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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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What to Do When Your Boss Says Something You Regret

December 9, 2011 There's an interesting article in the New York Times today for anyone who has ever had to improvise madly when their boss makes an unexpected public commitment. The subject is Dan Akerson, who's been the CEO of General Motors for 15 months. Akerson is not a "car guy." He made...

Five Ways to Deal with the First No

December 7, 2011 A couple of days ago, I had lunch with a friend who's a senior leader in a well known organization. He's in charge of the communications function and recently led a team that put together a very successful first time event that got a ton of positive national media attention....

There's an App for That

December 6, 2011 Geek Alert Warning: This post will only appeal to busy managers and leaders who use a smartphone. We're approaching the time of year where you might be receiving a gift card for the iTunes store or some other online outlet where you can buy apps for a smartphone. So, if...

Their Perception is Your Reality

December 5, 2011 As an executive coach, a big part of my job is helping my clients adjust their behaviors so that they get different results. Since my clients are executives, they are, by definition, dealing with other people. Since that's the case, it's not enough for my clients to adjust their behaviors...

Leadership Lessons from the Eurozone Crisis

December 1, 2011 If you haven't been paying much attention to the Eurozone debt crisis, now might be a pretty good time to start. A relatively small crisis that started with Greece not being able to repay its debts, has spread to Italy and Portugal and it looks like Spain and even France...

Four Ways to Build Your Willpower

November 28, 2011 It's Monday morning, so it's time for me to write a blog post. If you're a regular reader, you may have noticed that I typically post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Unless I'm on vacation, it's three days a week most of the time. That's been the schedule for about...

Take the Thanksgiving Leadership Challenge

November 23, 2011 As Thanksgiving Day approaches in the United States, here's a personal leadership challenge that could have an impact long after the turkey leftovers are gobbled up. If you're a leader (at work, in the community, at home - it doesn't matter where), take up the challenge to give your true...

What Crabs in a Pot Have to Do with Leadership Presence

November 22, 2011 Last week, I spent an afternoon sparking a conversation on leadership presence with a group of rising leaders in a well known organization. The conversation turned to how difficult it can be to lead change because there are often a lot of structures and norms in place that create massive...

Lessons in Winning Gracefully from Coach K

November 17, 2011 In what ended up being a pretty close game, Duke beat Michigan State at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. In the process, Coach Mike Krzyzewski set a record by winning his 903rd Division I basketball game. With the win, he passed his former coach, boss and mentor Bob Knight...

Put Your Own Mask on First

November 15, 2011 If you've flown on a commercial airliner, you've heard the flight attendants say something along the lines of, "In the unlikely event of a loss of cabin pressure, yellow oxygen masks will deploy. Put the strap of the mask over your head and breathe normally. If you're travelling with passengers...