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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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Gabrielle Giffords: The Courage and Wisdom to Step Back

January 23, 2012 This past weekend, I watched one of the more moving and inspirational videos I've seen in awhile. It's this two minute announcement from Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that she is resigning from Congress this week. It's been just over a year since a gunman shot Giffords in the head and almost...

How to Get Your Leadership Resolutions Back on Track

January 18, 2012 A new year brings with it the promise of change, but desire quickly gets crowded out by reality. Lists of resolutions are made and then fade. Part of the problem is the length of the lists themselves. When it comes to making meaningful change in how you show up as...

Six Leadership Communication Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 16, 2012 On this Martin Luther King Day, I'm going into The Next Level Blog archives for this post on what we can learn from the speaking virtuosity of this great leader. Several years ago I was given the gift of the recordings of the sermons and speeches of Martin Luther King,...

Three Ways to Avoid Taking the Wrong Job (and What to Do About It When You Do)

January 12, 2012 You may have missed the story with all of the coverage on the New Hampshire primary, but White House chief of staff, Bill Daley, resigned this week after just about a year on the job. Daley is a high profile example of the oft cited statistic that anywhere between 25%...

What Do People Want From Work?

January 10, 2012 Other than the basic requirements - food, shelter, healthcare - on the hierarchy of needs, what do people really want from their jobs? Last week I attended a presentation from Peter Cappelli, a Wharton professor and thought leader on talent management, where he addressed that question. Based on a study...

Ten Resolutions That Will Improve Your Presentations This Year

January 5, 2012 A senior executive friend of mine spends a lot of time listening to presentations. A few weeks ago, he sent me an email from a two day conference he was attending. After 10 or 12 hours of bad presentations, he began to take out his frustration by using his iPad...

Three Questions to Guide Your Year

January 4, 2012 I was away for a few weeks over the holidays. It was a nice break and it's good to be back. One of the good things about being back is reconnecting with friends I haven't seen in awhile. One of those is a friend from yoga. We gave each other...

Leadership Lessons from 2011

December 30, 2011 Wow, what a year this has been for good, bad, maddening and inspiring examples of leadership. In his column today, the Washington Post's David Ignatius makes the case that historians will look back on 2011 as a "hinge" - a year in which momentous events set the stage for major...

You Can't Lead Through Text Messages

December 19, 2011 Last Thursday night, I had the opportunity to moderate a panel discussion on leadership at a celebratory dinner for Eagle Scouts past and present. The panelists were all accomplished people and had a lot of interesting reflections and insights to share. One comment from the dinner that I've kept thinking...

Leaders, Throw Your Lines in the Water

December 16, 2011 Today, I want to share a quick story with you that is a different way to think about the challenges, conundrums and problems you bump up against as a leader. It comes from Tim Hurlebaus, who's a Vice President with CGI, a leading IT services provider in the U.S. and...

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