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073: Bill Treasurer: I was embarrassed and tried to joke it off

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073: Bill Treasurer: I was embarrassed and tried to joke it off

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Bill Treasurer Show Notes

Bill Treasurer was in his performance review when his boss told him to close the door. Bill knew what was coming next was not going to be good. He told Bill he was concerned he was becoming a brown-noser. Bill was embarrassed and ashamed. Listen to what he said next that made all the difference.

Bill grew up 22 miles from Manhattan, in a town called Larchmont, NY. While his friends were mostly old-moneyed rich kids, his dad worked at the NY Telephone Company and drove a Volkswagon bug.

What makes Bill, Bill, is that he never had it easy. He prides himself on earning the things he’s gotten, the hard way.

Bill was a scrawny kid who never excelled in team sports. One day, though, he and some friends were jumping around on the diving board at the public pool and, by mistake, Bill did a back flip. It was a moment that changed his life.

Springboard diving became his sport, his discipline, and his love. He won the Westchester county diving championships three times and later got a full scholarship to West Virginia University. Eventually, he became the captain of U.S. High Diving Team and performed over 1500 dives from heights that scaled to over 100 feet. Some of the dives Bill performed were while doused in gasoline and lit on fire. By the way, Bill has a debilitating fear of heights.

Now, Bill considers himself a leadership plumber. For the last two decades, Bill has worked with emerging and experienced leaders every single day. Sometimes he works with leaders on succession planning. Other times he’s doing one-on-one coaching with them. And sometimes he’s sharing what he’s learned from leaders with other leaders. Bill has done hundreds of keynotes and workshops sharing insights he’s learned from his leadership clients.

Bill is the author of Leaders Open Doors, which was inspired by a conversation with his then 5-year-old son, Ian. 100% of Bill’s royalties are being donated to programs that support children with special needs.

Bill is the father of three children, Ian, Alex, and Bina. Bina has cerebral palsy and is deaf. Bill considers her to be one of his greatest teachers. The common virtue that runs through Bill’s life and career is courage.

It was courage that allowed him to walk through his fear of heights, leave a six-figure job to start his own business, be a truth-teller to dominate executives, and face the challenges, realities, and joys of being the father of a child with special needs.

Along with his wife Shannon, Bill and his family live in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

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“You’re not going to find your courage in your comfort zone.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet

“You’re job as a leader is to make people uncomfortable.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“You don’t find what’s better in your current condition.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“You need to encourage people into their discomfort zone.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“Listening is a sign of respect.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“Fear is really a question; what are you afraid of?” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“If you get on the backside of fear it will have taught you a lot about yourself.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“You better learn the do’s just as often as you learn the don’ts.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“If you stay in the safe place too long it becomes dangerous to your career.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“We learn best and deepest mostly though embarrassing experiences.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“We learn more through pain than we do from times that are painless.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“The greatest aspiration of a leader is to be confidently humble.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“You learn humility though humiliation.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“Sometimes it takes a good slap in the face from life that humbles you.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“Leadership is not about the leader it’s about those being led.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“If you’re puffed up and not humble you’re due for a face slap.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“If you get a right-sized ego you can become confident and modest.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“Our parents are our first imprint of what does a leader look like.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“You speed through this life, so you’ve got to make the most out of it.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“Play it less safe and learn to live without a net.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

“Keep doing the next right thing especially when you are afraid.” -Bill Treasurer Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Bill Treasurer was in his performance review when his boss told him to close the door. Bill knew what was coming next was not going to be good. He told Bill he was concerned he was becoming a brown-noser. Bill was embarrassed and ashamed. Listen to what he said next that made all the difference.

Advice for others

Use your life now and use it for good.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

The desire to be a more present father and husband.

Best Leadership Advice Received

Stop brown-nosing and believe in yourself.

Secret to Success

I’m really afraid of death. So I’m taking advantage of life because it’s fragile and moves fast.

Best tools that helps in business or Life

Writing is my passion place.

Recommended Reading

Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader
Self-reliance and Other Essays

Contacting Bill

Website: http://giantleapconsulting.com/ and http://www.billtreasurer.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/courage

Twitter: https://twitter.com/btreasurer

Resources

Leaders Open Doors, 2nd Edition: A Radically Simple Leadership Approach to Lift People, Profits, and Performance

Creating an even better place to work

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About the Author:

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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.