About

My passion is for my family, my friends, my work, my dogs (an English Mastiff, “Mattie, two Newfoundlands, “Zoey” and “Misha” and a wonderful part-Great Pyrenees, “Cooper”), books, bicycling, playing music, photography and raising Japanese Maples. I am honored to have a chance to share my blog with friends from this small planet we live on. For that I am thankful and humbled.

I have spent over 40 years in positions of senior leadership in leading privately and publicly held health care corporations. I’ve have focused my efforts on leadership, management, applications of social network analysis, complexity in organizations and organizational issues of health care organizations.  I have the honor to be with the the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX and lead the practice of Business Transformation.  Health care in the United States is changing rapidly and I have an opportunity to help others make those improvements. It’s a great career and a great place to work with great people.

I hold a Masters Degree in experimental psychology and a PhD in organizational psychology, and completed studies at the Ohio State University Fisher School of Business in the Executive Leadership program. Recently, I completed the certification program in Strategic Foresight at the University of Houston. I’m also an alumni of the Santa Fe Institute,  which is a private, not-for-profit, independent research and education center, where scientists grapple with some of the most compelling and complex problems of our time.

Additionally, I have served on the adjunct faculty of Minnesota State University, and have been a guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota and the University of Houston.  My volunteer efforts are focused on the Future Business Leaders of America and judging high school forensics and debate competitions.

Bill-  Fall 2011

106 Responses to About

  1. Amelia Higgins says:

    Bill,

    I like this website. It is full of positive energy.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Amelia

  2. suitablefish says:

    Thank you for the positive, creative posts on your site. Joyful to read. Susan

  3. Mary says:

    Totally drawn into your positive comments. Thank you, thank you. I needed that!

    Mary

  4. Zehra says:

    I’m so thankful that I am subscribed to your emails! Some of them reach my inbox with perfect timing. Life is so up and down, but I’m learning to try and keep my balance. Wishing you the best!

  5. lostupabove says:

    Thank you for following my blog

  6. Bianca says:

    Hello, I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. For more info go to http://glittertheair.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/kreativ-blogger-award/

  7. Thank you for subscribing. I look forward to following your site as well! Nice to meet you! Linda

  8. Dr. Bill,
    I’ve nominated you for the very inspiring blogger award, if you wish to accept it please check my post http://creatingwithin.com/2012/03/20/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    Love & Light
    SF

  9. HI Dr Bill,

    I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers Award. It’s a small token of my appreciation, from one blogger to another. Keep up the great work.

    You can see your award and others I’ve nominated here: http://beyondthecall.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    Cheers,
    James

  10. You have accomplished much in your life! ~Sherry~

  11. singhmv says:

    Hello Dr. Bill. Thank you for visiting my photo-blog. Your blog is simply beautifully laid out. I especially employed your photography. Are you a ‘Canon-ite’ or a ‘Nikon-ian’?

    • Dr Bill says:

      I am a Nikon-ian. I started out many years ago with Nikon and feel comfortable with them. I think Canon may have an edge now, but have too much invested to change . Thanks for you note. Take care . . .

  12. sherrylcook says:

    Thanks for the follow! Looking forward to reading more of your posts also!

  13. guttermutt says:

    What an A*M*A*Z*I*N*G blog. I look forward to following.

  14. Sonel says:

    What a beautiful blog you have Bill! I absolutely adore and love sites like yours! Thanks for the follow and visit. 🙂
    *hugs*

  15. reneeboomer says:

    HI Bill. thank you so much for following my blog. I will be back to read more of your interesting blog. Have a great day. Renee 🙂

  16. Hello there..
    It is a true please following you, much thanks for visiting my words.
    -Mari

  17. judithatwood says:

    Hello, Dr. Bill. Welcome to the Diabetic Redemption family of readers. I’m glad you’ve joined us. If you’d like, please find my Friends page, and tell me and my readers a little about you and your blog, with URL, please, so they can find you. I’m looking forward to seeing you in the comments, if that’s something you like to do. Either way, once again, welcome!

  18. deCamville Design says:

    Hello Bill, Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate how positive and uplifting your blog is, and I especially like the peaceful landscape photo header. ~Patricia

  19. reneeboomer says:

    HI. Dr. Bill. I have nominated you for the “Lovely Blog Award” and “Versatile Blog Award”. If you accept please visit my blog at http://www.postiivebboomer.wordpress.com thank you. Renee 🙂

  20. reneeboomer says:

    I apologize for the error… http://www.positiveboomer.wordpress.com

  21. Genie says:

    It is my privilege to nominate you for The Beautiful Blogger Award. You do not have to accept this award, but just know I think you are a beautiful blogger. If you choose to accept the guidelines for acceptance are at: http://geniespeaks.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/the-beautiful-blogger-award-2

  22. Dr. Bill! I’m not sure how you stumbled across my blog, but I’m glad that has given the opportunity to know yours. Maybe you read some of the difficult things I went through in Germany, and I want to say that I actually thought about you during them, and felt a bit ashamed I wasn’t staying as calm or “Zeny” as maybe I should. When you run into things that might present themselves as overwhelming at first, what do you do? I can read all the posts, and agree and admire them…but as a real person from your experience, would you mind sharing? Thank you for your words and inspiration, and thank you!!

    • Dr Bill says:

      Thanks so much for your post. Sometimes maintaining a positive balance in your live can be messy in times of high stress. Even when we find overall balance in our lives, there are going to be times when we are overloaded. If you find yourself in that position, don’t stress about it; that’s part of maintaining balance, too.

      I do this in my own life and, quite honestly, there are times when I need to adjust slightly to be back in balance, and other times when I need to adjust quite a bit. There are times when I feel myself getting a scratchy throat and realize that my body is telling me that I need to get back in balance quickly or I’ll get sick. I listen to my body and my emotions, and I make the necessary changes to stay in balance (or I listen to wise friends who encourage me to do so).

      Staying in balance looks different for everyone, as we all have different needs for balance, different variables we work with in our lives, different levels of tolerance for imbalance, and different resources available to us, among other things.

      Also, positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.

      Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head every day. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information. If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you’re likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking.

      Take what happen in Germany as an experience to learn from and I’m sure that they next time you are faced with a unpleasant challenge you will approach it with stronger positive, personal resources. We all “catastrophize” at times and have irrational thoughts, believing that something is far worse than it actually is.

      Be well,

      Bill

  23. Wendy says:

    Dr Bill, you just started following my blog (meaningfulwesternlife.com) for which I am honored. After visiting your blog, I see we have some commonalities. I am an organizational change manager and my passion is to share ways to experience joy in their busy lives.

    I just recently had a paper published about ‘building change resiliency through meditation and mindfulness’ and I find it so interesting to see how businesses can transform easier when people are awake and aware, and see that they have a choice to make with everything that occurs around them.

    Your blog is lovely and inspiring. I just wanted to say hi and connect with someone else who shares the same kind of passion.

    Have a wonderful day,
    ~Wendy

    • Dr Bill says:

      Hi Wendy,

      That is amazing that we share the same belief about how a positive approach can be used to bring about organizational change. For over the last twenty years, I have utilized Appreciative Inquiry as a tool for engaging individuals in large change organizational initiatives. When individuals can use their own past positive experiences to create their future, the goals are more readily achieved.

      I would like to see a copy of your paper if possible. Also, if you have profile on Linked-In, we could connect.

      Best regards,

      Bill

  24. Thank you for following my blog and leading me to your amazing site! Your quotes are great and the images are excellent! I share your love for good images, I just followed yours.
    Cheers,
    Cynthia

  25. Wendy says:

    Hi there, if you send me an email to meaningfulwesternlife@gmail.com, I will send you a copy of my published paper to see. :o)

  26. Jennifer Worrell says:

    Thanks for all the inspiration and for following my blog:) Beautiful site!!!

  27. Rebecca Koo says:

    Great blog you have here! Love this!

  28. You have a lifetime of giving here.. my doctor, whom i adore and is helping me to heal, once was at the cancer center and thankfully, was cured. He cannot speak more highly of it. Sadly his wife recently passed from breast cancer-any cancer is a very nasty disease i hope one day we conquer.

    I look forward to reading your thoughts here and enjoying your offerings. Blessings…

    • Dr Bill says:

      Thanks Linda. Working in a cancer center every day changes one’s perspective on the value of live. Most of our worries about living are actually rather small when you compare them to life and death decisions. Be well, Bill

  29. I love your blog and have nominated you for several awards! Please don’t feel obligated to participate – just know that you are appreciated. Here’s the post: http://newsofthetimes.org/2012/08/28/tuesday-tunes-ramble-on-and-awards-galore/ Keep up the great work!

  30. reneeboomer says:

    Dr. Bill, I have nominated YOU for “The Addictive Blog Award”. Awesome!! Please visit me …www.positiveboomer.net. 🙂 Renee

  31. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    I have enjoyed wandering through your thoughts to words…
    your space has a wonderful energy, I am never sure how I end up on
    a blog, but its usually because I need to see or read something for me in this moment….
    I found it today, as I enjoy your Sunday music Norah Jones…Beautiful ….
    Thank you for sharing you…
    Take Care…
    You Matter….
    )0(
    maryrose

    • Dr Bill says:

      Thanks so much Mary Rose. Like you I journey through writing of many wonderful folks. I feel that I am a better person for just know them. Be well. Bill

  32. Kiersten says:

    Your blog is so beautiful and inspirational. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  33. I know you have an overload of awards as well but I would be honored if you would accept mine
    Eunice

  34. Herman says:

    Thank you for following HoB. Much appreciated! I’ll be hanging around here…

  35. Thank you for following littlemisswordy and welcome! 🙂 I’ll be back to explore your site as well!

  36. reneeboomer says:

    HI Dr. Bill, I have nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award. Please check out my post for more information. 🙂 Renee http://www.positiveboomer.net
    Please remember you are not obligated to accept.

  37. inspire1life says:

    Bill, thank you for visiting my blog. I’m so glad that you did, as I now have the pleasure of following your blog. 🙂

  38. Only just found this site – via Ivon. Love the picture at the top and judging by the subjects on your tags list there will be plenty for me to come back for.

  39. Wendy says:

    Hi Bill, I enjoy your blog and wanted to let you know I’ve nominated your blog for The Blog of the Year 2012 Award. Here is the post:
    http://meaningfulwesternlife.com/2012/12/30/honored-by-the-blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

    Have a wonderful day!
    ~Wendy

  40. inspire1life says:

    Hi Bill, I have nominated you for the Reality and Shine On Blog Award. Here is the link: http://inspire1life.com/2013/01/03/reality-and-shine-on-blog-awards/
    Congratulations! 🙂

  41. Thanks for visiting my blog “Musings of a Horse Mom.” Good to have you on board … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

  42. dmgartphoto says:

    Great blog and I love the pictures, are they all yours?

  43. petrel41 says:

    Congratulations, Dr Bill!

    I have nominated your blog for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    More about this nomination is at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/very-inspiring-blogger-award-thanks-bette/

  44. your blog is extremely extra-ordinary,outstanding and charming 🙂
    ====>>>drive to my blog dear 😉

  45. takecarecher says:

    Dr. Bill, your site and postings are just stunning ….I mean, even if there was no commentary to read, the visuals and poems take my breath away. I am a caregiver to the nth degree and just perusing here lowers my blood pressure! I try to take care of everybody and everything without short selling myself and your “realm” you’ve created here is a secret spot for me to come and chill…truly. I have just started blogging, hoping my experiences will help others with a stress-packed life, and also because it is cathartic for me. I hope you’ll check it out and give me your honest opinion. One day I hope to be a go to spot for people that have too much on their plate all over the world. Thank you again for the pick me up! Cher

  46. Susan Ekins says:

    Dr. Bill, I have always enjoyed your upbeat posts, but hadn’t read your “About” page. Wow! Not only a nice, family-oriented person but a talented leader in healthcare. With that, your healthy lifestyle, and your volunteer work, you are a great role model. I’d love to hear your time-management tips!

    • Dr Bill says:

      Thanks Susan. I think we all have to figure how we manage the time we have. I have so many interests that I make sure I take the time to explore each of them and yet have time for my family and work, It’s like a three-legged stool. If you spend too much time taking care of yourself you have a lop-sided stool and life is out of balance.

  47. Hi Dr. Bill! You follow my talented friend Mimi at Waiting for the Karma Truck; she blogged today about the book I wrote on breast cancer. I’m not sure how to contact you other than leaving a message here! I am hoping to get the book into hospital gift shops and cancer centers, and share the proceeds with the institutions. I would love to talk to you about working together. I can be reached at jfoerhirsch@gmail.com, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

  48. Hi Bill,

    Glad I stumbled on your site. Let’s go for a ride sometime.

    John

    • Dr Bill says:

      Thanks for following. this winter has been something else as far as winter goes and has seriously cut into my riding. Let’s hope for an early Spring. Take care! Bill

  49. Pingback: inspired and grateful | Lead Our Lives

  50. Lead Our Lives says:

    so…I am joining the chorus of followers who are inspired by what you offer. The pingback above contains my nomination of your blog for a Lovely Blog award. Thank you for what you share. We all need inspiration from time to time and your blog is one of my “go to” places for that. 😉

    • Dr Bill says:

      Thanks so much for following and the nomination for the blog award. Several months ago I dropped the awards off of my site in that I wanted the daily post to stand alone on its merits, but I do appreciate your kind words. Take care, Bill

  51. Catherine says:

    Refreshing positive and inspiring posts! Thank you for sharing! 🙂 I’m grateful to have found your blog!

  52. CultFit says:

    How do I begin to – Thank You – for stopping over and following my humble blog-o-thing?!? I wish you the very best, not only today but well into the future. Be inspired and please take care.

  53. Your blog is indeed very positive and inspiring. The world needs more people like you!

  54. alana says:

    Your words gave me some power to face My life.

  55. Dr. Bill, I came to your blog from Ivon Prefontaine’s blog. I am quite overwhelmed with all that you have done. The posts you put up along with the images and the overall feel of your blog is very reassuring. Thank you for creating this beautiful space and sharing.

  56. Nice to meet you Dr. Bill. I spent nearly all of my career (until I moved to DC) in the combination if IT/Healthcare. I found that of work very rewarding. Hugs!

  57. ~~~S Wave~~~ says:

    I’m enjoying this site so much. Thank you for all your positivity!
    ~~~S Wave~~~

  58. Susan Lord says:

    Dear Bill,

    Your website is a rare joy! The care with which you pick corresponding images is evident and has brought this reader much joy.
    Aloha, Susan Honolulu

  59. Hello Bill – having been in the mental health field that overlapped with the physical health care arena, I am very appreciative of anyone interested in bringing more humanity and greater holistic focus on both of these arenas. Your blog is lovely, celebrating the beauty of nature.

  60. Kati says:

    I love your blog and I miss your posts. Hope your just taking time to rest and keep on posting.
    All the best from estonian Kati.

    • Dr Bill says:

      Hi Kati – thanks for the kind words. I have taken a short break this past week as I have been busier at work and haven’t had the time to devote to the blog. I will be back this week. Take care.

  61. Eva says:

    Dear Bill,

    Is it possible to get the Orginal Foto of the Woman in Meditation it give me so much Energie and i will put it in my livingromm that i can get the Energie Every day
    Thanks for answer me
    Eva

  62. Susan McCann says:

    Today’s post on stress is one of my favorites. Thanks. Susan McCann

  63. Wow! There’s a ray of sunshine shining through my (virtual) window. Found your site as a result of just reading something over on Val Boyko’s site – see https://findyourmiddleground.com/2016/09/01/maturity/ – and what a find!

    Val and I follow each others blog. My wife, Jean, and I live over in Southern Oregon with our nine dogs and I know I’m going to enjoy following your own scribblings!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s