Dr. Jeff Evans is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, and leadership consultant. He is a recognized authority in the field of organizational change, leadership development, and emotional intelligence. He is currently the CEO of Envision Global Leadership, which is based in Houston, and helps businesses develop leadership structures. His areas of expertise include start-ups, small business support, executive training, HR, R&D, mergers and acquisitions, team building, analysis, and workshop facilitation.
His book “Inspirational Presence - The Art of Transformational Leadership” is considered a groundbreaking exploration of the science of productivity.
As an 18-year old in Southeast Texas, Evans had a job shoveling rocks on a country railroad track. One hot Sunday, he told himself, “There’s gotta be a better way than this.” The next day he began to better his life by pursuing a college education. Through hard work, and innovative thinking, he went from working as a laborer to teaching others as an executive coach and now travels the globe.
Evans gained his doctorate from Texas A&M in Educational Human Resource Development. He has additional degrees from Lamar University in liberal arts, secondary education and social history. He completed a 3-year post-graduate track in organization development and has done post-doctoral work in behavioral systems, organizations, and the psychology of group dynamics.
Evans is an ICF Certified Master Coach (MCC), as well as a Master Practitioner in Neurolinguistics Programming (NLP). He is also a certified commercial single/multi-engine pilot and CFI/MEI flight instructor.
Evans is currently the CEO of Envision Global Leadership (EGL). He founded the business in 2010 to assist c-level executives, providing them with entry system training. He also oversees the creation of business development strategies and helps build the teams that implement them.
For the past 30 years, Evans has also practiced as an internal and external consultant in the areas of leadership development, human systems change, and organizational capability. Consultation areas include new organization designs and startups, large group change methodologies, and joint ventures and alliances in international and global settings. He serves clients as a learning partner and coach in industries such as energy, marketing, IT, manufacturing, and consulting.
Evans develops training programs and standards for the Executive Coaching profession and is the designer and lead instructor in EGL’s Executive Coach Training. He also serves as an exam assessor for the International Coach Federation.
Before founding EGL, Evans was the owner of The Gaian Group. For over a decade, he worked to create the vision and concepts of an IT transformation for a super-major multinational. He also oversaw the concept, development, and funding of a change management project for an international IT firm, leading the 700-strong project group through a 3-year, on-time and on-budget, undertaking.
From 1988-1999, Evans played a wide variety of roles for Chevron. The most notable being as an Organizational Development Consultant; when he was responsible for strategic planning, leadership support, strategic design, and implementing strategic frameworks. He also oversaw the development and maintenance of Chevron’s mission, vision, and values.
Evans has authored numerous papers and articles in the field of organizational development and change, is the author of 2009’s “Inspirational Presence: The Art of Transformational Leadership," and in 2001, co-authored “The Ten Tasks of Change: Demystifying Changing Organizations.”
Evans' work focuses on developing and supporting dynamic and inspirational leadership presence. He believes in innovation and often tells this story to illustrate it. When Evans decided to get a Ph.D., while also working a full-time managerial job, he found to his dismay that the best program was a one-way 180-mile commute. He came up with an alternative plan to fly himself, but he first had to learn how. The result was four airman’s licenses, two airplanes, and a rental and instruction business, along with the Ph.D.
Evans talks about leading as a passion and as an inspiration that creates one’s personal authority to lead others. He believes that more than anything, leadership is about who a person is and how others experience that person. He is convinced that everyone has the innate capability to led through the heart and head.
As a speaker, Evans has been a key presenter in the areas of change leadership, emotional intelligence, organizational development, and large-scale change methodologies. His entertaining and popular talks are filled with stories of partnerships, perseverance, triple round rainbows, and the growth of self-reliance.
Boards & Consulting Roles
Evans is the co-owner and operator of Envision Coach Training. He designed and delivered extension courses in managing change, consulting skills, and systems thinking for UC Berkeley’s College of Business, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Houston's Executive HRD program, a non-profit support/consultant for the Houston Technology Center, and a consultant for the Doerr Institute at Rice Univesity. He was previously on the Board of Directors of the Association of Internal Management Consultants.
Recognitions and Awards
Evans is recognized as a thought leader in the fields of emotional intelligence, leadership, and organizational change.