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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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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...

Leadership Lessons from Veterans

November 11, 2011 Over the past couple of years, I've had the good fortune to spend time with members of our armed services in leadership training sessions and on board the aircraft carrier, The USS Harry S Truman and the United States Coast Guard Cutter Venturous. I've learned a lot from the service...

What Did He Know and When Did He Know It?

November 9, 2011 In the days of the Watergate hearings, Senator Howard Baker became famous for asking the question, "What did the President know and when did he know it?" Today, the same question is being asked about Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and administrative officers at the University. It's easy enough...

How to Do Less with Less

November 7, 2011 As I've spoken with groups of leaders over the last year, I've often begun the conversation by asking how many of them would say that the results that are expected of them today are significantly different than those that were expected a year ago. Usually, every hand in the room...

One More Leadership Lesson from a Chilean Miner

November 4, 2011 One of the greatest leadership feel good stories in recent memory ended just over a year ago when 33 Chilean copper miners were rescued from their mine 70 days after they were trapped inside. Their survival and rescue were triumphs of leadership, courage and ingenuity. While they were still underground,...

Lessons in Integrity from Madoff?

November 3, 2011 This is one of those "learn by doing the opposite" kinds of posts. It's inspired by a few New York Times stories earlier this week on a new book that the surviving son of Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff has released. I don't intend to read the book but I noted...