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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What Any Leader Can Learn from Common Executive Succession Planning Mistakes

April 4, 2014 Ever wonder how smart people make bad decisions? That can happen in lots of situations including conversations around the board of directors table about who the next CEO is going to be. In a recent conversation with Scott Saslow of the Institute of Executive Development, I got an inside look...

How to Get What You Really Want

March 31, 2014 Before we go any further, let me clarify what I mean by the title of this post. When I write “How to Get What You Really Want,” I’m not talking about a bigger house, a nicer car or a more important job. There are ways to do all of those...

Why You Need to Flex to Connect as a Leader

March 27, 2014 In the nine years since Tom Friedman wrote The World Is Flat, it has become even flatter and smaller. Even if you’re a leader who never leaves your home country, on any given day you’re likely to be videoconferencing with colleagues halfway around the world and sitting in meeting rooms...

3 Ways to Quiet Your Mental Chatter (aka Monkey Mind)

March 24, 2014 Has this happened to you lately? You’re in a conversation, or a meeting or working on an important project. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, you’re thinking about what you’re going to have for dinner or the email you forgot to respond to or the March Madness game you...

5 Ways to Stay Sane When You Have to Slog Through

March 17, 2014 From the archives of the Department of Irony, I found myself overwhelmed this past week while working on a book whose title is Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. I was at the point in the process where I had to read through about 400 pages of interview excerpts and...

What Does Mindfulness Even Mean, Anyway?

March 10, 2014 If you do a Google search on the word “mindfulness” you’ll find close to 6.5 million results. Safe to say you could spend the rest of the day reading through all of that and still have a lot left to read. (Probably not the most mindful use of your time,...

3 Simple Ways to Create Space to Think

March 3, 2014 How do you create the space to step back and actually think about what really needs to be done when the input is coming in far faster than the output is going out? Here are three simple ways to create the space to think: Leverage Time. One of the leaders...

Why It’s Critical to Have an Organizing Principle

February 25, 2014 During the past couple of weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time reading through the transcripts of interviews I’ve been conducting for my new book about simple and practical things leaders can do to be more mindful in their work and life. It’s been a fun process because I’ve had...

What Can We Learn From a 10-Year-Old About Making a Stand?

February 19, 2014 The adorable 10-year-old girl in the picture with my wife, Diane, and me is Vivienne Harr. We met her at a party at the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Valentine’s Day evening. Earlier that afternoon she spoke to 2,000 people about how her lemonade business has raised over...

What Brings You Joy as a Leader?

February 11, 2014 Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who first became publicly known for his efforts to negotiate a peace treaty during the Vietnam War. Since then, he’s taught around the world and has written more than sixty books that have had an influence on people in all walks of...

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