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Scott Eblin

Executive Coach Executive coach Scott Eblin’s goal is to help you succeed at the next level of leadership. Throughout the week, he’ll offer his take on the leadership lessons in the news and his advice on your most pressing leadership questions. A former government executive, Scott is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is the author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success.
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Don’t Like Organizational Politics? Get Over It.

September 25, 2013 At the end of a Next Level Intensive workshop yesterday, I asked the participants for some ideas on topics they’d like to cover in future sessions or what they’d like to see me address in my blog. As people were leaving the room, one of the managers sidled up to ...

What Obama Can Learn About Leadership From the Pope

September 24, 2013 A couple of days ago, in the wake of the zigs and zags of the U.S. response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, I started thinking about writing a post on the points along the spectrum of clarity in leadership. Anchoring one end of the spectrum is the ...

3 Leadership Lessons from Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston

September 18, 2013 I’m late to the party for what many claim is The. Greatest. Television. Show. Ever. Over the past couple of months, I’ve found myself really getting into Breaking Bad. Thanks to my iPad, it’s become my late night flight obsession on the way home from business trips. I’m about halfway ...

3 Signs You Need a Break

September 16, 2013 A few weeks back, I wrote in this space that I’d be taking a break from blogging and would be back sometime in September. Well, here I am – back to it and excited to be doing so. A break was just what I needed to give some thought to ...

3 Ways to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

August 22, 2013 As a leader, have you ever felt like there must have been some sort of mistake in the selection process that led to you being in the role you’re in? If so, you’re not the only one. Most leaders do at some or more than one point. The phenomenon is ...

Chill Out. Your Life Depends On It

August 19, 2013 Along with my normal routine of coaching, speaking and writing, my big project this summer has been taking a 200 hour course to become a certified yoga instructor. While I don’t plan to chuck everything else and start teaching yoga full time, it’s been a really great experience – enlightening, ...

How Leaders Can Get to the Truth

August 15, 2013 One of the great challenges in taking on a more senior leadership role is staying plugged in to what’s really going on. All too often, leaders are blindsided because the people on their team tell them what they think they want to hear rather than what they really need to ...

3 Things Thoughtful Leaders Do

August 12, 2013 How are you feeling as the week begins? Is it a peaceful, easy feeling or something a bit more frantic than that? If there is one common denominator I see in the leaders I work with across a range of industries it’s that most of them would check in on ...

Your Life is Now

August 5, 2013 The title of this post is the title of one of my favorite songs, Your Life is Now, by John Mellencamp. It has been on my mind since the very unexpected passing last week of an old high school friend, the Reverend Greg Hamby. As is often the case with ...

Where Leadership Goes to Die

August 1, 2013 While travelling this week, I’ve been reading This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital by New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich. It’s a simultaneously entertaining and depressing account of the power elite in Washington, DC. The primary point of the book, which Leibovich ...