The Bravery Trick Book Launch - Coming May 14th, 2024!

Excellius Leadership Development
The Bravery Trick by Ed Evarts of Excellius Leadership Development

The Bravery Trick

Four Easy Ways to Say Hard Things


Book Synopsis

Have you hesitated to speak up or take action, all because you didn’t know how to be brave at work? Have you ever avoided saying something out loud because you were worried you might be judged or belittled?

We’ve all experienced moments, bursting with potential, where we’ve held back and wavered to act because we didn’t know how to be brave at work.

Today’s leaders require bravery as an essential tool to speak and act when necessary, fostering progress and helping others be more successful. In The Bravery Trick, Ed dives right into sharing four impactful strategies, based on personal and client experiences, survey findings, and podcast guest interviews, emphasizing bravery’s crucial role in our workplace.

As most Medal of Honor recipients report, their acts of bravery did not come from a conscious decision, but a compelling and selfless sense of what needed to be done in a moment. The social pressure to conform to popular thought and curb what we believe to be the right thing to do is around us all the time. Without diversity of thought, there is little hope for innovation and growth. Ed Evarts book will help provide food for thought to prepare you for a moment of opportunity—your moment of courage and bravery!

Richard Boyatzis, PhD

Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Co-author of the international best seller "Primal Leadership" and the new book "Helping People Change"

If you are seeking ways to say something that might be hard to say or you believe may be hard for someone else to hear, The Bravery Trick demonstrates key and actionable ways to make instant progress in being the brave contributor you want to be and to help your colleagues become better leaders.

Peter Bregman

CEO, Bregman Partners and author of "Leading With Emotional Courage"

Ed Evarts has written the field guide for bravery at work – a universal topic that touches all of us. When we’re not brave, we regret it. We let fear rule the day instead of summoning the courage to do what we know we should do to correct, protect, or add value in some way. Of course the fear is often justified because we often face rejection, retaliation, and repercussions, and there is no guarantee of a positive outcome. But if we’re not brave there is an absolute guarantee that we will not have helped the situation. In this book, Ed takes an imminently practical approach to help us on both the skill and will sides of workforce bravery. His research and tools help us perform as agents rather than objects at those critical moments of truth that shape the future for all of us!

Timothy R. Clark

CEO, LeaderFactor, author of "The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety", host of "Culture By Design" podcast

The Bravery Trick takes an experience that all of us encounter in our careers—avoiding saying something that might be hard to say or for the other person to hear—and provides some simple and easy steps to help you help others. Ed Evarts’ use of client stories, podcast guest interviews, research, and insights help us untangle the behavior of bravery in ways that allow us to move forward. Not only is being brave to help others the right thing to do, it is also something we cannot avoid as our careers unfold.

Amy Edmondson

Author of Right Kind of Wrong and The Fearless Organization, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management, Harvard University

We do not talk about bravery at work to the degree that we should, in an effort to help individuals and organizations grow. Ed Evarts’s The Bravery Trick jumps right into the fray and helps us navigate these challenging waters effectively. Like dignity—a characteristic we all possess—bravery is equally important. Bravery helps others raise their self-awareness and find ways to move forward. Sometimes the best feedback comes from a colleague or friend who cares about your development–provide them the space to be brave with you.

Donna Hicks

Author of Leading with Dignity and Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Ed Evarts is a masterful courage encourager and The Bravery Trick offers a useful and practical approach to you build the confidence and competence to speak up for what matters most.

Karin Hurt

CEO, Let’s Grow Leaders, and author Powerful Phrases for Dealing With Workplace Conflict

Book Launch & Signing

(From previous book launch “Raise Your Visibility & Value“.
Photos from “The Bravery Trick” launch & signing will be posted after the event.)

About the Author: Ed Evarts

Ed Evarts is the founder and president of Excellius Leadership Development, an organization focused on coaching mid- to senior- level leaders and their teams in business environments.  He is also the author of the forthcoming book “The Bravery Trick” and previous titles “Drive Your Career” and “Raise Your Visibility & Value.

With over twenty-five years of innovative leadership and management experience, Ed possesses the ability to build awareness, create action, and deliver results.

Known for his business acumen, his ability to resolve complex human relations issues, and his enthusiastic, accessible and responsive style, Ed partners with managers, leaders and business teams to explore clarity and communication, and traverse conflict and change.

Full coaching bio (PDF)

Ed Evarts of Excellius Leadership Development