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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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Not as Easy as Advertised

March 25, 2011 A few weeks ago, New York Times Columnist Nick Kristof was arguing for the imposition of a no fly zone over Libya and cited a quote from retired Air Force Chief of Staff General Merrill McPeak to make his case. "I can't imagine an easier military problem," McPeak told Kristof. ...

Do You Get It or Not? Does It Matter?

March 22, 2011 One of the most e-mailed articles on the New York Times website for the past several days has been one titled, "Don't Call Me, I Won't Call You." My guess is a lot of grown up kids are sending it to their parents to prove that they're not the only ...

Shadow Weeks? A Jolly Good Idea

March 18, 2011 A brief article in the Financial Times of London recently reported that Mark Prisk, England's enterprise minister is drawing up a plan in which government ministers and senior civil servants would have to complete a week's work assignment in a small business. Prisk's own staff has taken up the plan. ...

Why Google is Teaching Its Managers to Wash the Dishes

March 17, 2011 The New York Times recently ran an article about what Google has done lately to share the practices of its best managers throughout the company. Being Google, a bunch of statisticians started looking for correlations in the words and phrases that came up again and again in performance reviews, feedback ...

Japan: What You Can Do

March 15, 2011 Like many other people around the world this past weekend, I was transfixed by the news of the epic disaster that hit Japan on March 11. I've noticed that almost all of the coverage so far has been straight news and very little commentary. In my own case, I find ...

Twelve Steps to a Great Networking Conversation

March 14, 2011 A couple of years ago, I wrote a post called Five Principles for Building a Strong Network. It proved to be pretty popular and I've been practicing and coaching on those principles ever since. Today, I want to share twelve steps to having a good networking conversation. With the idea ...

The Questions Leaders Need to Ask About "No-Fly Zones"

March 9, 2011 Every so often, a word or phrase will pick up so much buzz that everyone starts talking about it at once. This week, the catch phrase "no fly zone" has achieved that status. As the Libyan dictator Gaddafi and the forces rallying against him continue to battle, more and more ...

A Senior Executive Shares His Leadership Rules of the Road

March 8, 2011 One of the most popular aspects of my company's group coaching program, Next Level Leadershipâ"¢ for high potential leaders is the senior executive guest speakers who come in for a lunch time "what I've learned" conversation. They talk about what they've learned over the course of their career and what ...

The Big Reasons New Executives Fail and What To Do About Them

March 7, 2011 If you've been around organizations for any length of time, you don't need a research study to tell you that newly hired or promoted executives often struggle in their new roles. You've likely seen it with your own eyes. A recent survey of 320 executives and talent management professionals conducted ...

How to Get a Quick Win

March 2, 2011 As the author of The Next Level, the coaching engagements that I'm asked to take on often involve supporting an executive who's taking on a bigger job, leading after a reorganization or some other situation where the stakes are high and the expectations are different. As the old saying goes, ...