Positively M.A.D.

Making A Difference in Your Organizations, Communities and the World

by Bill Treasurer

Publication date: 08/07/2003

Positively M.A.D.
  • Brings together 50 of Berrett-Koehler's top authors to share real world stories about making positive and lasting change, despite the challenges of our times
  • Emphasizes people, actions, and ideas that are "mad"-out-of-the-ordinary, unexpected, counter-intuitive, defiant, offbeat, and edgy
  • Brings together 50 of Berrett-Koehler's top authors to share real world stories about making positive and lasting change, despite the challenges of our times
  • Emphasizes people, actions, and ideas that are "mad"-out-of-the-ordinary, unexpected, counter-intuitive, defiant, offbeat, and edgy

Featuring contributions by more than 50 of Berrett-Koehler's most renowned authors, Positively M.A.D. is a collection of stories about real people making real changes, large and small, in their organizations and communities. The founder of an adoption agency specialzing in placing "unadoptable" children. A former big-city mayor, the son of a convict, who now works with the children of convicts. A psychiatrist who was able to take his severely ill patients to their first Chicago Bears game by unexpectedly tapping into the kindness of the fans. An office worker who transforms a malcontent colleague with the gift of a chocolate cake. A woman who salvages used computers and donates them to Africa.

These engaging, optimistic, "can do" vignettes-organized around twelve different "lessons" that provide the chapter headings-are designed to inspire people to resolve their disillusionment by getting off the couch and doing something.

As editor Bill Treasurer writes, "Regardless of our station in life, each of us is entitled, and perhaps obliged, to etch our initials onto the tree of humanity. Despite the complexity of the world's problems and inadequacies, and despite our own frustration with the current state of affairs, we can indeed Make A Difference."

  • Brings together 50 of Berrett-Koehler's top authors to share real world stories about making positive and lasting change, despite the challenges of our times
  • Emphasizes people, actions, and ideas that are "mad"-out-of-the-ordinary, unexpected, counter-intuitive, defiant, offbeat, and edgy

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Overview

  • Brings together 50 of Berrett-Koehler's top authors to share real world stories about making positive and lasting change, despite the challenges of our times
  • Emphasizes people, actions, and ideas that are "mad"-out-of-the-ordinary, unexpected, counter-intuitive, defiant, offbeat, and edgy
  • Brings together 50 of Berrett-Koehler's top authors to share real world stories about making positive and lasting change, despite the challenges of our times
  • Emphasizes people, actions, and ideas that are "mad"-out-of-the-ordinary, unexpected, counter-intuitive, defiant, offbeat, and edgy

Featuring contributions by more than 50 of Berrett-Koehler's most renowned authors, Positively M.A.D. is a collection of stories about real people making real changes, large and small, in their organizations and communities. The founder of an adoption agency specialzing in placing "unadoptable" children. A former big-city mayor, the son of a convict, who now works with the children of convicts. A psychiatrist who was able to take his severely ill patients to their first Chicago Bears game by unexpectedly tapping into the kindness of the fans. An office worker who transforms a malcontent colleague with the gift of a chocolate cake. A woman who salvages used computers and donates them to Africa.

These engaging, optimistic, "can do" vignettes-organized around twelve different "lessons" that provide the chapter headings-are designed to inspire people to resolve their disillusionment by getting off the couch and doing something.

As editor Bill Treasurer writes, "Regardless of our station in life, each of us is entitled, and perhaps obliged, to etch our initials onto the tree of humanity. Despite the complexity of the world's problems and inadequacies, and despite our own frustration with the current state of affairs, we can indeed Make A Difference."

  • Brings together 50 of Berrett-Koehler's top authors to share real world stories about making positive and lasting change, despite the challenges of our times
  • Emphasizes people, actions, and ideas that are "mad"-out-of-the-ordinary, unexpected, counter-intuitive, defiant, offbeat, and edgy

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Meet the Author


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Bill Treasurer is founder and Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting (GLC), a courage-building company that exists to help people and organizations live more courageously.

Bill is considered the originator of the new organizational development practice of “courage-building”. Bill is the author of the internationally bestselling book, Courage Goes to Work (Berrett-Koehler, 2008). The book provides practical strategies for inspiring more courageous behavior in workplace settings.

Bill is also the author of Courageous Leadership: Using Courage to Transform the Workplace (Wiley Publishing, 2011). As a comprehensive off-the-shelf training program, the material is designed to help organizational development practitioners and training professionals inspire more courageous behavior in their organizations. Learn more at www.pfeiffer.com/go/courage.

Bill’s newest book, Leaders Open Doors (ATD Press, 2014), focuses on the responsibility that leaders have for providing people with opportunities that cause them to grow and develop. Bestselling author Beverly Kaye calls is a “wonderful treat” and author Chip Bell calls it “amazing” and “profound”. Notably, Treasurer is donating 100% of the royalties to programs that support children with special needs. Learn more at: www.leadersopendoors.com.

For over two decades Bill has designed and delivered leadership and succession planning programs for experienced and emerging leaders for clients such as NASA, Accenture, CNN, Saks Fifth Avenue, Hugo Boss, UBS Bank, Walsh Construction, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the CDC, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Learn more at www.giantleapconsulting.com.

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, Leadership Excellence, Business-to-Business, Parents Magazine, Redbook, Women’s Day, Fitness, and The Harvard Management Update. 

Prior to founding Giant Leap Consulting, Bill was an executive in the change management and human performance practice at Accenture, a $29 billion dollar management consulting firm. Bill became Accenture’s first fulltime internal executive coach, where he coached Accenture senior executives to become more courageous leaders.

Bill’s first book, Right Risk (Berrett-Koehler, 2003) is about how to take smart risks. It draws on Bill’s experiences as both an organizational development professional and as a daredevil athlete.  Bill is a former member of the U.S. High Diving Team.  For seven years he traveled throughout the world performing with a team of high performing athletes. During that time, Bill did over 1500 high dives from heights that scaled to over 100 feet...sometimes on fire.

Bill holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and attended West Virginia University on a full scholarship. He is currently the past chairman of Leadership Asheville, a community-based leadership program, served on the board of his local YMCA, and supports charities that advocate for people with disabilities. Most importantly, he is the father of three beautiful children, Alex, Bina, and Ian.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Sharif Abdullah
Marilee Adams
Dick Axelrod
Emily Axelrod
Jill Bamburg
Chip Bell
Geoff Bellman
Ken Blanchard
Ira Chaleff
Carol Coles
Storm Cunningham
Charles Derber
Don Frick
BJ Gallagher
Pamela Gordon
William Halal
David Haynes
Mary Hessler Key
Peggy Holman
John Izzo
Robert Jacobs
Sandra Janoff
Sharon Jordan-Evans
Judith Katz
Beverly Kaye
Debbie Kennedy
Paul Levesque
Richard Lieder
Stewart Levine
Mark Levy
Perry Ludy
Charles Manz
Karen Manz
Robert Marx
Don Mitchell
Barry Oshry
Alex Pattakos
John Perkins
Joe Raelin
Michelle Reina
David Schmaltz
Heather Shultz
David Shapiro
John Stahl-Wert
Jesse Stoner
Jan Stringer
Bill Treasurer
Cindy Ventrice
Steve Ventura
Jamie Walters
Marvin Weisbord
Leslie Yerkes
Moshe Yudkowsky

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