I have begun work on my third book, tentatively titled, Be Brave at Work. This book will be based on the lessons from the 200 interviews I have conducted on my podcast, also titled Be Brave at Work, and the lessons I have learned from many clients with whom I have worked over the past fifteen years.
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(Article by Michael Mink – Investor’s Business Daily referencing BeBraveAtWork.com)
Nervous about asking your boss for more responsibility? Jittery about expressing what might bring more satisfaction in your job? Don’t be. It’s time to be brave at work.
It’s human nature to feel anxiety in work situations. But it’s also liberating to practice bravery.
When you have a positive relationship with your boss, many wonderful and career-enhancing things—opportunities, praise, promotions, pay increases—are possible. Your life as an employee is easier, you have more impact, and you’re in a stronger position to drive your career forward. When I think of the benefits of having a positive relationship with your boss, I come up with an acronym that spells the word “help.”
As I work to improve my skills as a coach, there is a suggested best practice that if a coach can relate an experience that a client finds stressful, to an experience that is typically less stressful, the client will understand their stressful situation more clearly. This is what I have found with my poker analogy. In poker, you will be dealt either a good hand or a bad hand. Regardless of the hand you are dealt, it is the hand you have to play. More of your energy should be spent figuring out how to play the hand. By comparing their workplace to a poker hand – my clients seem better able to understand their situations, and more importantly, think more clearly about what to do about them.
We all need to find ways to be braver at work, and the valuable insights that Ed shares in this episode will positively impact your leadership and managerial development, as well as improve your overall work environment.
Ed Evarts is the Founder and President at Excellius Leadership Development and comes with more than 12 years of leadership coaching experience. He is also the author of several books, including Drive Your Career, which is what Todd and Ed dive into on this episode! How can you take charge and control your own destiny when you might be working with a boss that’s detached from your success? Ed shares his tips on how you can grow as well as develop your leadership abilities along the way.
In 2008, my guest this week Ed Evarts was unexpectedly laid off from his job as a senior HR director at records management giant Iron Mountain.
In the middle of a recession and with no network outside his former employer, he set about building his own coaching practice Excellius. It’s now thriving and Ed tells us how he made it happen.
Often my pods can get a bit philosophical, but this one is packed with practical advice, whether you’re building your career within a proper job or you’re out there on your own.