came to one of our Writing Salon writing workshops. Immediately I was impressed by his quiet confidence, by his willingness to just try things and see... Read morePublished on February 6, 2007 by Allegra Huston
You would think that stunt performers are the ultimate risk takers. Speaking as a stunt performer in Hollywood, let me tell you that there are all kinds of risks. Read morePublished on July 16, 2005 by L. Hennessy
From the first pages of this book, I found myself reading more and more slowly. This book made me think. Read morePublished on February 1, 2005 by Ann W. Pruitt
Bill Treasurer's book came along at a great time for my husband and I. I have never thought of myself as someone willing to take risks or even enjoy the prospect of a risk. Read morePublished on November 3, 2004 by Kristi K. Greene
After a head on collision two years ago, I doubted my ability to recover and whether I would ever walk again. Read morePublished on September 9, 2004 by Victor B. Hawa
The author, Bill Treasurer, teaches the value of taking risks. Rather than stagnate or remain disenchanted with your life or circumstances, you learn how to take the right risk. Read morePublished on August 31, 2004 by Anita Jefferson
Have you ever thought about changing jobs or your career? Is fear holding you back because of the risk involved? Read morePublished on June 28, 2004