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Right Risk

10 Powerful Principles for Taking Giant Leaps with Your Life

Erscheinungsjahr 2003, 216 Seiten, Kartoniert, Format (B × H): 139 mm x 15 mm, Gewicht: 270 g
ISBN: 978-1-57675-246-3
Verlag: McGraw-Hill Professional

Right Risk

Risks are a part of a fully-lived life and are essential for personal and professional advancement. Right Risk draws on the experiences and insights of successful risk-takers (including the author s own experiences as a daredevil high diver) to detail ten principles you can use to take risks with greater intelligence and confidence.

Right Risk is about taking more deliberate and intentional risks. It will teach you how to determine which risks to take and which to avoid, how to balance the need to take more risks with the need to preserve your safety, and how to confront all those people who tell you what a mistake it would be to take the risk.

Right Risk will teach you to make wise and courageous choices to confidently face life s challenges and take advantage of life s opportunities. It will help you become more comfortable with the uncomfortable, more courageous in facing fear, and more prepared to take the risks you ve always wanted to take. It will help you take the giant leaps you ve been dreaming of.


Weitere Infos & Material

Introduction: All Life Is Risk

Part 1: Risk Is Everywhere
It s Risky Out There
The Right Risk

Part 2: Readying for the Risk
Your Golden Silence
Defy Inertia
Write Your Risk Scripts
Turn On the Risk Pressure

Part 3: Relish the Moment
Put Yourself on the Line
Make Your Fear Work for You
Have the Courage to Be Courageous

Part 4: Commit to the Risk
Be Perfectly Imperfect
Trespass Continuously
Expose Yourself

Part 5: Reaping the Rewards of Right Risk
The Rightest Risk of All
About the Author

Treasurer, Bill
Bill Treasurer is a writer, speaker, consultant, and founder of Giant Leap Consulting, Inc., an organizational devel- opment company whose motto is Daring to Excel. From 1996 2002, Treasurer was a consultant with Accenture, a large management and technology consulting company. After working in the areas of executive communications and change management, Treasurer became a full-time internal executive coach on Accenture s largest client engagement. Prior to joining Accenture, Bill was a vice president at Executive Adventure Inc., an Atlanta-based team-building company where he facilitated corporate team-building events. He began his consulting career at High Performing Systems Inc., where he designed and delivered leadership and team development programs.
Treasurer has worked with over 75 prominent organizations in the area of organizational development, leadership, change management, and team-building. He holds a Masters Degree in Administrative Science, with a concentration in OD, from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. His under- graduate education is from West Virginia University, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship.


To live is to risk. Risk-taking is as essential to life as breathing. It is the oxygen of such things as innovation, entrepreneurialism, leadership, wealth creation, and high adventure. Without risk, there can be no scientific progress, economic expansion, or community activism. At a more personal level, remove risk and there is no personal growth, career advancement, or spiritual development (faith, after all, is a big risk). Personally and collectively, all progress, advancement, and momentum depend on risk. Like air, it is both nourishing and life-sustaining. And, like change, risk is constant, inescapable, and inevitable.

To risk is to live. As a vehicle to personal progress, taking risks is the surest way to get from where you are to where you want to be. The most fulfilling times in your life the times you felt most alive have undoubtedly been when you surprised yourself by doing something you never imagined you could, something hard, something scary.

Though most of us have enjoyed the accompanying rewards of an intelligently taken risk, most of us have crashed- n-burned under an ill-considered one as well. By definition, to face risk is to be vulnerable and exposed to harm. Consequently, we spend a lot of time trying to avoid risk by playing it safe. Chances are, anytime you have passed up a big opportunity, stayed in an unsatisfying situation, or failed to stick up for yourself, avoiding risk had a lot to do with your behavior.


In a world that continually reminds us about how unsafe it is, it is difficult to maintain a play it safe approach. From terrorist threats, to stock market gyrations, to corporate implosions, we are buffeted by the reckless risks of others. In an increasingly compressed and frenetic world, we are like billiard balls being smacked around in somebody else s pool-hall hustle.

Ironically, those who play it safe may be in the greatest danger. When we don t take risks we get stuck in a rut of safety. Over time, we become trapped inside our own life, like a pearl confined to its shell. Life becomes stale and boring. We grow resentful at ourselves for letting our grand passions languish. We tell ourselves, there s got to be something more out there for me. But we know we ll never find it unless we take more risks.

Risk or Be Risked Upon

Given risk s inevitability and its central role in living a fulfilled life, combined with the realities of an increasingly risk-intense world, knowing how to take risks should be a part of everyone s core life curriculum. Rather than let risks be inflicted on you by happenstance, today s realities dictate that you learn to initiate them yourself. As a friend of mine likes to say, You re either part of the bulldozer, or you re part of the pavement.

Fortunately, being part of the bulldozer does not mean you have to act like it. Unlike many of the risks that are imposed on you from the outside, the risks you take can be anchored to steadfast principles that serve to strengthen your life instead of undermine it.


What This Book Is About

Right Risk is about taking more deliberate and intentional risks in an increasingly complex world. It is about all the things that happen to you when you are planning for, engaging in, or running from, a risk. It aims to answer such questions as: How do I know which risks to take and which to avoid? How do I balance the need to take more risks with the need to preserve my safety? How do I muster up the courage to take risks when it is so much easier not to? How do I confront all those people who keep telling me what a mistake it would be to take the risk? And, most importantly, How do I make risk-taking less of an anxiety-provoking experience? (You d probably take more risk if you just plain enjoyed it more


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