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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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New Leaders: Believe You Should Be There

October 17, 2012 Have you ever noticed what doing something for the first time does to your confidence level? If you’re like most folks, it gets a little shaky when you’re doing something new. Especially if that something new has stakes that seem or actually are high. If you read this blog earlier ...

Leadership and Life Lessons from the Baseball Playoffs

October 15, 2012 If you’re a sports fan, the week that just ended was one of those that makes you wish you didn’t have to work for a living. Every one of the Major League Baseball divisional championship series went to five games and many of the games went into extra innings. Given ...

The Miracle of Flight (or Just About Anything Else)

October 10, 2012 Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of flying. Monday was Los Angeles to Washington on United. When you do something over and over again, it’s easy to take it for granted. Sometimes I hear the pre-flight safety announcements in my sleep. For some reason, though, yesterday I pulled out of ...

What Leaders Can Learn from How Romney Won the Debate

October 4, 2012 Almost immediately after the first U.S. presidential debate on Wednesday, practically every major news outlet from Fox News to MSNBC to the Financial Times of London declared Mitt Romney the outright winner over Barack Obama. Having watched it myself, I have to agree. Romney cleaned Obama’s clock. As I was ...

You Don’t Need to Solve for 100%

October 3, 2012 There’s a pattern I’m seeing lately. Leaders are getting overwhelmed with the complexity of their jobs and throwing up their hands in despair. As Daniel Kahneman explains in his book,Thinking, Fast and Slow, the human brain only has so much capacity for complex problem solving in any given moment before ...

How to Defuse an Inbox Hand Grenade

September 28, 2012 This post will be short and sweet but speaks to something most leaders have to deal with – sometimes multiple times a day. It’s that hand grenade that shows up in your inbox from someone (who usually doesn’t have all the facts), calling you out for something you did do, ...

Seven First Year Mistakes Senior Executives Make

September 26, 2012 One of the comments I hear most often from rising, high potential leaders in our Next Level Leadership® group coaching program is “I’m so glad to know it’s not just me.” Being in the leadership crucible can be a lonely experience. The group coaching participants quickly learn and take comfort ...

What NFL Replacement Refs Show About Leadership Confidence

September 21, 2012 So, here’s an out-there prediction for you. The current labor dispute between the NFL and its officials is going to end soon after a melee breaks out during a game that the replacement refs failed to control. Of course, I hope things don’t actually go that way, but I wouldn’t ...

How to Use a Leadership Coach

September 19, 2012 Think for a moment about the best boss you’ve ever had. Get a specific person in mind. What did they do that made them your best boss? Jot your answers down on the left side of a piece of paper in a column labeled “Best Boss.” Go ahead, we’ve got ...

Three Ways to Lose Your Audience

September 14, 2012 A little over a year ago, I wrote a post called Three Signs Your Slide Deck Stinks. I think it got the most comments in the history of this blog as I invited readers to share their pet peeves from presentation land. The Slide Deck Stinks post comes to mind ...