In the driver’s seat with Ed Evarts

Jun 29, 2020

As founder and president of Excellius Leadership Development, leadership coach Ed Evarts has spent years helping his clients achieve greater success in their professional lives. And as host of Be Brave@Work, a weekly podcast in which leaders share stories about bravery—or the lack of it—in their careers, he has shared many conversations about how choices impact career progression.

With all that accumulated wisdom about achieving career goals, we’re excited to be working with Ed on his forthcoming book, Drive Your Career, scheduled for a fall 2020 release. Read on to learn more about Ed and the insights he has to share.

What three words best describe you?
Curiosity, listening, and creativity.

What is your book about?
My goal is to share with as many people as possible specific pieces of advice that I have shared with most of my clients over the past twelve years. These are organic ideas (not forced or contrived) that naturally arise during our conversations. I believe that the more people who know this advice and work to apply the advice, the more likely they will be drivers of their careers versus passengers.

Whom do you most admire?
I admire folks who are willing to hear how people experience them in the workplace and are open to discussing options on how to make positive progress.

What is the last book you read?
The last book I read is The Fearless Organization, a book focused on the concept of psychological safety. I found it extremely accurate and insightful.

Who is your favorite author?
Marshall Goldsmith. I have no insights into his quality as a coach, yet as a writer, he is fantastic.  I also enjoy reading Clive Cussler, Stephen King, and Jefferey Deaver—I’m a bit of a murder mystery fan!

What is your personal motto?
Greater self-awareness leads to great self-management.

Where do you find inspiration?
Listening to the experiences of others and helping them navigate unanticipated challenges.