Interview with Heather Hansen O’Neill: From Fear to Fire

June 22, 2023 | Events, Leadership

William F. Merck II, Author, Leader, Speaker

by William F. Merck II

Events | Leadership

In this interview, I share with Heather Hansen O’Neill leadership secrets to overcoming fear, embracing your gifts, and achieving success.

“From Fear to Fire: Secrets to Overcome Fear, Embrace your Gifts and Achieve Success,” is the title of Heather Hansen O’Neill’s podcast. She calls it, “the place where real people share real challenges.” In our discussion, we talk about leadership secrets to help you excel in all your business roles.

My aim in this interview is to explain how my learning moments and leadership experiences helped shape who I am today. From there, I show listeners and readers how this will apply in your world, so you can take the steps needed to become a leader in your chosen field.

You can listen to the interview here.


Bill’s book, So, You Want to Be a Leader, is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Read excerpts from his book and articles on leadership here.

So, You Want to Be a Leader by William F. Merck II

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So, You Want to Be a Leader: Secrets of a Lifetime of Success is now available in paperback and e-book editions.

Afternoon Live Interview on KATU

Bill gives some leadership tips in an interview with KATU host Kara Mack on Afternoon Live.

Harvard Bookstore Presentation

A fall trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, proved to be an exciting adventure and a wonderful experience for a new author.

Introduction

A leader is not restricted to any particular spot on an organization chart or any title. A leader is anyone who sets a direction and inspires others to follow.

Interactions with Purpose

Meetings and public communications, with an emphasis on keeping a good flow of accurate information throughout an organization, are critical for effective leadership.

Faces of Leadership: Appearance on the Donna Seebo Show

Bill shares his experience and insights into what it takes to become a leader with Donna Seebo on her show, Faces of Leadership.

Developing Curiosity

Early experiences and the environment in which they take place set the stage for a personal understanding of what and how life works.

Transition Tips for New Leadership Roles

Bill’s guest article for The Kevin Eikenberry Group with ten tips to think about as you make the transition to leader.

The Perfect Leader Myth

Searching for and selecting the leadership team for an organization is a crucial exercise for organizational success.

On Sale Now! Breadcrumbs: Finding a Philosophy of Life

Bill’s latest book, “Breadcrumbs: Finding a Philosophy of Life,” is now on sale at Amazon! Contemplate your own early experiences as an investigative exercise in understanding what you believe and why you think the way you do today.

GoDaddy Interview on Achieving Victory

GoDaddy writer Ashley Grant talks with Bill about how to develop a military mindset to advance the trajectory of your career.

Motivators

Motivation inspires people to pursue their dreams, see purpose in their lives, and find success. If you keep this in mind, you will have made their jobs into careers.

Tribal Boundaries

I believe that people are inherently good with exceptions. I strive to appreciate people for who they are, not what they appear to be.

Meet Bill

William F. Merck has a lifetime of experiences in the working world that contributed to his success in a variety of leadership roles.

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So, You Want to Be a LEADER


Being a leader is not easy for anyone. Thankfully, this book transforms more than a half-century of leadership experiences into a practical handbook for those looking to excel in leadership roles. In candid fashion, So, You Want to Be a Leader: Secrets of a Lifetime of Success, reveals what works—along with an unvarnished examination of what doesn’t—in a myriad of work-related situations.

On Leadership

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BREADCRUMBS: Finding a Philosophy of Life


In Bill’s new book released on March 14, 2023, the author uses stories from his life’s journey to illustrate points in time that helped form his view of the world and his place in it. From growing up in Southern Georgia in the 1940s, to becoming a military officer and a corporate leader, he discovers a nexus between early feelings and subsequent notions and beliefs.

On Philosophy

BREADCRUMBS