PODCAST: Episode 15 – Ed Wollman interview

Ed Wollman is the President of Wollman, Gehrke & Solomon, P.A. and has been practicing for more than 30 years focusing on estate planning, trust and probate administration, elder law and charitable giving. He also finds time to give back to his community. Serving on the board of directors as Chairman of the C’Mon Golisano Children’s Museum Naples is just one of the many ways, past and present, that Ed is involved in the SW Florida community.

Finding balance is easier when you do the things you love, says Ed. “The more you do, the more energy you get.”

Ed stands out among attorneys for not just focusing on his successful practice but taking it to the next level in terms of leadership. His leadership philosophy is, “Do what you do best and delegate the rest.”

It is important for Ed to surround himself with great people, people who are smarter than him, he says. If you can truly live with the idea of delegating and letting others take charge in certain areas, it leaves you alone to focus on your core, unique talents.

Identifying your core talents therefore becomes an important task. For this, Ed relies on the strategic coaching materials of Dan Sullivan, whereby you identify three of your unique talents and delegate everything else. This allows you to take things to the next level. “And I always try to take it to the next level. Because you’re either green and growing, or brown and dying,” says Ed.

For example, one of Ed’s unique talents he identified for himself is consulting. On anything. Being with clients and finding out what’s bothering them is a strength that Ed chooses to focus on. “If I can solve their problems and they leave just a little bit lighter, I feel super happy.”

And as for that famous question, what advice would you give to your 21 year old self?

  • Do what you do best and delegate the rest.
  • Give yourself a break and don’t be too hard on yourself.
  • “Empty your cup” – When you enter into a conversation, check your ego at the door, be vulnerable so you have room to listen.

“If you are constantly learning, listening, and accept the fact that you don’t have all the answers, then life is so much fun because I never stop wanting to take it to the next level.”

You can learn more about Ed and his practice at http://www.probate-florida.com/ and connect with Ed on Linkedin.