Drive Your Career: 9 High-Impact Ways to Take Responsibility for Your Own Success
By Stephanie Legatos
Drive Your Career
By Ed Evarts
Excellius Press, 2020
This book is focused on enabling you to be the driver of your career – and show you through simple, easy-to-implement behaviors how to shift from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat. Each chapter explores one of nine ideas – tips to put into action — and outlines what typically gets in the way of implementing important strategies for advancing your career.
Real-life, concrete case studies provide a framework throughout Drive Your Career. Author Ed Evarts also provides a guiding principle: “Doing something recurrently matters more than doing it frequently.”
As I understand it, recurrently means a dedicated effort to make an activity a part of one’s behavior – on a frequent basis, definitely, but also as a rule, and something that happens at defined times. This principle is based on wisdom learned during his 20+ year career as a leader and as a leadership coach.
So here are his nine ideas:
- Have a positive relationship with your boss. And Evarts provides strategies for building, repairing, and sustaining a trusting relationship.
- No one knows you better than you do. Evarts offers ideas for creating self-awareness and then turning this self-awareness into action.
- Be the most curious person in the room. The author explains why listening is crucial.
- Bell curves rock. And they help you fully think through both the positive, beneficial aspects of your ideas and the potential risks and impact they also may have.
- Colleagues are your best resource. Evarts shows why connecting with people, especially people Evarts describes as “tenured employees,” can make or break your first 90-days on the job.
- Play the hand you’re dealt. Think about dissatisfaction with your role or company in terms of “fold, bluff, or take action,” Evarts says. This is the most emotionally laden chapter in the book – how we deal with dissatisfaction and the toll it takes when we “bluff” about how we feel.
- Pausing is powerful. Think first, act second is important for making progress.
- It’s all about feedback. Seek feedback and, in turn, provide it, Evarts suggests. This will help you engage with others and spur productivity.
- Finally, he asserts it’s all about empathy. You must show interest and caring to build connections that create a sense of belonging.
This book is both an easy read but one that maybe states the obvious. Yet it directly pushes you to examine how you are seen at work. Its beauty is in the practical tools offered for career success.
Evarts also is the author of Raise Your Visibility & Value: Uncovering the Lost Art of Connecting on the Job.
Stephanie Legatos is a career coach providing services for career exploration and decision-making as well as the concrete aspects of a job search. She brings a holistic perspective to her work, and integrates mindfulness, journal writing, collage (a visual and writing process), and inner-critic transformational activities into her work. For the past 25 years Stephanie has worked with thousands of job seekers individually and through workshop and webinar presentations. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and qualified user of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). You can read more about her background and her services on the website for her company, Visible You: visibleyou.biz.