Countless doors were opened for me while I was writing this book. I am especially grateful to the many author and client friends who took the time to review early drafts of the manuscript and gave me invaluable improvement suggestions. Especially useful feedback came from Chip Bell, BJ Gallagher, Sharon Jordan-Evans, Mark Levy, Maren Showkeir, Charles Lang, and Naomi George.
Nancy Breuer served as my Virgil as I navigated through writing this book. She mentored, educated, and cajoled me into writing a better book than the one I fi shared with her. She's a wonderful editor with whom to share a book journey. I am especially grateful to Glenn Saltzman, Ann Parker, Melissa Jones, and many other wonderful people at ASTD Press for believing in the book and its potential. Dawn Baron of Passion Profits Consulting, deserves a special thanks for all the ways she supports me and my work.
Thank you Dawn!
Becky Robinson and the publicity virtuosos at Weaving Influence helped trumpet this book far and wide. Bravo! Encore!
I continue to be indebted to my wonderful clients. They've provided me with a meaningful and fulfilling career. I am always grateful when clients become true friends and I hesitate to name specific people for fear of excluding or forgetting anyone. Some do, however, deserve special recognition, namely, Mike Calihan, Craig Atkinson, the Aldridge family, Steve Rivi, Sandra Alexander, Gail Tolbert, Naomi George, Thomas Schwerzmann, Marie Guevara, Tina Meyer, and Lynn Morgan.
Giant Leap Consulting has now been around for more than a decade and it would have gone off the rails years ago were it not for the wonderful courage, commitment, and ownership of current and former Giant Leapers, including Laura Cohn, Becky Jarrell, Ahli Moore, Michelle Sissine, Justine Foo, and Charles Lang.
I love my children and they love me. What more can a parent ask for? Being a father to Alex, Bina, and Ian has made me a richer and better person. Much of what I do, I do because of my love for them. I love you, kids! I am proud of you!
Having written is easier than writing. Writers, including me, can be a little moody during the writing process. I think my wife would agree, though, that this book put me in a better and lighter mood than my previous books did. Thankfully my wife has become quite experienced at living with me when I'm in “writer mode.” I love you, Shannon!
Finally, I would like to thank all the dead people! I am a spiritual guy, and I am grateful to those friends and loved ones who have traveled beyond life's veil. I am especially grateful to my grandmother, GooGoo. I grew up a lowermiddle-class kid in an upper-class town. GooGoo always taught me to hold my chin up high. Thank you for blessing me with your Irish, Nordic, Celtic spirit!
About the Author
Bill Treasurer is the founder and chief encouragement offi at Giant Leap Consulting, a company that exists to help people and organizations live more courageously. He is widely regarded as the originator of the new organizationaldevelopment practice of courage building.
Bill is the author of the internationally bestselling book Courage Goes to Work, which provides practical strategies for inspiring more courageous behavior in workplace settings. He is also the creator of a do-it-yourself leadership-training program, Courageous Leadership: Using Courage to Transform the Workplace. The program promotes managerial courage and has been taught to thousands of executives throughout the world. Learn more at pfeiffer.com/go/courage.
Since 1991 Bill has led more than 500 corporate workshops and webinars for notable clients including NASA, Saks Fifth Avenue, Accenture, Monster.com, Bank of America, CNN, SPANX, the Center for Creative Leadership, Hugo Boss, UBS Bank, PNC Bank, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Learn more at couragebuilding.com. Bill's insights have been featured in more than 100 newspapers—including Washington Post, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston Herald, and Investor's Business Daily—as well as many magazines, including Leader to Leader, Leadership Excellence, Business-to-Business, Parents Magazine, Redbook, Women's Day, Training Magazine, and the Harvard Management Update.
Prior to founding Giant Leap Consulting, Bill was an executive in change management and human performance practice at Accenture, a $28 billion management consulting firm. He became Accenture's first fulltime internal executive coach and coached Accenture senior executives to become more courageous leaders.
Bill's first book, Right Risk, is about how to take smart risks. As a former captain of the U.S. High Diving Team, he traveled throughout the world for seven years with a team of high-performing athletes. During that time, he did more than 1,500 dives from heights that scaled to over 100 feet . . . sometimes on fire!
Bill received a master of science degree from the University of Wisconsin after graduating from West Virginia University on a full athletic scholarship. He serves as board chairman for Leadership Asheville, is on the board of his local YMCA, and fights for the rights of people with disabilities, including his daughter, Bina. You can contact Bill at btreasurer@giantleapconsulting
.com, follow him on Twitter (@btreasurer), connect on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/courage), or fi him on Facebook (facebook.com/bill.treasurer). For more information about this book, visit leadersopendoors.com.