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Bill Shannon

Bill Shannon

Auburn University

Auburn, AL USA

"The best teams always begin with a set of beliefs."

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Bill's work combines: Education, Sports, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Director of Human Resource Development

I lead human resource departments (training employees, leading sports events, etc.)

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Huntington Park High School

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Bachelor's Degree: CSUF English Language and Literature, General

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I never met my real father and was also an only child. I really only had my mother until my stepfather came and took the role of my father.

  • 2.

    I went to school in a community of mostly minorities. Here, I was one of the only "white guys." Of course, this can be discouraging but I saw it as a gift that taught me to not stereotype others.

  • 3.

    I have moved around a lot. Worked in multiple states, so I have met a lot of different people. Some not always the nicest.

  • 4.

    Always moved or changed jobs because it was best for my family. Best places and schools for my sons.

  • 5.

    Kept in mind my true calling—no matter the job title—that I am a teacher first and a builder of teams second.

  • 6.

    My first book, A Great Organization Made Simply(c) shows the how behind what makes a great company, organization or team—that is, the best always begin with a set of beliefs.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Friends:

    My basketball teammates would find it weird that I always had a book in hand. They did not understand why I'd do so much to get good grades, as most college athletes focus more on their sports. This made me feel like an outsider.

  • How I responded:

    I did not let it get to me. I always remembered why I was doing it and remained passionate about my education and the career I wanted for himself. Despite any negative attitudes or comments, I kept pushing.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Once leaving Cal State Fullerton, I had to compete for and keep jobs I got. I did so by finding mentors, taking extra classes and working two or three jobs while teaching.

  • I was the only white kid in the league in basketball and baseball. I was in danger at times, and sports got me respected and past it.